In his latest column, Walter Williams quotes French economist/philosopher Frederic Bastiat. Bastiat provided a great litmus test for judging the morality of a law and government action:
See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.
Bastiat added in his book The Law:
When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law.