The goal of every parent is for his and her child to mature, always tell the truth, and learn to honor their vows. When parents see their child refuse to get along with another child, responding with the “I’m going to take my toys and go,” that mom and dad know they have important truths to teach about how to live life.
But what if those parents do not succeed? What if the child grows up, yet continues to violate his or her word? What if the child grows up never learning how to play fair? Then society is hurt. Hurt badly.
Governors and attorneys general take oaths to defend the laws of their state. Presidents are obligated to enforce the laws of the nation. They swear an oath to do exactly that.