Originally Posted by Ricky B
They are indeed linked but not inextricably (at least not in this forum, I suspect).
While I agree with the rest of your premises in the post, there is an inextricable oneness to laws and politics. The Supreme Law of the Land was created by people who had suffered under prior laws they disagreed with. They became politicians to change this; and they did.
I think that where the forum demands separation of the politics is in the analysis of the politicians and parties themselves. "That d---ed <insert name> always votes with the <insert party> because he is a party hack." far differs from <Insert name> could be the deciding vote which sways the <passage/defeat> of <insert bill>."
True, there are partisan bills which are hoisted by one party or another; but that is within the scope of the original intent. The planks of the party platform are always clearly stated. The Founders purposely created a partisan, adversarial government and called it the "Great Experiment". The great debate continues to this day.