Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Civil Disobedience



As I watched Obama's Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Peter Orszag, refuse to take tax-payer funded abortions off the proverbial table of the new nationalized health care plan(video above), I couldn't help but think of Henry David Thoreau...

I dug out Civil Disobedience and reread it. Ironically, Thoreau wasn't a career social activist --he was more of an Individualist (or a Libertarian that aspired to Anarchism)--but he was just so appalled with what his government had become, he was unable to remain one of the "machines" with "no free exercise whatever of judgment or of the moral sense."

"...But, to speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call themselves no-government men, I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government. Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it...

...A very few, as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men, serve the state with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated as enemies by it. A wise man will only be useful as a man, and will not submit to be "clay," and "stop a hole to keep the wind away," but leave that office to his dust at least...

...All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable. But almost all say that such is not the case now. But such was the case, they think, in the Revolution of '75. If one were to tell me that this was a bad government because it taxed certain foreign commodities brought to its ports, it is most probable that I should not make an ado about it, for I can do without them. All machines have their friction; and possibly this does enough good to counterbalance the evil. At any rate, it is a great evil to make a stir about it. But when the friction comes to have its machine, and oppression and robbery are organized, I say, let us not have such a machine any longer. In other words, when a sixth of the population of a nation which has undertaken to be the refuge of liberty are slaves, and a whole country is unjustly overrun and conquered by a foreign army, and subjected to military law, I think that it is not too soon for honest men to rebel and revolutionize. What makes this duty the more urgent is the fact that the country so overrun is not our own, but ours is the invading army..." (Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau, 1849)

I believe this is the time.

Revolt is mandatory.

Is that too dramatic?

I really don't think so. Like Thoreau said, there were people in 1775 saying there should be no revolt, but thankfully the Activists prevailed!

This is OUR government, not theirs. They were elected by us and can be removed by us. The spending is now completely out of hand and criminal in my opinion. If ALL OF US become engaged, if ALL OF US refuse to pay into this illegal use of our money...they will be left impotent to act.

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