Friday, January 23, 2009

Is Now The Time To Entertain "Civil Disobedience"?!

Obama To Reverse Nation's Policy On Abortion

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090123/ap_on_go_pr_wh/obama_abortion_ban

Now may be a good time to study up on our Henry David Thoreau.

Deeply affected by the abolitionists he had met in Manhattan, Thoreau returned to Concord in 1844 and dedicated much of his time to lectures and essays advocating abolition and became involved in sheltering runaway slaves on their journey north.

In 1846 Thoreau was briefly imprisoned for refusing to pay a poll tax to the village of Concord, in protest against the government's support of slavery, as well as its war of expansion with Mexico. During his imprisonment Thoreau wrote an essay titled "Civil Disobedience". As the years passed, Thoreau's commitment to the antislavery movement strengthened and even into the declining health of his later years, he remained a man of conviction and action.

The following are some of the excerpts from his essay "Civil Disobedience" that I find important today as we face a government who is willing to force over half of its citizens to support and participate (through taxation) AGAINST THEIR WISHES, something that they find morally irreprehensible and oppose at all levels. A government that wishes to force its citizens to particpate in murder.

"That government is best which governs least" (urging us to stay away from socialism)

"Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it. When the power is once in the hands of the people, a majority are permitted, and for a long period continue, to rule is not because they are most likely to be in the right, nor because this seems fairest to the minority, but because they are physically the strongest. But a government in which the majority rule in all cases cannot be based on justice." (This is why our country is not supposed to be a "majority rules" democracy. It is supposed to be a Republic where the majority does NOT rule and the powers and authorities of government are limited.)

"I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward. It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right."

"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." (There have been calls to drop the partisanship and support our new President Obama in these harsh times for our country. I believe like Thoreau that by doing so, we are not men first. We must fight for what is RIGHT. We must refuse allegiance to and resist his government and its tyranny at all costs. We can pray FOR Obama but we must oppose him and fight him at every chance we get. Not just through our votes, but through action. Just as citizens in the past had to stand up to our government to fight against the immoral practice of slavery, we must now stand against Obama and fight against the immoral practice of abortion. Time will prove us right in this battle.)

"They hesitate, and they regret, and sometimes they petition; but they do nothing in earnest and with effect. They will wait, well disposed, for others to remedy the evil, that they may no longer have it to regret."

"The character of the voters is not staked. I cast my vote, perchance, as I think right; but I am not vitally concerned that that right should prevail. I am willing to leave it to the majority. Voting for the right is doing nothing for it. It is only expressing to men feebly your desire that is should prevail. A wise man will not leave the right to mercy of chance, now wish it to prevail through the power of the majority. There is but little virtue in the action of masses of men. Only his vote can hasten the abolition of slavery who asserts his own freedom by his vote."

"Those who, while they disapprove of the character and measures of a government, yield to it their allegiance and support are undoubtedly its most conscientious supporters, and so frequently the most serious obstacles to reform. Some are petitioning the state to dissolve the Union, to disregard the requisitions of the President. Why do they not dissolve it themselves, -the union between themselves and the state,- and refuse to pay their quota into its treasury? Do not they stand in the same relation to the state that the state that the state does to the Union? And have not the same reasons permitted the state from resisting the Union which have prevented them from resisting the state?" (He challenges us to disobey the law here and refuse to give our money (taxes) to a government that will use our money on something that we morally opposes such as slavery or abortion. Something where millions of lives are at stake.)

"Men generally, under such a government as this, think that they ought to wait until they have persuaded the majority to alter them. They think that, if they should resist, the remedy would be worse than the evil. But it is the fault of the government itself that the remedy is worse than the evil. It makes it worse. Why does it not cherish its wise minority? Why does it not encourage its citizens to be on the alert to point out its faults, and do better than it would have them?"

"I meet this American government, or its representative, the state government, directly, and face to face, once a year - no more - in the person of its tax-gatherer; this is the only mode in which a man situated as I am necessarily meets it; and it then says distinctly, Recognize me; and the simplest, most effectual, and, in the present posture of affairs, the indispensablest mode of treating with it on this head, of expressing your little satisfaction with and love for it, is to deny it then." (challenging us to speak to our government our opposition through the only means we can...not paying our taxes.)

"For it matters not how small the beginning may seem to be; what is once well done is done forever."

"Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison."

"If any think that their influence would be lost there (prison), and their voices no longer afflict the ear of the State, that they would not be as an enemy within its walls, they do not know by how much truth is stronger than error, nor how much more eloquently and effectively he can combat injustice who has experienced a little in his own person. Cast your whole vote, not a strip of paper merely, but your whole influence. A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority; it is not even a minority then; but it is irresistible when it clogs by its whole weight."

"If a thousand men were not to pay their tax-bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood. This is, in fact, the definition of a peaceable revolution." (More innocent blood could be saved if we can oppose abortion by refusing to support this government.)

"If there were one who lived wholly without the use of money, the State itself would hesitate to demand it of him. But the rich man - not to make any invidious comparison - is always sold to the institution which makes him rich. Absolutely speaking, the more money, the less virtue; for money comes between a man and his objects, and obtains them for him."

"The best thing a man can do for his culture when he is rich is to endeavor to carry out those schemes which he entertained when he was poor."

"they cannot spare the protection of the existing government, and they dread the consequences to their property and families of disobedience to it. I should not like to think that I ever rely on the protection of the State. But, if I denly the authority of the State when it presents its tax-bill, it will soon take and waste all my property, and so harass me and my children without end. This makes it impossible for a man to live honestly, and at the same time comfortably, in outward respects." (He is pointing out that doing the right thing in standing up to our government can cost us property, harassment, etc. but if you want to keep your material belongings you will have to "sell out" and not live and HONEST life. If you wish to live an HONEST life, you will have to give up your material belongings to the government when you stand up against them. He points out that it is tougher for rich folks to live and honest life because they stand to lose more so it is tougher for them to do what is right in standing up against the tyranny of government).

"Confucius said, "If a state is governed by the principles or reason, poverty and misery are subjects of shame; if a state is not governed by the principles of reason, riches and honors are the subjects of shame."

"If we were left solely to the wordy wit of legislators in Congress for our guidance, uncorrected by the seasonable experience and the effectual complaints of the people, America would not long retain her rank among the nations. For eighteen hundred years, though perchance I have no right to say it, the New Testament has been written; yet where is the legislator who has the wisdom and practical talent enough to avail himself of the light which it sheds on the science of legislation?" (We can't allow the fate of this great country to rest in the hands of our politicians. The fate of our nation rests with the experience and voice of the people).

"It (government) can have no pure right over my person and property but what I concede to it. The progress from an absolute to a limited monarchy, from a limited monarchy to a democracy, (and now from democracy to Republic) is a progress toward a true respect for the individual."

"Is a democracy, such as we know it, the last improvement possible in government? Is is not possible to take a step further towards recognizing and organizing the rights of man? There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly. (We will not truly be a free country until our government recognized that we the people are not its servants. All of its power is limited and given by us, We the people!)

So now we come to a cross roads. We know it is not right for Obama and our government to force us to support and participate in something that we morally oppose such as the murder of millions of babies. So where do we go from him. Verbal opposition? Peaceful Revolution? Is it time for revolution? Thomas Paine's Common Sense Part II? Maybe our country IS too divided on issues of moral importance, national security and preservation of our nationality. Maybe President Lincoln's vision is finally outdated. Maybe it is time to move on?

I believe the time has come for us to seriously look into the state of our Union. Can we truthfully say we are proud of our country and where it is headed? Do we want to support and defend what may soon stand for? Where is our allegiance...blindly to country or to the morals and principles it was founded on and are quickly being being ignored and reversed? It's time to take a long hard look at yourself, and your country, and the part you play in the future direction of America.

1 comment:

B2 said...

Vatican criticizes Obama on abortion issue

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090124/ap_on_re_eu/eu_vatican_obama_2

VATICAN CITY – Vatican officials said Saturday they were disappointed by President Barack Obama's decision to end a ban on federal funding for international groups that perform abortions or provide information on them.

Monsignor Rino Fisichella, who heads the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life, urged Obama to listen to all voices in America without "the arrogance of those who, being in power, believe they can decide of life and death."

Fisichella said in an interview published Saturday in Corriere della Sera that "if this is one of President Obama's first acts, I have to say, in all due respect, that we're heading quickly toward disappointment."

Obama signed an executive order that ended the ban on Friday, reversing the policy of the Bush administration.

"This deals a harsh blow not only to us Catholics but to all the people across the world who fight against the slaughter of innocents that is carried out with the abortion," another top official with the Academy for Life, Monsignor Elio Sgreccia, told the ANSA news agency.

"Among the many good things that he could have done, Barack Obama instead chose the worst," he was quoted as saying Saturday.

Officials at the academy could not be reached Saturday.