Civil disobedience is the active, professed refusal to obey certain laws, demands, and commands of a government, or of an occupying international power. Civil disobedience is commonly, though not always,defined as being nonviolent resistance. It is one form of civil resistance. In one view (in India, known as ahimsa or satyagraha) it could be said that it is compassion in the form of respectful disagreement.
Throughout history, acts of civil disobedience has reinforced society’s moral parameters against draconian and tyrannical laws. Henry David Thoreauwrote Resistance to Civil Government in 1849:
I heartily accept the motto, “That government is best which governs least”; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe–“That government is best which governs not at all”; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which the will have. Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient. The objections which have been brought against a standing army, and they are many and weighty, and deserve to prevail, may also at last be brought against a standing government. The standing army is only an arm of the standing government. The government itself, which is only the mode which the people have chosen to execute their will, is equally liable to be abused and perverted before the people can act through it. Witness the present Mexican war, the work of comparatively a few individuals using the standing government as their tool; for in the outset, the people would not have consented to this measure.
The Boston Tea Party, the suffrage movement, the resistance against British rule by Gandhi, Martin Luther King in the civil rights movement, and others made a stand stating that draconian, immoral, and tyrannical laws of authoritarian leadership will not be tolerated.
So the resistance against those who will not obey the Second Amendment and look to repealing it begins
With emotions running high in the aftermath of the Newtown Sandy Hook shooting, politicians on the State and Federal level have begun introducing legislative actions to curtail access to firearms protected by the Second Amendment. In Missouri, parents may soon be forced to register firearms with their child’s school under threat of criminal penalties. In Massachusetts, another proposal would require storage of semi-automatic rifles at government approved storage depots. And, in the State of New York, congressional representatives have already passed legislation that requires registration of every semi-automatic rifle and reduces maximum magazine capacity to 7 rounds of ammunition, and Governor Cuomo has floated the idea of gun confiscation.
Despite studies and hard statistics showing that more guns leads to less crime
, those who are supposed to support and defend the Constitution (by oath) are leading a crusade against firearms, mainly because of how close they look to military style weapons and the amount of ammunition in magazines. The M1 Garand
, a WWII weapon, favorite among gun collectors and hunters, is included on the ban list because it is semi-automatic. It has a common wooden stock (unless customized) and does not look like an AR-15/M-16 “assault” rifle.
Registration merely makes it easier to eventual confiscation. This would be literal stealing from citizens because they do not intend to compensate for the cost of what is confiscated.
We have long been deprived of property rights; it is time to demand one of the most important liberties the Founders endeavored to protect.
In Illinois, citizens who do not want so-called “Smart Meters
” installed on their homes, are being arrested
. Is this advanced technology or Big Brother tactics
of a government seeking total control? Building permits were originally designed to ensure that people built homes and structures on their property that are safe. Today, it has become a government racket, sometimes used for ulterior motives, but most often just another way of getting money from your wallet. The cost of building permits are ridiculous and a bureaucratic nightmare. Why should anyone have to obtain a building permit to put up a fence or a garden shed from a kit? Zoning is another problem. Who cares if the neighbor has four automobiles on his property?
Government has been preaching about alternate energy, yet did you ever try to get a wind power generator installed on your property? The bureaucracy is phenomenal. There are people putting signs against wind power on their front lawns and complaining to local government if someone tries to do so. Farmers have found that its saves on electrical power required from the local grid and the savings will eventually pay for the high cost of installation. If there were more competing companies who made and installed them, that price would go down so more can afford it. Solar panels are an alternate means of producing electricity.
All of this is going to come to a head when citizens finally have had enough with Big Brother, Big Business, and unconstitutional government. Voters must be more responsible in their choices.