Friday, July 10, 2015

Civil Disobedience of Totalitarianism is Here [With Addendum]

Oklahoma attempts to defy the dictates of its Supreme Court.
The coming era of civil disobedience

"The Oklahoma Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, has ordered a monument of the Ten Commandments removed from the state Capitol.

Calling the Commandments “religious in nature and an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths,” the court said the monument must go.

Gov. Mary Fallin has refused. And Oklahoma lawmakers instead have filed legislation to let voters cut out of their constitution the specific article the justices invoked. Some legislators want the justices impeached.

Fallin’s action seems a harbinger of what is to come in America – an era of civil disobedience like the 1960s, where court orders are defied and laws ignored in the name of conscience and a higher law.

Only this time, the rebellion is likely to arise from the right.

Certainly, Americans are no strangers to lawbreaking. What else was our revolution but a rebellion to overthrow the centuries-old rule and law of king and parliament, and establish our own?

U.S. Supreme Court decisions have been defied and those who defied them lionized by modernity. Thomas Jefferson freed all imprisoned under the sedition act, including those convicted in court trials presided over by Supreme Court justices. Jefferson then declared the law dead.

Some Americans want to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman, who, defying the Dred Scott decision and fugitive slave acts, led slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

New England abolitionists backed the anti-slavery fanatic John Brown, who conducted the raid on Harpers Ferry that got him hanged but helped to precipitate a Civil War. That war was fought over whether 11 Southern states had the same right to break free of Mr. Lincoln’s Union as the 13 colonies did to break free of George III’s England.

Millions of Americans, with untroubled consciences, defied the Volstead Act, imbibed alcohol and brought an end to Prohibition.

In the civil rights era, defying laws mandating segregation and ignoring court orders banning demonstrations became badges of honor.

Rosa Parks is a heroine because she refused to give up her seat on a Birmingham bus, despite the laws segregating public transit that relegated blacks to the “back of the bus.”

In “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Dr. King, defending civil disobedience, cited Augustine – “an unjust law is no law at all” – and Aquinas who defined an unjust law as “a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.”

Said King, “One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

But who decides what is an “unjust law”?

Read more at the LINK.

Rosa Parks is one of my heroes; I even painted a picture of her. Her courage in the face of the
Democrat dictators who oppressed, suppressed and demeaned her people
due to their race was extraordinary, and it began a true march toward equality for those who want it (apparently many do not, and even revere the Democrats).

Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and the Indiana Pizza Lady all were defying the exact same group: the Democrat Party.

The scofflaw Democrat government can inspire nothing but a scofflaw populace.

My favorite phrase from the above article is this:
"A secession of the heart has already taken place in America"
Note that in both Baltimore and New York City, crime is soaring in the absence of policing, due to Leftist attacks on police. Police now fear prosecution for having done their jobs. Imagine being a cop who is put in the same prison with the felons he has put there himself - it's a death threat to cops, who are now doing what the Left wants: not policing the criminals. This is their form of civil disobedience and not doing their lawful duties. The victims, of course, are the people - usually minorities - who are now at the mercy of criminals. But at least now the criminals are free from "persecution" by the evil police "oppressors". Criminals, if they are black or brown, are a designated Victimhood Class. There is no limit to the inversions of logic which the AtheoLeft will employ on their march to destroy the society which they hate.

Judicial civil disobedience is on the rise. Judges in the courts nearest me have stopped doing marriages altogether, since the Supreme Court diktat would require them to do any homosexual marriages which apply. And this judge refused a homosexual marriage. Some of this is John Galtism, some is direct rebellion and refusal to accept the dictate to violate one's moral principles. What will happen when homosexuals demand church weddings from evangelical pastors is still to be tested. Without doubt, they will test that because they must destroy all dissent.

But when civil disobedience becomes sufficiently widespread, it will be uncontrollable. But what that will accomplish is hard to predict.

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