Speaking out against corruption should count for something, even if you only do it on ATS. At least I don't think it would be better to
automatically resort to violence or anything like that.
If my future kids asked me the same question, I could tell them I at least practiced civil disobedience. The federal government doesn't bother me so
much here as much as the local government, sometimes enforcing bank policies or federal laws or whatever the case may be. I refuse to pay bills I
disagree with. I've had my license suspended for refusing to pay bills to the bank for "overdraft fees" that were completely ridiculous and hardly
my fault, for checks not "going through the system" or other similar total bull.
I've then been pulled over and charged for driving without a license since my license was suspended for refusing to pay bills/fines. Guess what? I
didn't go to court for those, either. I had 2 charges of driving w/o license in two counties and I didn't go to either of them. One of the courts
just fined me once again in my absence, which once again is not a high priority for me to pay off, not really on my mind at all actually, and the
other county picked me up and ran me through the magistrate and let me go with another case for "failure to appear" in January. Still debating how
I should best handle this one.
Before anyone says, "What good is that?", let me say this. There are TONS
of people doing exactly what I am doing right now. The end
result on the court system is that they can't keep doing this, they don't have the resources to prosecute everyone to the full extent that they
might otherwise prosecute. They used to do worse for people doing what I am doing and have done. Only just a few years ago, they probably would
have already put me in jail for a couple of days for so adamantly refusing to cooperate with their policies and even telling them in court to their
faces that I have no means of paying them and what they are give me is going to be to no effect at best, to everyone's (including the court's)
disadvantage at worst (and more likely scenario -- because again, they just don't have the resources to handle all these cases). Especially since
the economy has taken a turn, the courts have been swamped with cases for people owing money, not paying money, not being ABLE to pay money.
Also in these same interactions with my local authorities, judges, lawyers, magistrates, police officers, I make it a point to do the last thing
(which is to cooperate respectfully but also hold your rightful ground
) and really make them think about what THEY
are personally doing
. I don't act like a victim. I don't act like something "wrong" has been done to me, and certainly don't try to blame
THEM for my problems. Because they always say they have no control over the laws anyway, that they just enforce them (which is total bull and I know
it, but whatever). So I don't take that route. I do exactly what I am "supposed to" by their own mentalities, which I know well enough. The
police officers I deal with always end up being very nice to me and doing the most they can to help me in court, once even not showing up at all so I
got completely out of a charge. Because, again, I do not make myself out to be a victim, I simply allow them to see that I
am behaving and doing everything "correctly," and yet things STILL tend to roll downhill for me in court
(and then it is hard for them to ignore
the hardships they themselves are putting so many people through). That is, until they do their own parts to correct the system on their end, to
make things not so bad on me, a real victim of an awful system of "justice." And seeing things like that gives me a greater sense of satisfaction
than having any bill paid off. Because bills can be paid forever and you are just giving them power. Refuse to pay, something has got to give
Anyway, the specifics of all this stuff is complicated to get into but the bottom line is I throw myself in front of a legal train and allow it to
run me over repeatedly for the sake of others. And there are so many people doing this, intentionally or not, that IT'S WORKING
. Thus the
benefit to you all, even if you have to get in trouble yourself before you can see it. There are so many people "in trouble" for such trivial and
petty, ridiculous "crimes," that the legal system is just about broke. They do what they can to keep their heads above water and tug the status quo
for the most part, and that's about all they are able to do from what all I have seen, at least in my hometown.
I also like the "graffiti artist" route, though I'm no artist and it's not really my thing. I love going out and seeing beautiful and uplifting
graffiti or messages painted in public places for all to see. That's really sending a message in my book. Even the people who scoff, it makes an
impression on them that they will remember when others mention it.
[edit on 7-11-2009 by bsbray11]