posted on Jul, 12 2010 @ 08:42 AM
Recently I finished reading a book by one Henry David Thoreau titled "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience" (Original title: Resistance to Civil
Government) and this essay will draw from, and hopefully expound upon this work. Throughout this work I will attempt to make analogies to our present
day government, but bare in mind this book was written in 1849.
It seems many Americans and others around the world (though mostly us Americans) have lost their sense of power over their government. No longer do we
feel we have any control whatsoever. No longer do we feel we have government "by the people, for the people".
"Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient."
Our system of government was never intended to harass it's people, and yet here we are.
"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."
Now remove "Mexican war" and insert "Patriot act", "Iraq/Afghan conflict", "Too big to fail and bailouts at the taxpayers expense",
"Warmongering against Iran", "health insurance at the point of a gun" and any number of other treasonous acts our "elected" officials carry out
on a daily basis.
Then what is the answer? Do we do away with government entirely and move to anarchy? Certainly in an age where men are not self governed by a system
of honor, an elected government is preferable, right?
"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
This is not intended to allude to party affiliation, but quite literally what system of government.
You see, this is the biggest lie to be propagated to the people: That the people need governing.
"Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator?" "Why has every man a conscience then?"
"I think we should be men first, and citizens afterward." "It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as a respect for the
right." "The only obligation which I have a right to assume, is to do at any time what I think right."
"Law never made men a whit more just; and by means of their respect for it, even the well disposed are daily made the agents of injustice."
Has our opinion of our own worth been so degraded, so utterly destroyed, that you truly think you have no power over your own destiny? Even though
anyone who takes the time to consider it sees the wrong, even still they are not willing to do anything about it. Here's an excerpt that really
"...when 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, rather ours is the invading army."
"There are thousands who are in opinion opposed to the war, who yet in effect do nothing to put an end to it; who esteeming themselves
children of Washington and Franklin sit down with their hands in their pockets, and say they know not what to do, and so do nothing." [Who] "quietly
read the prices-current and the latests advice from Mexico, after dinner it may be, and fall asleep over them both."
But "what is the price-current of an honest man and patriot, today?" Here in these united States, we are a mere four months from our next
~To be cont.~
[edit on 12-7-2010 by blood0fheroes]