Mar 23, 2005

Civil Disobedience and our Duty as Americans

"After all, the practical reason why, 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, even as far as men understand it. Can there not be a government in which majorities do not virtually decide right and wrong, but conscience?—in which majorities decide only those questions to which the rule of expediency is applicable? 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 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."

Henry David Thoreau - "Civil Disobedience" - 1849

Our founding fathers rightfully believed that our rights were not granted to us by man, but rather by God and that it was our right as citizens to refuse to submit to unjust laws. In our Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote, "That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends [to secure God-given rights], it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it." Furthermore, Benjamin Franklin said, "Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God." In like manner, one of history's most respected church fathers, St. Augustine, said, "Evil law is no law at all."

Terri Schiavo whose only crime is that she is brain damaged and unable to care for herself is being executed by the most heinous of methods. She is being starved and dehydrated to death via "proactive neglect". This "cruel and unusual" sentence of death has been imposed on her by the omnipotent Judge Greer, a black-robed tyrant who has refused so much as a drop of water to touch the lips of Terri Schiavo.

Our nation's Supreme Court has ruled that executing mentally retarded convicts violates the Eighth Amendment's constitutional protection against "cruel and unusual punishment". If this violates the constitutional rights of convicts then simple logic would dictate that it also violates the constitutional rights of those who are not convicted of any crime. Terri Schiavo has been convicted of no crime whatsoever.

The treatment of Terri Schiavo and the "court order" issued by Judge Greer is inhumane, barbaric, cruel and above all "evil". The Vatican has asked "to what chilling eugenic mentality belongs this principle".

For the last several years we have been helplessly drifting into the abyss, lost in a sea of despair becoming totally reliant on these activist judges and judicial tyrants for our salvation. With our own moral compass long rusted over we have allowed these tyrants to dictate to us right from wrong and now, at the end, who lives and who dies.

All Americans not only have the right, but have a moral responsibility to stand up to this tyranny, feed the hungry and give water to the thirsty. We all have a moral obligation to care for those among us who are sick and disabled or unable to care for themselves. We are all morally responsible to behave according to the overruling moral principles of natural law, for us to blindly follow evil and unjust "court orders" or directives from any judge or court in the land does not, nor does it ever, exonerate us for our personal responsibility and the accountability of our own conduct.

I urge all of you who love freedom to show love and compassion for your fellow man. Please hurry, grab whatever you can and take lifegiving water to Terri Schiavo now.

God Bless You.

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