Civil disobedience and the American Revolution / by kevin murray

A very strong argument could be made, and should be made, that when the representatives of the colonies got together and affixed their signatures upon the Declaration of Independence; of which they pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor, to express to the world at large, the salient reasons for the breaking of their political bonds with Great Britain, that those causes so expressed, were an obvious form of civil disobedience.  That is to say, the Declaration of Independence by those colonies, was the defining act of the civil disobedience that led directly to the ultimate creation of this free republic, which the United States of America, so represents.


This indicates that civil disobedience is part and parcel of being an American, and that therefore every citizen within America, has an absolute duty to disobey and/or to protest those laws that are not in harmony with that Declaration of Independence, in conjunction with the highest law of this law, which is its written Constitution.  In point of fact, if the citizens of this great nation, will not show their mettle when their civil rights and freedoms are being taken or siphoned away from them by state apparatus or wrongful court decisions, then those citizens do not deserve those rights or those freedoms, for nothing in this world, is static, and everything of value in this world, comes at a real cost and concerted effort.


The problem that any government has, especially a national government that has been in existence for well over two hundred years, is that, the powers to be of that government and by those representatives, often lose sight of exactly their purpose of being; of which, that purpose is fundamentally to be a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, with the abiding consent of those people.  This so indicates that a government that favors the few at the expense of the many; or that is unjust in the application of the law being equally applied, is primarily a government of those that it favors or are well placed, which is quite obviously counter to it being of good purpose and of benefit for the people, as a whole.


All governments must be held accountable for what they do and for what they accomplish, and the less transparent and forthcoming that governments are about what they are really doing, the less the people are being served, for those governments that are not open books, are undoubtedly up to no good, despite whatever words or reasons are expressed to assure the public that they need not worry.


The duty of any good citizen is to hold that government that was created to serve them, accountable, for all that they do with the powers so vested in that governance.  To the extent that the government serves well the people, the greater that nation and the security of the people will be; and to the extent that government is inimical to their governing documents and to the people, then the people will be the ones to suffer for it, for the failure of their representatives and of their government to properly do right by them.  It must be said, and it should be said that all those that express civil disobedience are on the vanguard of what the American Revolution was all about, and they are truly the good conscience of their nation, for which it was founded upon.