This time I am going to run an excerpt from Judge Napolitano’s book, ” It Is Dangerous to be Right when the Government is Wrong, Chapter 15″.
I had a Dream Today, That My Brothers and Sisters Overthrew the Government.
Just as it was Thomas Paine’s positive moral duty to organize mass disobedience of unjust laws by spreading the message of independence, individual liberty, and natural rights, and thus to expose the unjust actions of the British government, it is our duty to spread this same message, and expose the unjust actions of the current American government. Most importantly, we must engage in peaceful civil disobedience of those unjust laws. Just think of the world we would be living in today if the American colonists did not fight for independence and disobey the British laws, or if Rosa Parks did not think she had a duty to violate the unjust law which made it illegal for her to sit in the front of the bus.
Not surprisingly, the right to ignore or disobey an unjust government has been articulated by many powerful American thinkers throughout history, each responding to a different moment in a long terrain of abuses. Consider the examples of Henry David Thoreau and Dr. King. As explained by Thoreau, this positive moral duty of civil disobedience comes from the reasoning that if no action is taken by the individual to change an unjust law or legal system, the individual in turn practically becomes a supporter, an enabler of the unjust law or legal system, and anyone who supports an unjust law or legal system is acting in violation of the morality set forth by the Natural Law.
Dr. King clearly understood the necessity of acting upon the positive moral duty of civil disobedience, and he stated this reason in his Letter From Birmingham jail, where he wrote, “I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
No longer shall Americans sit idly by at home and accept the status quo while injustice surrounds us. It is time to start peacefully fighting the injustice that takes place in our state legislatures as well as in Washington DC.
My personal opinion based on Natural Law
Unjust laws of this government should not be obeyed. When the police show up at your door without a search warrant, you have the right and the duty to protect your 4th Amendment Rights. If that were to happen to the Hawk and me, we would tell them they are not allowed into our house without a search warrant. This does mean we could be killed. But it is our duty to push back on these kinds of violations.
When the TSA gropes and porns us, this is once again a violation of our 4th Amendment Rights. If people in large masses would refuse these searches it would be their right to disobey “an unjust law”. The TSA violates our 4th Amendment Rights and Natural Law under the pretense of safety.
When the president of the United States issues an Executive Order that he can seize our homes, our cars, our food, and anything else from our houses this is an unjust law. We do not need to obey this injustice and we should not turn over our property which belongs to us, NOT the President of the United States.
These are just a few of the injustices we are seeing now. There are many, many more. But for brevity I state just a few. We do not have to obey laws that are against our Natural Law.
From the Declaration of Independence
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
“That when any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and institute a new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”