Is Mass Civil Disobedience Our Future?

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On the holiday set aside in 2020 to honor Martin Luther King, the premier advocate of nonviolent Gandhian civil disobedience, thousands of gun owners gathered in Richmond to petition peacefully for their rights.

King had preached that there was a higher law that justified breaking existing laws that mandated racial segregation.

When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in the front of the bus in Montgomery, when Freedom Riders integrated bus terminals, when black students sat at segregated lunch counters in North Carolina, they challenged state law in the name of what they said was a higher law.

And Virginia gun owners believe their moral obligation to protect families, friends and themselves in a violent society justifies their right to keep and carry firearms, no matter what the Virginia legislature says.

Americans have a long history of breaching laws in the name of a higher law or God-given rights.

The patriots of Boston gathered an arsenal at Concord in defiance of the British. To protest a tea tax imposed by parliament, they dressed as American Indians and threw shiploads of imported tea into Boston Harbor.

Shays’ Rebellion in Massachusetts, to protest debt collections in 1786-87, and the 1794 Whiskey Rebellion in western Pennsylvania, to protest a tax, both had to be crushed with force.

Abolitionists supported the violation of fugitive slave laws, the enforcement of which Lincoln endorsed in his first inaugural as a national necessity to restore and preserve the Union.

A constitutional prohibition of the sale of beer, wine and liquor in the U.S., following the enactment of the 18th Amendment, led to massive civil disobedience in the Roaring '20s, before it was repealed in 1933 by the 21st Amendment.

During Vietnam, burning draft cards was a regular feature of anti-war rallies.
Historians may describe the racial riots of the 1960s -- Harlem, Watts, Newark, Detroit, and 100 U.S. cities including Washington, D.C., after King's assassination -- as popular uprisings, but many required National Guard and federal troops to stop the looting, shooting and arson.

By the late 1960s, LBJ, who had passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, could not visit a college campus without a violent demonstration.

This week, Washington hosts the 46th annual March for Life to commemorate the 60 million unborn killed in the abortion mills of America since Roe v. Wade in 1973.

In conservative states, restrictions imposed on abortion facilities have put some out of business. The legislators and governors who have done so believe the right to life trumps the Warren Court ruling in Roe v. Wade.

Perhaps the greatest manifestation of civil disobedience today is the illegal presence of between 12 million and 20 million immigrants who broke into our country or are breaking the law by being here after their visas expired.

Their collaborators are the business owners who hire them and the public officials who refuse to treat them as lawbreakers.

"Sanctuary cities" have been created where local and state authorities refuse to cooperate with immigration enforcement.

Now, towns, cities and counties are creating "Second Amendment sanctuaries," where laws restricting gun rights will not be enforced.

If state and local police, themselves gun owners, stand with those who defy the new state laws on guns, who enforces the new laws?

The Virginia Senate has begun to move bills requiring background checks for gun purchasers including red flag laws to disarm individuals deemed at risk to themselves or others, and bills granting permission for locales to restrict the carrying of arms in government buildings and confining the purchases of handguns to one a month.

There are other restrictions the Democratic legislature in Richmond and governor are ready to move, including restricting the number of bullets in clips and magazines and halting sales of rifles like the AR-15.

Gun owners see these as the onset of an all-out assault on gun rights.
For a republic to endure, there has to be a common consent on the rule of law and what constitutes a good society. But these seem to be at issue again in America.

Is abortion the killing of an innocent human being? Do Americans have a constitutional and human right to keep and carry firearms to protect themselves and their loved ones?

Who is and who is not a rightful resident of our national home?

Do illegal migrants have a right to come here and stay here? Or do their numbers imperil our national identity and existence as "one nation and one people?"
Violent crime was greater in America in the early 1990s. Urban riots were far more common in the 1960s. And there is nothing today comparable to the bloodletting of the 1861-65 War Between the States.

Still, Americans seem to disagree with each other more and to dislike each other more than they have in the lifetime of most of us.

One wonders: How does it all stay together? And for how long?

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of "Nixon's White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever." 

14 thoughts on “Is Mass Civil Disobedience Our Future?”

    1. THANK YOU ADAM SHIFF AND NANCY, BY YOUR LIES AND IMPEACHMENT YOU HAVE ENSURED MYSELF AND MILLIONS OF OTHERS WILL VOTE 2020 FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND END DEMOCRAT PARTY

      1. When so called “leaders” and rotten politicians impoae rheir wills on the people they claim to represent, it is time for civil disobedience.
        In fact, peple should push for enacting a law that will enable the REMOVAL of anybody elected
        by them at any time they find him/her not doing what he/her was ELECTED for…!!!!

  1. I think our federal government needs to be reduced in size and needs to repeal laws which are themselves designed to favor one group over another. Next they need to get the government out of our lives . I am better off without their interference.

    1. They can start with the DACA mandate, cease mangling of the intent of the 14th Amendment to allow those who have not pledged their sole allegiance to the laws of this nation, and start following the letter of the articles of the 1952 McCarren-Walters act, Chapter 2, Section 212 which in essence would have all muslims because of their deviant ideology stripped of citizenship, deported and never allow another muslim on United States soil again.

  2. We need Marshal Law right now! (This got me banned from Twitter)
    Democrats are Anti Semitic and Fascistic…
    The Democrat party and its members have loss all honor and respect for themselves and America.
    The Democrats & leftists are going after our weakest supporters! Precisely, how the Nazi’s started and succeeded, simply by imprisoning and murdering the disabled and mentally ill.
    If you don’t stop them immediately with extreme prejudice. They will win just as the Nazis did. Leading to a Nazi style Government. (Nazi’s were leftist’s they came from National Socialist German Workers’ Party)
    Do the Democrats want to start opening concentration camps again?
    Robin Rosenblatt
    650-631-9270 See the book “A Man Called Intrepid” He fought the same battle with the left during World War Two.

    First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.
    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
    “Niemöller”
    The UN….
    First they came after Israel, and I did not speak out.
    Then they came after America….

    democrats are working with and for the Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist controlling group. Why are you not using Citizen Arrest on them to put them all in prison…?

    1. Robin — The dateline on your post says Jan. 22 at 1:06 AM — I’m writing this in Eastern Standard Time, where it’s still Jan. 21 and not even midnight yet. Are you a time traveler, or just spreading vitriolic nonsense from Russia? First, it’s “martial” law, not “marshal.” U.S. Democratic leaders include both Catholics and Jews, so how could they be both “Anti-Semitic and Fascistic”? Actually, it’s the right-wing extremist dumbbells who are both. The Nazis in Germany took power by beating up, killing or otherwise intimidating anyone who dared to oppose them (like Trump’s supporters such as yourself are proposing). And NO, they were not “socialists” in the real sense; Hitler purposely included that word and “workers” in the party name (Nazional-Sozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei) to gain the support of workers who felt oppressed by the capitalists, who HE believed were all Jews. You are so wrong on so many counts, you can’t possibly be an educated person. You must be a Russian troll.

      1. Richard:
        The comparison is out of place.
        To begin with, post WWI Germany was in dire straits.
        I rememeber a picture in a TIME magazine book, of how a woman entered a store to purchase
        something and left a basket full of marks at the entrace and when exiting, found somebody
        took the basket and ledt the marks on the floor…..
        In fact, I could never understand the reason for Germany to make war at the time….
        But thank GOD we don’t have this problem but have a socialistoid DEMOCRAPt that even before party which willend up burying us all, staring with the fact that they started planning to get rid
        of TRUMP before his inauguration and never accepted the fact that in spite of having gotten one
        and a half millon votes over TRUMP (GOD only knows how and where from) still lost the election
        at the EECTORAL COLLEGE, same one their presidential candidate POCAHONTAS claimed should
        be abolished…
        To me, the DEMOCRAP PARTY is in cahoots with any group that will back them into power and I
        don;t trust them as far as I can throw them.
        It ps not any longer HARRY TRUMAN’s Democrat party but a socialist one and under their present
        platform, GOD forbid it ever makes it, since “socialist” rulers are as colds, easy to catch, hard to get rid of and there are examples galore to learn from….!!!!!!!

      2. You leftist will do anything and I do mean anything as you have proven that to try and stop Donald Trump. It’s not working for you and you find yourselves lost and angry but the real sights are turning to you and the shame you and your kind are bringing to this Country and you are mad because the truth scares you that you may loose control. Well get use to it you leftist. We are going to keep our constitution and our way of life and you will loose because you are a looser. You are only here to disrupt because that’s what you and your kind do but we aren’t going to listen to you. Your words fall like a rock in a lake on our ears. We can’t and will not hear you and when the rock hits the bottom of the lake there it lays in silence. Can you see it. Of course not you are to blind to see it but come to one of Donald Trumps rally’s and see who is going to be our next President. You won’t see any of your kind around. We love our President unlike baroc baro barry oh yeah Ill get it in a few. That’s the fraud that had his past wiped out and fraudulently found himself in the oval office for a while but his stinking actions have been turned around by REAL PATRIOTS LIKE DONALD TRUMP. A man of dignity and strength and a Patriotic Leader that cares for this country and it’s people and in spite of your leftist crud trying to take him down every day The Donald is an unbelievably strong Leader that won’t be destroyed by the likes of you or your kind. You are done. Get lost lefty. You argument is flowing like dirty water in the gutter heading down into the depths of the sewer where it belongs. So just go. Go quietly because your mouth is so unbecoming to everyone around you and your words aren’t heard in this place. So Good bye lefty.

      3. Actually, the Reform Jews, who are about 80% of American Jewry, are almost all Democrat and therefore side with those who support BDS and embrace the likes of “The Squad”, Louis Farrakhan, and that ilk. They are in fact antisemitic regardless of their religious affiliation. They are nihilistic, much like those idiots who supported the National Socialist Party in Germany in the 1930s. Unfortunately, ya’ can’t fix stupid.

    2. Robin they need to rid our education system of teachers that that do not educate but rather indoctrinate and replace them with those who abide by and obey the true letter of the law.

  3. WHILE OUR …”VOTES STILL COUNT” … AMERICA YOU GOTTA TAKE YOUR COUNTRY BACK!!! ….. AMERICAN’S WE MUST VOTE EVERY LAST DEMOCRAT OUT OF OFFICE!!! …. At this point we must CLEAR THE DECKS and …. . START OVER. …. FACE IT … THE DEMOCRAT PARTY HAS BEEN HI-JACKED??? Do you even Recognize it? … Because, I sure Don’t.

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