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These are the mad musings of a middle aged woman, dyke, nurse, poet. I have a dog, a cat, a mobile home, and delusions of grandeur.

Location: California, United States

Saturday, January 28, 2006

What's Wrong With This Picture?

It seems that the time honored tradition of Civil Disobedience, once so eloquently defended by Henry David Thoreau, is no longer an option in the United States of America.

"I HEARTILY ACCEPT the motto, 'That government is best which governs least"

"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." (Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience)

Martin Luther King, Jr. had this to say in his autobiography:

"I became convinced that noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good. No other person has been more eloquent and passionate in getting this idea across than Henry David Thoreau. As a result of his writings and personal witness, we are the heirs of a legacy of creative protest."

Here we sit, 157 years later, prosecuting those who would act upon their consciences in a peaceful manner.

Torture School Protesters Face Six Months in Prison t r u t h o u t Press Release
Friday 27 January 2006

Trials Begin in Columbus, Georgia on Monday, January 30; grandmother, priests, retirees, nun, students among those prosecuted.

Washington - On Monday, January 30 thirty-two people ranging in age from 19 to 81 will begin federal trials for peacefully walking onto a military base in protest of a controversial Army training school. Each person faces up to six months in prison and a $5,000 fine for this act of nonviolent civil disobedience.

I find it frightening that we who are supposed to be among the world's super powers are so fearful of those who see things differently. We are treating our own citizens as though they are enemies of the State. Arresting grandmothers, priests, and nuns for walking onto a military base with no other end in mind than making their views known.

Yes, I understand that we are at war. And I understand that we face terrorist acts within our borders. Perhaps they were foolish to actually walk onto the base itself. But I applaud those folks for having the courage of their convictions.

Had they chosen the safer path, we would never hear of their protest. I hope that on that day when called to vote my conscience with my feet, I will have the same courage.

Kinja, the weblog guide


Blogger ~ nellenelle said...

Ugh... reminds me of the 81 year old woman arrested here for holding up a protest sign along Bush's motorcade route. She apparently was supposed to be in a designated area, away from where he could see.

And he thouhgt Saddam a menace!

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