Originally Posted by KweenKrunch
I have no idea of he's a good or bad person and never purported to know that. He's breaking the law, though. And since we elect the people that make our laws, we have to live with the laws that are on the books or work within the legal system to change them. I mean, if I am on the freeway in the middle of the night and there's no traffic around and I choose to drive 68 MPH, even though I *know* the speed limit is 65, I have to fully accept that I am deciding to do something illegal and could be caught and punished for it.
What does slavery and child abuse being legal at one point in time have to do with a guy habitually using illegal drugs now? Are you saying you wish to return to a time when there were fewer laws and people were more free to "decide" how they wanted to conduct themselves, regardless of now negative an impact it made?
How do you know this guy isn't actively lobbying his legislators for change? Maybe he's a board member for NORML and rallies regularly for marijuana legalization.
But, honestly? He probably doesn't. And, even those of us who are politically active only have so much time in the day. So, some things we call about, some things we write letters about, some we protest, some we engage in openly, some we do within the comfort of our own homes.
My state, Idaho, recently licensed midwives. Midwives can no longer legally attend breech homebirths. There are no
doctors in my town who will attend a vaginal breech hospital birth - they want automatic c-sections. Of course, I could refuse a c-section, but I'm not comfortable with the idea of a doctor unskilled in attending breech births being my primary birth assistant under duress. I'm also not comfortable with an unassisted breech birth.
I spoke with one of the local midwives and she said that, if it ever comes up, we'd figure something out. They'd attend off the record, or say the baby turned at the last minute. Bottom line? They'd be breaking the law, and if we were to publicize this fact, they could face punishment or lose their license.
So, with a time-sensitive situation like that - a woman pregnant with a breech baby does not have time to wait for the legislative gears to turn - what, exactly, do you propose? Be a "good citizen" and follow the law, earning a ticket to an unnecessary abdominal surgery? Um, no thanks
This is just one
example of a bad law. I ask you: Should blacks living under Jim Crow laws have just followed the rules like good citizens while waiting for their elected representatives to fix things? Oh, wait, they couldn't
elect representatives because they weren't being allowed to vote
You said you understand there are consequences for breaking the law. I never suggested otherwise. I just don't think we, as citizens, should actively invoke those consequences on one another if it isn't absolutely necessary. Just because a law is there doesn't make it good or proper. I don't
think bad laws should just be ignored, because they will simmer under the surface for somebody to dig up when we least expect. I do
think they should be repealed. In the meantime, though, I choose to live freely
- and that means breaking many malum in se laws. Odds are, you are too, whether you mean to or not.
I had to buy a $43 permit the other day to build a chain link fence in my backyard. I asked the lady at the city why the permit exists - she said it was because people kept calling the city complaining about fences their neighbors erected, and it was requiring too many city resources to keep addressing the complaints, so they had to start charging for a permit. In my opinion, that is a big
part of what is wrong with this country right now. People would rather call in the authorities than go next door and talk to their neighbor and work things out.
There are many ways to effect change. Lobbying legislators. Running for office. Public education. Letter-writing, phone banks. Protests. Boycotts. [Dissolving] the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them.
Many of these things take time, though - months if not years - and it is unreasonable to expect people to live oppressed lives in the meantime.