Friday, February 21, 2014

Memo to a Federal Judge on Civil Disobedience

We’ve reached a surreal mile marker on the road to Orwell Land. When a federal judge sentences an 84-year-old nun to prison, on behalf of a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people”, and then advises us to have more faith in the system, it’s time to get off that damn road.
Ralph Hutchison . . .
We’ve heard it from the bench in Oak Ridge city courtrooms and from state judges in Clinton, Tennessee. And on February 18 we heard it from a federal judge—there are two variations. The first: There are plenty of ways for you to protest and deliver your message without breaking the law. The second: If you people would just put this time and energy into working for the change you want in the political system, you might get the change you seek.
Both sentiments are either disingenuous or naïve.
But we’re expected to heed the advice of those judges and be grateful that they’ve shared their wisdom with us.
We should have more faith in the system, Judge Thapar?

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