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Mr. President: 'Take Care!'

Steve of CA Wrote: Apr 06, 2012 5:47 PM
Blackwell: "He broke with the abolitionists of his day over the hateful Fugitive Slave Act. Lincoln hated that law, too, but he said we had to obey it because the Constitution provided for it." The abolitionists were right. Whether constitutional or not. obeying the Fugitive Slave Act by returning escaped slaves back to their masters would make one complicit in this evil institution, which treated human beings as mere chattel simply because of the color of their skin. It would be like returning Jews to Nazi concentration camps.. Sometimes civil disobedience is the correct, moral thing to do, and this would be one of those occasions.
Pistol Wrote: Apr 06, 2012 11:30 PM
Civil disobedience is more often than not abused, but it certainly can be the correct, moral thing to do. The embattled farmers at Concord bridge come to mind.

Most of the 60's civil rights civil disobedience was done right. The Rodney King looters did it wrong. The Tea Party did it right. The OWS yahoos did it wrong.
Drik Wrote: Apr 06, 2012 9:55 PM
Jefferson and Madison were quite familiar with the Constitution and comfortable with the idea that states as well at the federal government would be arbiters of what was and wasn't constitutional. And ultimately, since governing requires consent of the governed, they were right.

 

 

Editor's note: This column was co-authored Bob Morrison.

President Obama took the oath of office on Tuesday, January 20, 2009. In that Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial year, Mr. Obama sought to stress his admiration for the only other president from Illinois. Millions of people watched as he placed his left hand on the Lincoln Bible and raised his right hand. Around the world, billions viewed the event on television. On the National Mall, army howitzers of the Presidential Salute Battery fired off a 21-gun salute to honor the new commander-in-chief.

It was...