Civility, Civil Disobedience and Civil War

by Robert Arvay

As we watch American war veterans tear down the barricades, we are witnessing the early stages of massive civil disobedience.

Those barricades, blocking the entrances to national war memorials, were spitefully erected to keep American citizens from honoring the warriors to whom we owe our freedom. The purpose of those barriers was to inflict emotional torment, a ploy to whip Americans into compliance with a law that nobody read before it was voted into being, and the consequences of which are now, predictably, proving disastrous.

At the same time that American citizens were told that they were not allowed to visit their memorials, illegal aliens were treated, at taxpayer expense, to an outing on the national mall, courtesy of the same government that slapped our veterans in the face.

You’ve heard of governments in exile. We have become an electorate in exile; forced from the homeland of our Constitutional rights, into the foreign territory of colonial rule— rule by an arrogant, powerful elite which recognizes none of our rights at all.

So much for the civility that was promised to the sheep who fell under the spell a great speaker of words, a spell of which the Bible warned us:

Daniel 7:25,  King James Version (KJV)

25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

The Revelation, 13:5,  King James Version (KJV)

And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

Obama might not be the anti-Christ, but then, neither was Hitler. Both men, however, serve as portents to prove that what is predicted in prophecy is not too fantastic to really happen.

We were promised civility, and now we see civil disobedience. If it gets worse, and I believe it will, then the next step will be civil war, a war not between geographies of land, but between territories of the mind.

On the one side will be those whose faith is in government, ever bigger, ever more powerful government. History shows the outcome of that:  unrestrained power generates only one thing, and that is a lust for more power— a lust for absolute power, which as the adage warns us, corrupts absolutely.

On the other side are the people who recognize that governments are composed of fallible people, people who are neither more wise, nor more benevolent, than the ordinary citizen. Therefore, governments must always be held in check, scrutinized closely, and made firmly accountable. Should all else fail, those governments must be subject to removal.

As the Declaration of Independence clearly states:

. . . . whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government. . . .

Somehow, a large segment of the American people forgot that governments cannot be left on auto-pilot. Citizenry is hard work. And as our war veterans clearly understand, it is dangerous work.

We must be civil when possible, and civilly disobedient when necessary. Our Founders recognized that the next step, civil war, is the last resort. They took that step.

Robert Arvay is a Contributing Writer


2 thoughts on “Civility, Civil Disobedience and Civil War

  1. As a retired Msgt. Army I am of the belief that we are already in the Civil War of words. As a combat veteran we will have to take that last step in order to recover our nation no matter how uncomfortable that may be to some it will come to that.

  2. George – apologies for the delay in posting your comment. Our webhost did not send an alert or indicate that there was a comment waiting for approval. I will report (again) this problem to Squarespace ~ Clio

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