The Greens have made civil disobedience a hobby:
Today Hobby Lobby announced that they will not comply with this mandate to become complicit in abortion, which the Greens believe ends an innocent human life. Given Hobby Lobby’s size (it has 572 stores employing more than 13,000 people), by violating the HHS Mandate, it will be subject to over $1.3 million in fines per day.
This reminds me of a dialogue from the movie “You Can’t Take It With You”. Grandpa Martin is haggling with Mr. Henderson, the “friendly” IRS agent, over the right price of government:
Henderson: According to our records, Mr. Vanderhof, you have never paid an income tax.
Grandpa: That's right.
Henderson: Why not?
Grandpa: I don't believe in it.
Grandpa: Look, Mr. Henderson, let me ask you something.
Grandpa: Suppose I pay you this money--mind you, I don't say I'm going to pay it--but just for the sake of argument--what's the Government going to do with it?
Henderson: How do you mean?
Grandpa: Well, what do I get for my money? If I go into Macy's and buy something, there it is--I see it. What's the Government going to give me?
Henderson: Why, the Government gives you everything. It protects you.
Grandpa: What from?
Henderson: Well--invasion. Foreigners that might come over here and take everything you've got.
Grandpa: Oh, I don't think they're going to do that.
Henderson: If you didn't pay an income tax, they would. How do you think the Government keeps up the Army and Navy? All those battleships...
Grandpa: Last time we used battleships was in the Spanish-American War, and what did we get out of it? Cuba--and we gave that back! I wouldn't mind paying if it were something sensible.
Henderson: Sensible? Well, what about Congress, and the Supreme Court, and the President? We've got to pay them, don't we?
Grandpa: Not with my money--no sir.
Henderson: Now wait a minute! I'm not here to argue with you. All I know is that you haven't paid an income tax and you've got to pay it!
Grandpa: They've got to show me.
Henderson: We don't have to show you! I just told you! All those buildings down in Washington and Interstate Commerce and the Constitution!
Grandpa: The Constitution was paid for long ago. And Interstate Commerce--what is Interstate Commerce anyhow?
Henderson: There are forty-eight states--see? And if there weren't Interstate Commerce, nothing could go from one state to another. See?
Grandpa: Why not? They got fences?
Henderson: No, they haven't got fences. They've got laws! My God, I never came across anything like this before!
Grandpa: Well, I might pay about seventy-five dollars, but that's all it's worth.
I wish the Greens well, but it’s not how the government does things. One can not safely apply his or her own subjective value to government. Democracy goes along with the biggest mob. If your mob doesn’t like being out-mobbed, then you have to grow in numbers.
The GOP grew, at one point and in part, because of the abortion issue then reneged when empowered. They started wars, stripped rights, and spent tons of other-people’s-money domestically. When the power shifted, the other socialists passed Obummercare. Now we’re hearing it from Christians who waved the flag all through the aught years of Bush 43.
Like abortion, these wars are anathema to me. They end innocent human lives. Yet, I can’t call up the IRS and refuse to pay for them without an end to MY way of life. During the Bush years, my Christian brethren would quickly dismiss my concerns by referring me to the Old Testament whenever the subject was brought up. Certainly, the New Testament wouldn’t do much for their side of the argument.
I now offer them some Old Testament, too. Lamentations 1:9
Behold, O Jehovah, my affliction; for the enemy hath magnified himself.