It's not illegal if you don't recognize the authority behind the law. You don't recognize the law because you don't recognize its authority.
It then becomes a matter of force. Does the denounced authority have the capability to force its authority, and by extension its laws upon the those who don't give their consent? If it does, is this not tyranny? Yes, yes it is.
We are a country where our government's authority is derived from the consent of the governed.(supposedly) If enough people in a territory, a State revoke their consent and place it in the hands of another, than the government who lost their consent can pound sand.
This famous quote from Lincoln that gets trotted out every time is taken out of context. What he's saying is that preserving the Union was first and foremost, but he was certainly anti-slavery. It was also a political statement intended to try to calm the fears of Southerners that he would take their slaves by executive writ.
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"The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations." `Thomas Jefferson
Influential means little to me.
Hitler was incredibly influential on Germany, the Soviet Union and a host of other European countries - but not for any good reason.
The 9/11 attackers were very influential on American foreign policy after 9/11 - again, for only terrible reasons.
I prefer to judge on best/worst rather then most influential.
'What kind of sick and twisted toy factory is this?'
'We are all the sum of our tears. Too little and the ground is not fertile, and nothing can grow there. Too much, the best of us is washed away.'
"Better to be dead and cool, than alive and uncool."
The people who are angry that slavery is illegal just perplex me.
Wrong. The man edged on the south to attack just so he could wage a war on the American people that resulted in thousands of people being killed, starving to death, and being raped in the process. All so he could deny self determination of the states.
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