In the Name of a Law

In the days before Christ there was a Jewish faction that was opposed to paying taxes to Rome. They were known as libertarians zealots and they considered it blasphemy to submit to a secular entity rather than God. They chose death over taxes and this is where we get the contemporary meaning for the term “zealot”, although it is no longer used strictly in a religious sense. In summation, when the law conflicted with their ethics, they chose to disobey the law.

Consider that it’s 1750 and a slave runs away from a plantation. At the time it is against the law both for a slave to run away and for any person to assist them. If you are a white constable at the time, you might ask yourself do I turn this person in? If you’re a black person, you might ask do I help this person? If you’re a Mexican you might say “Bueno! A job just opened up!” Ultimately, if the law conflicts with your ethics, which course of action do you take?

Ghandi (no, not Dave, the one from India) roused his people to non violent civil disobedience when the law was in the wrong. Martin Luther King later studied and built upon his premise that people have a moral obligation to disobey an unjust law. A crime is defined as a wrong against society but when ethically good or neutral actions are codified as crimes then following the law actually works against justice.

Do I have a point this morning? Yes I do. The point is (and this is what I’ve been building up to the whole time), that I, in fact, was the one who shot the Archduke Ferdinand. I meant it as a practical joke, we were just trying to rob the vegetable man, but after that everything else got waaaay out of hand. I offer the world and Europe in particular a heartfelt ‘my bad’ and now I must go lay back down to sleep off this medication. Peace!

21 Responses to “In the Name of a Law”

  1. The "D" says:

    I needed that laugh before I got started on this project at work.

    Hey Ghandi got his ideas from me. I told him to go out and preach to the masses my word. Or else I would whoop his ass.

  2. Mexigogue says:

    The part about the zealots was true. I find it funny now when people refer to militant Muslims are zealots. I’m like haha, in the original term, zealots were Jewish.

    They also overuse the term Mecca. Like a pork sausage store might be called a Mecca of pork products. I’m like no!

  3. The "D" says:

    It just shows the ignorance of some people. Just think if we tried to have a conversation about some of the topics off the blog at Leroys. Zealot would end up meaning a new type of blunt with sesame seeds.

  4. rae says:

    Good one D!!!

    Did you guys watch the parade yesterday? When the protesters lit the fire?

  5. Mexigogue says:

    How childish. Political expression is one thing, breaking a police line and arson are another. I heard some protesters got pepper sprayed when they started a shoving match with the police. Good for them! If your side loses, rather than turn into a criminal you should think about why your candidate’s message resonated with less than 50% of the voters.

    And if Bush is in fact a bad President, I will point out that evidently your guy is judged by the voters as even worse.

  6. The "D" says:

    Very True! I missed the parade. You should never start fires or try to break up a good event just because your team lost. It gives all the red states more reason to show up in force for the next election. Why would I let a bunch of pyro’s running my country. Shucks I would be at the church taking people to the polls to vote Republican.

    Thanks Rae!

  7. Mexigogue says:

    I would like to point out that my last comment was not a partisan one. My choice wasn’t even on the ballot, partially because he’s dead but this white chick at Leroy’s insisted the other day that he’s still alive. We miss you 2Pac!

  8. guy in the UNLV Jacket says:

    Speaking of the parade and the inaguration why the fuck are the liberals bitching about the republicans spending $40 million? Hell holywood spends at least that for the 700 awards shows they put on. Anybody want to go to the Grammys with me? I am going to prostest Ashley Simpson being allowed to attend. We can all wear rainbow afro wigs light them on fire and Rae can show her tits or something…..

  9. Mexigogue says:

    If Al Gore would have won the 2000 election he would have tried his damnedest to get his issues passed (and he would have every right to I might add.) But when Bush won the other side all wanted him to act as if he had lost. They wanted him to seeks a consensus on dealing with Iraq. What about the international community? Instead he took a unilateral course.

    Now that he won again the other side AGAIN wants him to act low key and apologetic. How can you party in the aftermath of the tsunami? (as if that’s our fault) Keep in mind if Kerry would have won the other side would have thrown the biggest gala even you have ever seen. But they wanted Bush to hang his head.

    I say this again: the margin of victory was so slim, the Democrats need to tweak probably just one thing that rubs the general American public the wrong way. Like socialist health care schemes, or they need to disassociate themselves from the gay marriage issue. You can’t support issues that alienate the public and still expect to win.

  10. rae says:

    WHoo hoo- anything to show my big tits!! Count me in! Down with Ashley Simpson! (okay-why do we hate her again?)

  11. Phelps says:

    Another thing to remember is about the Zealots is that it is the thing that Jesus of Nazareth was being accused of when he said, “give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s.” The judges were all, “I bet you are one of those libertarians who says that the income tax amendment was never ratified and that getting a driver’s license is a 5th amendment violation, aren’t you?” And J said, “yo, I don’t make any money, that’s why I didn’t pay any taxes. And what’s a driver’s license? If you owe taxes pay your taxes, B. God ain’t got shit to do with Rome.”

  12. R says:

    It’s Ashlee! Look, you have to spell it the stupid way, aight?

    Oh, Mexi, I saw the police use fucking pepper spray motherfucking CANNONS on those protesters. It was fucking Niagara Pepper Spray Falls on those fucks.

    Damn!

  13. Mexigogue says:

    I’ll have to reserve judgment on the use of force since I didn’t see the clip.

  14. R says:

    No, they deserved it. They were trying to get through barricades and throwing shit at cops.

    What the fuck kind of moron protesters are those?

  15. rae says:

    The kind that want to get their point across- and the shit they were throwing was mostly snowballs- those animals!!

  16. Mexigogue says:

    Hey I was just playing this guy on Yahoo pool who was cussing me out and acting ignorant. Then at one point he said “You SUCK at this regime!”

    I said “I don’t think that word means what you think it does.”

    Then he said “FUCK YOU!”

    I said “That’s better. Small words for you!”

  17. R says:

    It it was me I’d be throwing snowballs at John Kerry for sucking so hard he couldn’t even beat Bush.

  18. The "D" says:

    I believe alot of those morons on yahoo pool are little kids. You have to get into the paysite that only the adults play. They have professionals that play in yahoo pool in those rooms.

    One night I was playign Efren reyes daughter. It was really cool. She did not brag or anything she just talked about all the great games she has seen her father play. Plus she was a 1700 on yahoo pool or higher. She crushed me.

    It took a dumb ass (no names) to say it was probably some bum playing from the lunch room. See that is what I hate when people with no personality try to hate on real people. Screw them!

  19. rae says:

    Hey R-just out of curiosity- how long have you had a stutter?

    SUCK IT!!! 😉

  20. Brian says:

    Okay okay…calm down kids. As a member of the military, I’m gonna have to side with the police (while by definition they are a “paramilitary” force). It doesn’t matter if it’s snowballs or hand grenades. The fact is, they broke through a barricade to protest threw shit at UNIFORMED POLICEMEN, and all to protest WHAT? Not to be a dick, but something they couldn’t change!!! Did they think that, “Hey, if we break through this barricade, start this weak-ass fire, throw weak-ass snowballs at cops, then…YEAY, Kerry will be elected!” But then after they got tear gassed and their eyes were all red and watering (by the way, tear gas HURTS), they may have thought, “Wait…we really actually don’t know how Kerry would have done…shit…let’s think…he wouldn’t have ended the war in Iraq…hmmmm…he wouldn’t have solved the oil crisis…hmmmm…he’s fucking ugly…HEY…Let’s throw snowballs at KERRY! YEAH! DOWN WITH KERRY!” These protesters will protest ANYTHING! For God’s SAKE! I’m not saying it’s not their right to protest, it most definitely is, and I respect that. And I’m not saying that the MESSAGE of their protest was a bad one..but no one will ever know what their message was. All we know is that they started a fire and got on TV and got their asses pepper-sprayed. And you know what? I hope it was NIAGARA FUCKING PEPPER SPRAY FALLS!!! All I’m saying is that we already look pretty fricking bad to the outside world right now…now we look undeniably like a DIVIDED country. This is AMERICA! UNITED we STAND? DIVIDED we FALL? Who are these people? And for the record I’m really sick and cranky. But thank you for reminding me to post about this on my blog.

  21. Phelps says:

    I love when they bitch about getting beat down in the protest. I would be like, “Hey, I’m helping you by beating your ass, right? You need to show how brutal the current regime is by taking a rightous asswhupping! Didn’t you read Thoreau?”

    And then there would be an extreme close up of the hippie, and he cries a tear and says, “I… I never learned to read.” And then he gets a jackboot to the mouth from offscreen and his teeth cave in and you hear James Earl Jones say, “I bet you learn to like mashed potatoes and deviled ham, motherfucker!”

    Of course, that’s just my version. You might prefer something different.