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Kaepernick's Failure Of Civil Disobedience In The United States

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The right to peaceably assemble is a principle that our nation was founded upon. Indeed, when James Madison put quill to paper in 1789 as he drew up the Bill of Rights, it was the first amendment he thought to include out of those sacred ten. The Framers of the Constitution aimed to build a country that allowed every citizen to voice their opinion without a tyrannical monarch striking them down or prescribing the public a certain way to feel. This has stood true even in the 21st century, where protests are arranged in a matter of hours over Facebook event pages. As Henry David Thoreau so eloquently said in his famed work on the same subject, “Civil Disobedience,” “Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and…show more content…
He later revealed that he did not vote in the presidential election last November.

Voting is arguably the only surefire method for the people of this nation to make their voices heard. If the outcome of the election is undesirable, or if an elected official or group of officials are acting undemocratically, then I fully support peaceful protest or civil disobedience. Only then can public resistance benefit the cause. However, I cannot understand why Kaepernick chose to protest only after he declined to participate in the most effective way to promote social equality, which is the election of officials who have a greater hand in catalyzing change. His logic, or lack thereof, escapes me.

Despite this one complaint concerning protest, I believe that uniting through public demonstration will become vital to preserving the livelihood of our democracy in the coming years. The Women’s March on Washington on January 21 was a beautifully orchestrated display of solidarity, not just in D.C., but across the country. Even as I’m typing this, my mother called me down to watch the news report of a protest at our local airport concerning President Trump’s executive order barring Muslims travelling from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the
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I’ve never felt this urgency of popular resistance in America before. Not even at occupy.” Of course, she is referring to the Occupy Wall Street movement of 2011, which garnered considerable global attention and massive crowds of protesters.

I agree with Penny wholeheartedly. Something has shifted in the minds of the people. Civil unrest now appears fundamental to my friends and family, which is a passion I’ve only ever seen in a select few, much less the thousands of people who marched on Washington last month or the thousands of people who continue to protest each new executive order signed by President Trump. Something has to give, and peaceful resistance may be the only way to make our voice heard right
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