Yet Again, Tin Soldiers and Nixon's Coming
Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience, 1849
In case you might have missed it, Governor Nixon of Missouri has called out the state's National Guard unit to Ferguson, Missouri, in an attempt to restore order after the latest police "brutality" incident.
Tin Soldiers and Nixon's Coming, sadly, once again.
From Welcome Back to Pottersville: Tin Soldiers and Nixon's Coming by jurassicpork:
[Henry David Thoreau,] the New England transcendentalist and abolitionist who once famously said, "That government is best which governs least" would've been apoplectic had he seen what's going on in Ferguson, Missouri.More from Welcome Back to Pottersville: Tin Soldiers and Nixon's Coming.
He definitely would've gone over the edge on hearing that [Missouri Governor] Jay Nixon, in an eerie reprisal of Kent State, had signed an executive order sending the National Guard to Ferguson and Florissant to oppose the largely peaceful protesters. Indeed, his executive order reads exactly like Orwellian boilerplate, with all the blame being cast on the civilians who have no weapons and have killed no one and even having the gall to invoke Mike Brown's name to restore order. You know, the Mike Brown who was murdered by a St. Louis County cop named Darren Wilson who didn't even know Brown was a suspect in a petty robbery and sparked off this massive, growing civil disobedience.
Anyone even tangentially and obliquely familiar with his work could accurately anticipate the horror with which Thoreau would've viewed the reports coming out of Missouri. By today's standards and the rigid, ideological divisions of today, he would've been considered an odd duck: The man who'd famously built a cabin in Lincoln and lived among the flora and fauna, fighting tirelessly for the environment was America's proto-hippie. But there was another side to Thoreau who just as famously concluded that all governments are corrupt and, at best, were no more moral, just or legitimate than the free will of every and any individual.
"Gotta get down to it
Soldiers are cutting us down
Should have been done long ago."
- "Ohio" by Neil Young
Students and National Guard Clash at Kent State, Ohio - May 4, 1970
Also, see 40 Years Since 4 Dead in Ohio: Kent State Massacre Remembered.