Instead, Thoreau requested to be himself and be unique, and not like others.When you listen to what humans say or what they believe in, and do the same thing, you will never know your own self. Thoreau argued about the government needing to end earning taxes from the citizens. He believed the poll tax was to support the Mexican-American war and to expand slavery. Because of the beliefs he had, he refused to pay for a aspect he did not believe in. When Henry later found out someone paid his taxes to let him out of jail, he seemed quite mad about the issue.
Henry spent a night at jail because he stood up for what he believes in. He didn’t pay his poll taxes in 1846 (taxes/fees on voting in some states) because he believed that it was to fund the Mexican-American war (in which he didn’t believe in) and for the expansion of slavery (he didn’t believe in this either) in the Southwest which later on was actually found out that poll taxes had nothing to do with the Mexican-American war and that his arrest was technically illegal (Brookes). Luckily, someone paid his taxes which eventually let him free. His arrest led him to writing his essay, Civil Disobedience about his experience with the Mexican-American war. In his essay of Civil Disobedience, Thoreau exclaims many social issues that were going on around that time that also inspired his essay.
Before Jefferson entered the presidential office he was a states rights supporter and when the tax on whiskey was placed he opposed it, saying “The first error was to admit it by the Constitution.” (Doc A). He didn’t like the constitution because of the fact that it would make central government stronger. When the alien act was passed he was opposed to it and said that the central government should only have a set of specific purposes and the leftover purposes should be left to the states individually. (Doc B) Determining the amount of time it takes to be a citizen, and the ability to jail people opposing the government was too much power to Jefferson. When he came into office he realized the necessity for more central power and took more matters into his own hands, he had become a loose constructionist.
When Martin Luther protested an fought for the right of the colored people he did in a nonviolent way but the rulers did not use the same method. According to the article Selma to Montgomery March “The marchers didn’t get far before Alabama state troopers wielding whips, nightsticks and tear gas rushed the group at the Edmund Pettis Bridge and beat them back to Selma.” The ruled risk getting punished harshly but that doesn’t take away their responsibility. It is the citizens duty to create a safe and equal environment for everyone. “You are our sovereign, our Government, only so long as we consider ourselves your subjects” (pg.176). Citizens can’t be managed by the rulers in everything they do.
Tupac truly believes that standing up for one 's beliefs is essential to one 's true freedom. Transcendentalism is found in this song when Tupac talks about the government and the future of today 's youth. He believes it is doomed because our government does not provide support to the people in the nation with struggling with poverty; he encouraged impoverished people to fight back against the corruption and stand up for what they believe is right. Shakur also disliked the government because of its flaws in its policies. The government criticized Tupac who was sending messages to the youth that could seem negative.
"Must the citizen ever for a moment or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? He refused to pay taxes to the American government because of it. However, it was illegal to refuse to pay taxes which are owed to the government. Thoreau was arrested and thrown in jail. "To Thoreau's frustration, his tax was paid by a
Martin Luther King Jr.” by Robert F. Kennedy, where both talk about Martin Luther King and how he protests for freedom, because by demanding for freedom, it makes people more aware of the situation whereas if it is not, no one will really care enough to give the oppressed their freedom. According to Charles Euchner, in his book, Nobody Turn Me Around: A People's History of the 1963 March on Washington, he says on page 58 “-that gradual improvements will not satisfy blacks anymore. Conflict could turn into a bloodbath unless the American people redeem the promise of freedom.” The text evidence suggests that progressive, slow improvements will not be satisfactory, and that the conflict could become violent if the Americans do not give their people freedom. This example backs up the claim that freedom has to be demanded because their freedom has not been given to the African Americans; they had to protest for it and that there could be conflict over it, since they didn’t get their freedom easily. Also, on paragraph 3 and 13, for the speech: “A Eulogy for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” by Robert F. Kennedy, he says that, “Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice between fellow human beings... let's dedicate ourselves... tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of
People believe that the government causes certain events in order to make more strict regulations in the country. During the time of the Sandy Hook shooting, President Obama was fighting for more strict gun control within the country. Many people believe that because of this fight the Sandy Hook shooting took place. Society would rather put the blame on the government, rather than accepting the fact that some people just have issues that cause them to perform unthinkable acts. For example, Adam Lanza, the shooter of Sandy Hook elementary.
Then it came to a point where peaceful protests became antagonized by the police, and even from other African Americans who did not want white and black people to live peacefully. Men and woman peaceful protesters taken by the police, beaten with clubs,sprayed with hoses, gassed, and some even assassinated. Nevertheless, Martin Luther King Jr and his supporters still believed that their voice could modify this nation, even when people acted wrongly against them. And just like that, the idea of a fair country spread like a wildfire. Soon this country would stand for fairness and