Military and Civilian Disobedience: Thoreau, General John Allen, and Trump

An internal military crisis if Trump wins. Why? Because of his potential for ordering extreme actions (deploying nuclear weapons in otherwise conventional battle theaters, authorizing torture and other war crimes worse than waterboarding, etc.).

Obey such orders from Trump? What’s a general or admiral to do? What’s a soldier to do?

General John Allen, in the YouTube at the bottom of this post, eviscerates Trump on such matters, and expresses his concerns.

And on the civilian side, is there no place for a free citizen in a Trump society outside of jail? Do we need to do a Thoreau and simply refuse to pay our taxes–if Trump wins?

How prepared are we to enable Trump with our taxes if he wins?

During the War with Mexico and the time of slavery, Henry David Thoreau famously refused to pay his taxes, landing him in jail. His friend Ralph Waldo Emerson came to visit him and said, “Henry, what are you doing in there?”–to which Thoreau replied, “Ralph, what are you doing out there?”

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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