The Government Vs. Conscience Essay

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The Government vs. Conscience
The American government has done several things to go against people’s conscience and morals. They no longer work ‘for the people.’ The government is constantly bribed by the men who have the most money. Albert Einstein’s quote, “ Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it,” is an accurate representation of how I live my life. The government can not govern me with rules that go against my conscience and morals. Thoreau, Dove, and Turkel all support this idea of dealing with the government. The government should not be interfering with our personal lives. They also should not discriminate against a certain type of person (ex: race, gender, sexual orientation). Lastly the government should not be allowed to bribe people with money nor be bribed by money.
One of my main issues with the government is they are too involved with people’s private lives. There should not be laws pronounced only because of the sole reason of there being a majority vote. We should not have to vote on a personal/private matter. The government does not allow us to rule ourselves. We are not allowed to use our conscience. They overrule us. In Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience from Part I” he states, “ It is truly enough said that a corporation has no conscience, but a corporation of conscientious men is a corporation with a conscience.” This is arguably interpreted as the government thinks for us. They do not leave it to ‘the people.’ Also Thoreau states the following, "Now what are they? Men at all? Or small movable forts and magazines, at the service of some unscrupulous man in power?" The government puts men in war who did not wish to be there. They should leave it to the men and women who volunteer. We are stripped from everything that makes us human.We are merely more of a subject then human beings. We should be allowed to make our own decisions. Another quote by Thoreau is,"Can there not be a government in which majorities do not virtually decide right and wrong, but conscience? -In which majorities decide only those questions to which the rule of expediency is applicable?" We should not be ruled by men who state that they are doing the best for us, but when in reality they do not know us each personally. Why should we confide in them to choose our morals?
Another issue I have with the government is they have had and still have laws that discriminate against a certain type of person. There have been several movements that have occurred because of laws that have been passed. The Civil Rights movement was a major event. African Americans had to fight against the government. Dove and I both strongly admire Rosa Parks for being one of the many African Americans to stand up against the government. Growing up Rosa and Martin Luther King Jr. and other Civil Rights leaders were inspiring to me. Parks knew exactly what to do when it was her time to stand up for herself. “Did that make her stubborn? Or had her work in the...

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