The Omnipresent Migraine
Can our American government be changed by civil disobedience? Well that depends on one’s perspective of change. Is change the smallest alteration from one aspect to another, or is it a longer process that adjusts specific circumstances into a better situation? If it is the latter then our government is indeed a human force that can be changed by civil disobedience, including small acts of defiance. A change in government’s laws, rules, and regulation may be a tedious task and may get worse before it gets better; but eventually, it overcomes obstacles in order to become beneficial to it’s citizens.
In Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter From a Birmingham Jail,” King admits to the clergymen that he has done many of the acts the clergymen accuse him of such as causing friction in Birmingham. He states that “nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster,” and this tension forces “a community, that has constantly refused to negotiate,” to finally confront the problem. Friction causes change. If a red flag doesn’t go up saying, “hey, this is wrong,” then the players will continue to play the game believing that all of their moves are in compliance with the rules. In Hong Kong, prodemocracy students and other protesters began to riot because they yearned to keep their free and open elections in defiance of Beijing’s new decision for their 2017 election. Hong Kong’s police officials were ruthless by blinding the students with tear gas, arresting them, and beating them with batons. The police officials finally pulled back noticing that their tactics were not ending with a positive result.
This elucidates how sometimes change gets worse before it gets better like a migraine. The throbbing, beating, knocking in the head increases first and then slowly diminishes until all the pain is gone. The
protesters strategy was a risky one, but this portrays their persistence