When I hear the words 'law abiding' being used, I cringe.
'Law abiding' means one is perfectly willing to enslave fellow human beings and ship them off to the fields, or even death. That was the law of this land, as laid down by two congressional acts, and the original Constitution of the United States.
The fugitive slave act of 1850
The fugitive slave act of 1793
Article four, clause 3 of the Constitution
Ancient history? Not when we consider the value of being a 'law abiding' citizen. Which of today's laws will be judged in the same light as these? Eminent domain abuse perhaps? Asset forfeiture most surely. Institutionalized racism? I can only hope...
Legal and illegal have nothing to do with right and wrong. Never did, and never will.
Never believe for a moment that those who control our nations 'laws' have any moral high ground from which to pontificate and judge. Never think for a moment that merely 'following the law' confers upon one the notion of being a right and moral person. That is a judgment that comes solely from within, when measured against ones moral and philosophical framework. Lacking such a framework, one becomes little more than a tool, a pawn, a 'useful idiot' of those who control the law.
"There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws."
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged