From Ann Barnhardt:
…The point Jefferson is making in the opening of the Declaration is not only that moral people are not obliged to follow unjust laws that violate their human dignity and God-given freedoms, but that they SHOULD NOT comply with unjust laws. Here is the key sentence:
“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Do you hear that? It is our DUTY to resist and throw off tyranny.
Because to permit or cooperate with tyranny is to debase OURSELVES and our own human dignity, and thus by extension we also debase the humanity of our neighbor and our descendants.
We are not animals. We are not objects. We are not economic units.
We are HUMAN BEINGS, each and every one created specifically by God and endowed by God with the right to our life from the moment of our conception (and the right to protect our lives), the right to our liberty as sovereign individuals, the right to freely choose, think, speak and gather, and the right to own property and be secure in that property.
Any so-called “law”, edict or fiat that infringes on these fundamental God-given rights is by its very nature invalid, and thus compliance is not only not required, but a crime against humanity itself.