Wasn’t it Scott Milfred who famously said…


Editorial Page Editor

The vast majority of protesters who filled the Capitol and Square earlier this year during massive demonstrations were well behaved and responsibly exercised their rights.

But not the small group of aggressive antagonists going overboard in recent weeks. It’s called “civil disobedience” for a reason — because it’s civil.

Uh, no it’s not. It’s civil disobedience because it’s done by citizens.

civ·il  adjective

  1. of, pertaining to, or consisting of citizens: civil life; civil society.
  2. of the commonwealth or state: civil affairs.
  3. of citizens in their ordinary capacity.
  4. of the citizen as an individual: civil liberty.
  5. befitting a citizen: a civil duty.

And furthermore, it’s the 2nd word, disobedience, that’s the more important.   Civil disobedience normally involves breaking one or more laws. Practioners often — even normally — wind up in jail, and expect to. The original writings are an American treasure. It used to be taught in 9th-grade ‘Civics’ classes.  Nowadays it’s easily accessed on the internet. Search ‘On Civil Disobedience’ or ‘Henry David Thoreau’.