Secondly, once the act of civil disobedience has been committed, it must also be requited. One must willingly accept a condign punishment for one’s violation of whatever law or social custom is in question - otherwise this unrequited act of so-called civil disobedience also becomes, intellectually and philosophically, just as lawless as the law or custom in question.
Or to put it in Aristotelian terms, and unfortunately I must paraphrase here, ‘anyone who considers himself above the law is likened unto a wild beast in the jungle’. Which can be reduced and refined down to the simple term or phrase “intellectual lawlessness”. My point is that anyone who transgresses the law, no matter how onerous or even immoral it might be; must pay the price for that transgression - otherwise as noble and as pure as its motivations are, it still nevertheless is an act which renders and places the transgressor above the law which is clearly an act of “intellectual lawlessness” unto itself.
It, an unrequited crime, is also a form of anarchy and leads to utter chaos and ruin. And as the Greek Tragedians viewed it, an unrequited crime is a cancer upon the state, upon the body politic, which if not requited, punished, atoned for and expiated, becomes a deadly and lethal cancer which will ultimately destroy the state.
Well, where is the requiting of the very many transgressions against the state and its representatives and its taxpayers too? Where are their fines or slight jail time, literal slaps on the wrist with a wet, limp, mushy linguini noodle? Or their being held accountable for the damage and clean up costs they incurred by their behavior and actions which they literally sprung and foisted upon the state? Other than no where to be found?
Yeah, all the previous is small potatoes – but not the principles at root core issue, and at play and at stake here. The union thugs and their liberal-progressive activist and professional agitator allies were clearly guilty of mob rule, intimidation and the purposeful disruption of the duly and lawfully elected government of the state of Wisconsin. And their thuggery and partisan acts of intimidation, violence and disruption were in no way an equivalent of true, legitimate civil disobedience. Again, for the umpteenth time, mob rule and vested, petty, political special-interest demands, desires and whims; never constitute or are the equivalent of true and legitimate civil disobedience.