I Will Not “Go Gentle into that Good Night”


Of course Dylan Thomas, in his famous poem “Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night”, was referring to the death of each individual and how they will deal, as individuals, with its onrushing approach. Each person deals with the realization that they are mortal in their own way.

With all the recent revelations, and many not so recent, about the reality of Barack Obama’s dream to fundamentally transform America, using the death of a man and the death of a country as analogous seems very apt.

Under the leadership (or perhaps diktats would be a more accurate term) of Barack Obama, our government (you know, the one that is “of the people, by the people, for the people”) seems to have decided that the “people” are now superfluous and can be ignored. If they choose not to be ignored they will be harassed, oppressed, threatened and if Lois Lerner had her way, imprisoned for their desire to speak loudly in defense of the traditions and values that made this nation the greatest and most free society that has ever existed on the planet.

So how will we, individually and collectively respond to the approach of that “good night” marking the end of a great nation? Speaking as an individual, I will never be silenced, nor can I be intimidated by the mouthings of a poseur in the White House, nor any of his lackeys who populate the various Executive departments. I will never stop writing what I believe to be truth. I might occasionally be wrong, but I will never try to communicate something that is untrue.

But how about collectively? How should we, as a nation of men and women, not children, respond to the threat of the death of our country, our way of life and the values, hopes, dreams beliefs, and faith in what our Founders planned and built for us?

Dylan Thomas provided us an answer in the last line of his poem:

Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

It is time, and past, for us to show rage at what Obama and his thugs are trying to do to us. We are not slaves. We are those who still believe in a government “of the people, by the people, for the people.” We still look at America as that shining city on the hill, and grow misty eyed when we hear the Star Spangled Banner played (even if we admit to ourselves that it’s a really terrible piece of music).

We should not, no actually we MUST not, show bestial rage like the animals that populated the Occupy crowd. But display civil disobedience, not violence, nor destruction of property or physical assaults against the proto-fascists so favored by the Obama regime.

Think civil disobedience would be a waste of time? It could be that you’re right. Of course there have been people here and there throughout history who would disagree on that.

Mahatma Gandhi would head the list, with Rosa Parks standing at his side. Our own Thomas Jefferson once said: “If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.” Bishop Desmond Tutu went even further when he said: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” And the icon of the civil rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King expressed the same sentiment when he said: “One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

And what is more a civil right than those expressly guaranteed in our Constitution?

It’s fair, I think, to point out that Gandhi, Ms. Parks and Dr. King at the very least have proven that civil disobedience on a massive scale can be extremely effective. That is the best way I can imagine to exhibit our rage. Even the mouthpieces of the Obama administration, such as the New York Times would have a hard time burying a headline that read:

“100,000 Arrested for Disobedience”.

Now that would be a headline.

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About Jim Yardley

Retired after 30 years as a financial controller for a variety of manufacturing firms, a two-tour Vietnam veteran, and independent voter.
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5 Responses to I Will Not “Go Gentle into that Good Night”

  1. kathy says:

    Jim, you have guts and honesty and all the traits I always thought most Americans had and were admired for. Never stop writing. Never be silent and make that 100,001 arrested for disobedience because I am another enraged citizen who will not comply wth that piece of work trespassing in the White House. Thanks for this.

  2. Pete Morin says:

    You’re absolutely right, Jim. We are not subjects, nor are we sheep led to a slaughter. We are Americans whose belief in individual liberty, private property ownership and the rule of law will NEVER be extinguished. We will not be slaves to a ruling class and will NEVER be silenced.

    Keep up the good work, Jim. Your voice, and others who believe in freedom and justice, must continue to speak truth to power.

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  4. Bob says:

    Jim,
    Just read your piece here on American Thinker. It’s a good article and a good summation of what many of us are feeling as we have watched the disgusting spectacle of tyranny unfold over the recent years; I think you’d agree that it didn’t start with Obama, he and his minions have just raised it to a level of zealotry, We as a nation are very close to the breaking point – as author
    Malcolm Gladwell called it in his book, “the Tipping Point.”

    A few thoughts came to mind while reading your piece:

    (1) we will remain where and who we are until all men and women who love liberty, the rule of law, and the value and rights of the individual realize that we have a moral obligation to oppose government tyranny and subjugation.

    (2) I understand there are Americans to whom this does not apply but taken as a whole we the people do not deserve, nor will we have any better leaders than we ourselves are as followers. The character, integrity, honor, and justness of a government is a reflection of the people it governs. You reap what you sow and the American people have much to answer for. Not enough people have accepted this yet, and so we wonder how did “they” let us get to this point.

    (3) I respectfully disagree with your view that civil disobedience on a massive scale will get the positive attention of this government or it’s lapdog media mouthpieces. They are drunk with the abuse of power and so I believe we are past that point. We have a much bigger fight on our hands. I’m not saying “don’t bother.” Rather I’m saying that those of us who do it had better count on getting some negative attention – so count the cost and be ready to see it through to the end. And realize that what worked for Ghandi and Dr.King may not work for us. Different times, different people.

    (4) Likewise, I respectfully disagree with those who believe that we can change our course at the ballot box by “throwing the incumbent bums out.” I believe it is too late for that. First, there is a seemingly inexhaustible supply of bums waiting to take their place. Our political system is so entrenched in its brokenness and corruptness that it will viciously protect itself against any true reformers, and will not – cannot – self-reform. These posers will not give up their power willingly. To fix this would take both time and thousands of true citizen legislators and statesmen/women at the local, state and federal levels instead of political hacks. I am not convinced we have that much time because we are close to the Tipping Point, and because of #2 above. Secondly, we must not forget that after years of trying the founding patriots also reached a point where petitioning the king for changes to the system was futile. I’m not advocating a rush to open rebellion, but I am saying let’s understand the seasons so if/when that day comes we are surprised by it.

    I don’t mean to sound like I have given up hope here. I just believe it is very late in the game to start applying cures. Think of it us as a cancer patient – we have let the disease progress to a stage where we are dying. At this point the treatment and hopefully the cure will be devastating to the body and brutal. That’s what it will take if we are going to reverse the course of this nation.

    But count me in.

  5. Bob says:

    Correction: “if/when that day comes we are NOT surprised by it.”

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