Civil Disobedience Rhetorical Analysis

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In our country today there are many exceptions on laws for religious reasons. Although many people believe that their conscience knows right from wrong and they can make their decisions based on that and not a law. Henry David Thoreau wrote an essay called “Civil Disobedience” stating his reasons and ideas on why we should “resist a corrupt and over-reaching government.” A few of his ideas were that a government that governs little is better, our American people made this new world not the government, and that “even voting for the right is doing nothing.” Thoreau states “that government is best which governs least.” What he means in this that when a government has little to do with the people daily lives and let them go on their way it works out better for the people and the government. Thoreau “believe[s] that government is best which governs not at all.” Therefor his reasoning for resisting the American government is that he believes it has no purpose because it is over doing its job by over stepping into, how people live their daily lives. I feel he doesn’t want an immediate removal of government, just a remodel of how it works.…show more content…
It does not settle in the West. It does not educate. The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished; and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes gotten in its way.” He gives the people all the credit for the accomplishments in the new world. He believes the government does more harm than good when it comes to establishing and maturing the nation. Thoreau wants to “wash his hands of [the government] because he feels that the government gets in the way of moving our nation forward into the new

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