But that doesn’t mean we should encourage people to pick and choose which laws to follow and which to ignore. To do so is to invite anarchy.
Are there times when civil disobedience is appropriate? Absolutely. When people are disenfranchised and have no direct means to change the law — as in the American Revolution — it may be the only course of action.
But we live in a representative democracy. As Seward noted, a bill is already before the state Senate to repeal many of the provisions of the SAFE Act. Those who do not approve of the law have every opportunity to change it through conventional means.
While Seward warned that “a repeal is a long process and will take years,” we think that it’s worth the wait. The alternative is simply unacceptable — and we would think that these three lawmakers would know that.