Lauren Canario simply sat still when ordered to enter the courtroom. Judge Martha Crocker told police to hold her in jail until she obeyed their commands. If I know Lauren, that’s likely never going to happen. It’s said that if you have an issue with the law, you should work through the process to change it, but what if you take issue with the process?
Lauren Canario is choosing to opt out. She takes no benefits from the government that are not forced upon her. She just tries to live her life in freedom while not harming anyone else. So, when government makes demands upon her, as it is wont to do, she does not cooperate. When government demands she register her car, she does not comply. When government demands she step out of her car, she does not comply. When government demands she go to court, she does not comply. – Kat Kanning in Opting Out.
Knowing full well that she could lessen her punishment by following orders, she chooses not to. She instead passively endures the ambiguous punishment dished out by Judge Crocker. Regardless of whether you share her beliefs, ask yourself if the punishment fits the crime. Is this not cruel and unusual punishment?
Should Lauren Canario be condemned to jail forever for simply being passive?