John Locke's social contract theory states that individuals in a society have a duty to rebel against unjust governance. Our nation was founded by men who believed in this individual prerogative. John Brown's actions demonstrate an impassioned attempted to correct what he saw as a fundamental wrong; when he saw that the Supreme Court was dealing unfairly with oppressed people, he was left with no choice but to fight. As a man who carried on the legacy of our Constitution's framers by fighting against illegitimate government, he deserves the honor of a pardon.
- Virginia P.