In Civil Disobedience, Thoreau writes,
I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward. It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. The only obligation which I have a right to assume, is to do at any time what I think is right.
Having integrity is absolutely paramount to anyone who would be responsible. The individual must have the strength to object whenever governments impose upon people for their own advantage. No citizen should resign his conscience to what John Stuart Mill called "The tyranny of the majority." Legislators should be the servants of the people, not the other way around.