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Not Anti-Government? You're Not Paying Attention! by BlameThe1st Not Anti-Government? You're Not Paying Attention! by BlameThe1st
I've noticed that the term "anti-government" has recently taken on a negative connotation, implying that it's somehow a bad thing to be "anti-government"--that is, to be critical, or even apprehensive, of the centralized monopoly which bears the sole privilege of utilizing force and coercion within society; and considering recent events, I fail to see how such a sentiment can be considered bad.

Within the past year, it has been revealed that the federal government has the power to target American citizens for drone strikes without so much as “clear evidence" against them, that it has actually killed four American citizens through said drone strikes, that it has covered up evidence concerning Benghazi, that it has targeted political groups through the IRS, that it has seized journalist phone records through the DOJ, that it has been monitoring civilian electronic communications through the NSA, and that it is willing to hunt down the whistleblower who “leaked" this information—JUST TO NAME A FEW ABUSES OF GOVERNMENT POWER!

And all of that has been within the past year. That's just the tip of the yellow-snow capped iceberg of abuses committed by our federal government. From imprisoning whistleblower Bradley Manning to approving indefinite detention of American citizens, all the way back to the Patriot Act and Iraq War, all the evidence clearly demonstrates that the federal government does not have our best interests in mind.

Anyone who is not anti-government at this point IS NOT PAYING ATTENTION!
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:iconmasterofthardus:
masterofThardus Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
I find myself confused how someone who believes human beings are debased, sinful, greedy creatures also thinks that a power vacuum-riddled libertarian system would last longer than five seconds.
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:iconblamethe1st:
BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Simple. The government would only prevent people from directly harming people via murder, etc.
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:iconmasterofthardus:
masterofThardus Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
The powers necessary to do that are pretty wide reaching, much wider than what a free market society would allow.
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papapalpatine2008 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
This needs to be a bumper sticker. I'd proudly put one on each bumper of my rust-bucket.
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:iconblamethe1st:
BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Feel free to print it out and use it as one.
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:iconmatthew-lane:
matthew-lane Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not anti-government specifically because i do pay attention & know a signifi9cant amount of history. Governance is great, the alternative not so much so.
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:iconblamethe1st:
BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
At this point, I'm taking the alternative. No one has ever been oppressed under anarchy, but government has always oppressed.
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:iconmatthew-lane:
matthew-lane Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"No one has ever been oppressed under anarchy"

Hahahahahahahaha, you are kidding right? Oh god, you are serious aren't you? Thats so sad that you believe that.
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AnimeM43 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
...either that or not working enough to be taxed.  Great pic.
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:iconblamethe1st:
BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL!
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ComradeSch Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Absolutely correct. I made a little report on a biased judge I found out about on the news.
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:iconmatthew-lane:
matthew-lane Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What does a biased judge have to do with being anti-government? Thats like me finding you to be a pretentious wanker & suddenly declaring myself to be an anti-humanity misanthrope.
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:iconcomradesch:
ComradeSch Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Speak Canadian English, please.
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:iconmatthew-lane:
matthew-lane Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you want me to finish every sentence with "eh"?
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:iconcomradesch:
ComradeSch Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Or, how about I call an alien ship to come down from Mars to abduct you- AND TAKE YOU FAR, FAR THE FUCK AWAY FROM ME- FOREVER?
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matthew-lane Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So in other words, you are one of those guys who speaks really loudly about topics you don't know anything about & then when people call you out on them, you suddenly try everything in your inventory of obfiscation to maintain your position as self confessed expert of the world, eh?

Okay, lets try this one more time & this time with feeling: What does a biased judge have to do with being anti-government?
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:iconblamethe1st:
BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Link.
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:iconcomradesch:
ComradeSch Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
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ProjectCornDog Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha nice
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:iconblamethe1st:
BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed.
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:iconnamezong:
namezong Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Perhaps it's bad in a sense of "it's bad for ya"?
With all that new domestis terr0rism classifications and stuff
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:iconblamethe1st:
BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ugh, reminds me of the MIAC Report!

Sure, because having a Ron Paul bumper sticker makes you a terrorist, amirite?!
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namezong Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
On their books, it surely makes you more harmful than violent jihadist.
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RuntOfTheLitter Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Hello. Well said above. I want others to remember, however, that this has been an ongoing 'process' over my 62 years and counting. Involving 'all' sides of politics. It saddens and troubles this old citizen to see one side or the other blaming this 'mess' on only 'the other' side. Facts show 'both' have done the above you so state.

I am also reminded from my high school 'government' and 'civics' classes, that 'We The Peoples' are the ones who 'elect' our representatives and 'We The Peoples' are the ones that have mightily failed in 'our' duties as citizens, in general, to oversee 'our' government.

To put it simply, we the voting masses, from all sides and views, have the 'responsibility' and 'civic duty' to make sure our elected 'government' is properly run or to fix it by sending worthy representatives to replace unworthy ones.

Government is like a computer screen. Whatever goes 'into' it, comes out and is seen. Or, as the old saying goes: "G.I.G.O. - Garbage IN, Garbage OUT".

My best to you and yours, ROTL
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1980goldclick Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Some people who are called "anti-government" say that they are "anti-corrupt government" and "pro-constitutional government". The SPLC and the ADL created this whole "anti government" nonsense, and the mainstream media spread it like wildfire to demonize patriots,gun owners,and libertarians.
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
To be fair, there are some "extremist" wackjobs, but they're on the fringe.
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Tohokari-Steel Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
If I had a car, I'd put this on the bumper.
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:iconblamethe1st:
BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Here's hoping you get a car, then! :D
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:icontohokari-steel:
Tohokari-Steel Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
For now, I'm stuck with a motor scooter...eh, better than nothing, I suppose.
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Exodvs Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
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:iconblamethe1st:
BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconmbisonplz: :iconsaysplz: Yes! Yes!
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Exodvs Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL!
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druid69 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
As much as I am not happy about the government, the IRS has most likely done what it did on it's own. You are really just one big conspiracy believer.
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Last time I checked, the IRS was part of the government!
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druid69 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
You talk about the "government" as if it were some whole being with a single controlling mind. It isn't. Its a conglomerate, and, the IRS isn't government, it's a government bureau. It serves government purposes under it's own management. The POTUS doesn't micromanage. There may be some committee that oversees part of it's operation or budget, but, if there is such a committee, it also doesn't micromanage. What you want to call the government, and, treat as one single organism is actually being run under various guidelines which aren't under the scrutiny on any one mind. There are various conflicting thought processes and individuals that make up what you want to call "the government". "The government" isn't all that coordinated as to be of one purpose.
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Being part of the goverment is that same as being government.
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:icondruid69:
druid69 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Not the way you talk about it, it isn't.
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Defying-T Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
I'm an anarchist in principle; a libertarian in practice.
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:iconblamethe1st:
BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds like a good philosophy.
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AClockworkKitten Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
WOO HOO! ANARCHY!
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:iconblamethe1st:
BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
More like minarchy to me.
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AClockworkKitten Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Sounds good to me. We need that don't we?
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joeisbadass Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Or the opposite: Anti-Government? You're Paying Attention!
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:iconblamethe1st:
BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly! Anyone who doesn't despise our government is simply not paying attention to it!
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:iconjoeisbadass:
joeisbadass Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
History. History's what they're not paying attention to. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
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:iconblamethe1st:
BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, then, we sure seem to be repeating it! :(
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joeisbadass Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you know that we have a maoist government? Our senators and cabinet LOVE Mao Zedong! That's scary, since the "Great Leap Foward" starved 50-78 million people, while the government has silos full of food. Not to mention Mao killed a lot of his own communist comrades, encouraged the youth to publicly destroy their schools and distrust their parents, and destroyed all traces of religion in China. AND OUR GOVERNMENT IDOLIZED HIM!!!!!
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:iconblamethe1st:
BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds about right to me.
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:iconjoeisbadass:
joeisbadass Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah
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