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!