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Well, this has been a most eventful week to say the least. Not only was it revealed that the IRS targeted conservative groups and that the Justice Department seized AP phone records, but also that the Obama administration has backed an FBI plan for a sweeping overhaul of surveillance laws, which, if anything, will make incidents like the former two more frequent.

And you know what's the scariest part? It's not that scandals like this occur. Far from it. Both the Bush and Obama administrations have made the surveillance state so commonplace that they might as well plaster posters on every street corner telling us how "Big Brother is watching!"

No, the scariest part is that, despite these two incidents, despite Obama demanding more surveillance, and despite countless previous examples of government malfeasance from both administrations, there will still be naive fools out there who will still insist that "government is good" and "the government is us."

Even Jon Stewart, who admitted last night that these events confirmed the right-wing conspiracies of the "tinfoil behatted," insisted that the government was still a force for good.

How many more scandals like this need to arise before those who worship at the altar of the state renounce their faith? Perhaps never. After all, faith is defined as believing in something without, or in spite of, evidence; and anyone who believes that "Government is Good" has to rely on faith, because there is no evidence to support their belief.

The surmounting evidence is against them: the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Patriot Act, Gitmo, waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques," the bank and auto bailouts, the secret bailouts, full-body scanners, SOPA, PIPA, CISPA, ACTA, TPP, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, indefinite detention, kill lists, targeted assassinations, increased drone strikes, and now, these two incidents, the IRS political targeting and AP phone records seizures.

At this point, the only way to continue believing in government benevolence is to ignore empirical evidence--and the saddest part is that these people allow their faith to dictate their votes, voting for the snake-oil salesmen promising the most good with the most government, the most security for the least liberty. Such madness continues to make old cartoons like this relevant even to this day.

These delusional fools cannot be reasoned with. If they could be reasoned with, they would not exist, and neither would government. And yet they persist because what they cannot be reasoned into they cannot be reasoned out of.

So what's the solution, then? Ridicule. We need to ridicule, mock, and scorn those who believe that government is good the same way we ridicule those who believe the earth is flat and the center of the universe. We need to make it as shameful to believe in benevolent government as it is shameful to believe in flat-earth egocentrism and every other antiquated notion. Human progress demands it!
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grimdrifter Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I am going to lay much of the blame on the media. Most of the deplorable acts of government over the last 30 years just don't register on people's radar. I can have a full conversation with a co-worker about Jodi Arias, Ariel Castro, or the Blade Runner, but if I mention Benghazi I completely lose them.
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of Brave New World, where people are so bombarded with trivialities that they don't care about anything important: [link]
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grimdrifter Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's brilliant, thanks for linking it :D
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome! ;)
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BlueLizard287 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
The way I see it, I don't believe that one can possibly label the government completely bad, or completely good. Right now, it's definitely doing much more harm than good, that goes without being said. But the government can accomplish good things for the country, when it's actually run and regulated by the people, instead of lobbyists and other corrupt entities.

The people need to be vigilant against government corruption and excess of it's power. Which unfortunately, isn't a concern to many people anymore..

Just wait till you see this ad from MSNBC. I guess children don't belong to their parents, after all-

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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The only good that can come from an institution based on force and coercion is to prevent force and coercion. At best, it is a necessary evil; at worst, an intolerable one.
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BlueLizard287 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Isn't that a quote by Jefferson?
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thomas Paine.
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BlueLizard287 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
ah
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tod309 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
It saddens me to say this but oftentimes the one most guilty of idolatry to the State are those in the church. They're usually the ones who cheer the loudest every time we get into another war. And they give the most praise over the emerging police state. And they're the worst at looking the other way at government corruption and their theft of our rights and liberties.

When was the last time you ever heard a preacher or pastor preach against gun control, the War on Drugs and the Wars on other stuff too, taxation, ObamaCare, the militarization of the police, indefinite detention, the Federal Reserve, the IRS, SOPA, PIPA, or CISPA? Or better yet preach about noncompliance, civil disobediance or resistance to government tyranny in a positive manner?
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think if more Christians were consistent with their politics and religion, they would be Christian anarchists like Leo Tolstoy.
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wilji1090 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My thing is this: Government can be good if properly regulated and controlled.

The government can be small like Rhode Island or as large as Russia for all I care. What I care about most is the transparency and the checks and balances placed to prevent government from abusing its power. I wouldn't mind half of the things that came out if there was necessary regulations to keep it within the confines of the Constitution (ie. being charged before being detained by Homeland or a warrant before looking into your emails and so on and so on.)

But even so, there are ALWAYS lines we, as a society, should never cross. This happens to not just be crossing the lines, instead, it's playing hip-scotch.
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Which is why I am a minarchist rather than an anarchist.
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wilji1090 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm more of an American nationalist. Mostly, I don't care what programs or agencies we have as long as there's the necessary transparency and checks and balances to prevent abuse of power. Sad part is, this Administration has shown one thing: Law is only as useful as there are people to enforce it.
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait? You seriously call yourself a nationalist?
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wilji1090 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My own view of nationalism doesnt mean we need a massive empire. We should however try to make this country great again and the thing that I think we need to improve on is defending our civil liberties. Just my view
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is why I prefer patriotism over nationalism. I can be proud of my country, but I don't think it should be a worldwide superpower. No good can come from thinking like that.
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wilji1090 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, as I said, I don't define myself by a textbook definition of a word. I never have because I hate being associated with the unsavory elements of such labels. While many see Nationalism as the basis of loving the power of the State, I see it as a means to strive for perfection. An impossible goal to be sure, but it keeps us pushing to be our best. I can't define myself as a Patriot either because I've seen that get twisted up into a talking point from the Right and Left alike.

For me, I think what makes this country great is the people that we share the land with. Not the governments, the laws, or even the military, but just plain ordinary people. Yeah, we've hit a rough patch in the last few decades but even so we can be better, we just have to be willing to push ourselves in the right direction.

It requires a certain willingness to make tremendous sacrifices on all sides, and there in lies the problem: No one wants to sacrifice something in order to be great. They want it handed to them on a silver platter. And the sad fact is... there is a sacrifice, but it's the wrong sacrifice: We're sacrificing constitutional civil liberties to have a little security.

As a character from Dragon Age II once said, "Cold corpses speak louder than abstract freedoms." This is unfortunately true. But I always envisioned that Americans shouldn't have to fear their government the way we do today. When we have a government that spies on its own people, then there's something wrong. When we have a federal authoritative branch classifying those who pay cash or those who support civil rights groups as having the makings of a terrorist, we have a severe problem.

But as I said. If there was transparency and checks and balances in these new departments and new laws, I would have no problem with them. I can see a need for the federal government to enact its constitutionally mandated right to protect us from enemies foreign and domestic, but should it come at the cost of us becoming as despotic as those we hate? No.

We shouldn't give into fear. We should not have to become our enemies to defeat them. Mark my words... if we continue to barter away our rights, then the only thing that will await us is a tyrannical government that would be the very epitome of 1984...
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just be careful who you use that word around, otherwise, they'd assume you're a neo-nazi.
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LordTHawkeye Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
"The Government is us" is provably wrong by one simple fact: The fact that they have to use force.

I don't have to force you to watch MLP. That IS something you legitimately want to do.
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The fact they have that sole privlege in society proves the government is not us.
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FlipswitchMANDERING Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
I think the scariest part is there are still many people calling all of this 'paranoid' and 'conspiracy theory'

And to put the cherry on the sunday, Rand Paul just criticized Libertarians as being about "running around naked and smoking pot"

I am done with you Rand Paul, this is one to many times you have shown your true neocon colors.
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I loved the guy when he filibustered against drone strikes, but after that, well, the guy simply isn't his father.
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Takisan111 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
I heard MSNBC actually covered some of this stuff. I'm not sure if I should be scared that it's gotten that bad or glad that they finally noticed. Ok, mostly the first one.
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
At this point, anyone who claims things aren't that bad are in serious denial.
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CowboyRodent Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Didn't jon state he still believed government could be good? as in government in general not the american government.
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NyanPuppy Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"The best government is the least government." ~Thomas Jefferson.
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Palemeno Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Amen to that!
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CowboyRodent Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
I meant Jon Stewart, not Thomas Jefferson. Don't know what confused you there.
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NyanPuppy Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No, I was quoting dude. Did you seriously not get it? =o
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CowboyRodent Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
I wasn't sure what it was for in relation to my post about what Jon Stewart said. I never said to agree with stewart, it came off as random to me.
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NyanPuppy Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well you said that Jon Stewart seemed to like Government, so I felt the need to make a quote by one of America's greatest patriots.
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CowboyRodent Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
I didn't mean that he liked government(maybe he does) but that he held the belief that it could be good, as he quoted. One I enjoy from a founding father,

“As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion …” from the Treaty of Tripoli, that was signed by John Adams in 1797. All the founding fathers had similar but ultimately unique beliefs.
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NyanPuppy Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's a good quote. Thanks for telling me. But anyhow, have a nice day, because I'm tired. =P
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes. Your point?
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CowboyRodent Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
You made it seem like he said he thought the US government was good, at least that's what i took from it.
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
US government. Government in general. Po-tay-to. Po-tah-to.
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CowboyRodent Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Each government especially future ones should be judged on it's own merits 1st.
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
True. But most gov tends to act the same way.
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CowboyRodent Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Ever wonder what the world would be like if the Persians triumphed instead of the Greeks?
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I shudder to think.
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