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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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