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What About Our Government Scares You The Most?

Everybody has fears of course, with lack of security, loneliness, death, uselessness, infirmity, goblins, ghouls, thieves, and an endless variety of real or perceived threats to existence being the first things that fly to my head. Fear of the government deserves a good word beyond anti-government phobia (AGP). It is not unique to left or right and whether you’re a draft dodger scared of being sent to die in a rice paddy or a white separatist hiding in the hills of northern Idaho, there is the…

  1. Robert Lux
    EThompson

    DocJay:

    2) What about government in general do you fear? What specifically about this current government do you fear the most?

    The Hand in my wallet. The Founders knew that property rights were the key to all  of our freedoms. · 8 hours ago

    Profoundly identify with that one. But consider also the most valuable property you own Miss Snoots is your body. Once they come for our guns, it’s over.  I don’t think we’ll see freedom again in the UK, for instance. 

  2. Group Captain Mandrake

    I fear (and loath) their unshakeable belief that everything they do must be right simply because they did it.

  3. Group Captain Mandrake

    This rather childish approach is exemplified in Stevie Smith’s poem “Our Bog is Dood”.

  4. Schrodinger

    1) Regnabiturophobia

    2) Bureaucrats and regulations.

  5. DocJay
    Group Captain Mandrake: This rather childish approach is exemplified in Stevie Smith’s poem “Our Bog is Dood”. · 8 minutes ago

    Very very  nice poem.  Thank you Colonel Bat Guano, if that is your real name(my favorite Mandrake line ever).

    Schrodinger’s Cat: 1) Regnabiturophobia

    2) Bureaucrats and regulations. · 2 minutes ago

    I give that word a snapping A for awesome with a mmm mmm good.

  6. Doug Kimball

    1. holocaust

    2. I fear that the governed no longer fear government authority.  I fear that this government will use this opportunity to further consolidate its authority to a point beyond the people’s ability to constrain it and only a complete collapse, with a resultant unimaginable, horrific and uncertain struggle, will  provide a chance (likely slim) for free people to regain their liberty. 

  7. Group Captain Mandrake
    DocJay

    Very very  nice poem.  Thank you Colonel Bat Guano, if that is your real name(my favorite Mandrake line ever).

    On the subject of Lionel Mandrake, I find this rather silly Youtube video featuring my namesake to be hilarious.

  8. Johnny Dubya

    My fear of government pertains mostly to size and incompetence. A small government, doing what the Founders intended, is not to be feared and is easily financed. A large government forces its debt-financed tendrils of incompetence, like the remorseless vines of an invasive wisteria plant, into every nook and cranny of life. We can chuckle about the foibles of the post office, but when health care becomes centrally-planned, we should be afraid–very afraid.

  9. EThompson
    DocJay:

    2) What about government in general do you fear? What specifically about this current government do you fear the most?

    The Hand in my wallet. The Founders knew that property rights were the key to all  of our freedoms.

  10. DrewInWisconsin
    Kevin Walker: My fear of government pertains mostly to size and incompetence. A small government, doing what the Founders intended, is not to be feared and is easily financed. A large government forces its debt-financed tendrils of incompetence, like the remorseless vines of an invasive wisteria plant, into every nook and cranny of life. We can chuckle about the foibles of the post office, but when health care becomes centrally-planned, we should be afraid–very afraid.

    This, oh this, yes this. Government in everything, of everything, for the perpetuance of itself. The individual subsumed by the collective.

  11. Mr. Bildo

    I fear them coming for our guns. It’s possible that doing so may be the start of something revolutionary that saves our Republic. Or maybe it will happen in the dead of night and the newsman will spin it like everything else and nothing will change. Either scenario keeps me awake at night.

  12. flownover

    A chinese curse : May you live in interesting times.

    Ladies and gentlemen, it is not 1941 , or 1929 , or 1812 .  

    Our comfort zones have gotten very wide.

    (come on Doc- handguns ? i’d be happy with a 22lr and a good 12 ga . the old saw about only outlaws having guns wouldn’t last long with the gunfire locating systems being developed)

    Thoughtcrime . That’s where the action is. And then ….a room full of rats . 

    Sorry, that’s been done.

  13. Roberto
    DocJay: 1) What is a good word for ‘fear of the government’?  I like tyrannophobia.  

    Paine liked Common Sense, sounds good to me.

    2) What about government in general do you fear? What specifically about this current government do you fear the most? · · 1 hour ago

    Unbacked credit emission.

  14. BrentB67

    The comment  limit is 200 words so I have no chance of listing all the things that scare me about our federal government.

    What scares me is there is no organized, coherent, and committed resistance to the soft tyranny the Obama administration engages.

    The republicans offer no resistance and in most cases are complicit in soft tyranny. Libertarians are mostly focused on ‘I got mine, you can have yours, pass it the left bro….’ and hoping that will make a society. The majority of the Catholic Church has acquiesced to government confiscation in place of personal charity in Christ’s commission. That leaves small groups like us, pockets of ‘resistance’ (Wolverines?)

    We may all dislike progressives, democrats, etc., but they are predictable. They will always try to concentrate power and property in the hands of government. The only thing that separates America from socialist tyranny is organized resistance in the name of liberty and posterity.

  15. Joan of Ark La Tex

    Oh the Liberal Media and those Liberal Intellectuals currently sitting in their own college and court high horses, their days are numbered too. They won’t be liberal enough for an authoritarian government. 

  16. Joan of Ark La Tex

    DocJay, I don’t fear it but I dread it.My parents miraculously survived it, my grandparents died by it. It will suck for us but it will really be bad for our children and worse our grandchildren.  America will cease to exist in 3 generations. Assuming the left takes over hereinafter, you are right, your testicles and your spine will be on the line first. Their first attempt will be to eliminate our ability to rebel. Next, our ability to organize and think. Everything we say will become a blueprint of our lives. If the need arises, our individual file will be called and dealt with accordingly. We live walking on ice, afraid of cracking in order to prevent our family from burying under. We will be, for lack of a better term – slaves. They will decide who shall live and who shall die. 

  17. Vance Richards

    “My deepest fear is that common firearms( namely handguns)  will be declared illegal.”

    But think of the greater good. It’s really hard to run an effective police state when citizen have the crazy idea that they can protect themselves. 

  18. BrentB67
    flownover: A chinese curse : May you live in interesting times.

    Ladies and gentlemen, it is not 1941 , or 1929 , or 1812 .  

    Our comfort zones have gotten very wide.

    Edited 49 minutes ago

    I think a key difference is in the years you mention times were much harder, but we were united by a common idea and culture and pulled together to get through those times.

    Now we live in relatively tranquil times in a country divided against itself with little common culture and nothing keeping us together.

    If I had my choice, give me the years you mentioned and America sticking together.

  19. tabula rasa

    I join Doc in fearing the elimination of gun rights.

    But an even more immediate fear for me is the increasing government efforts to suppress freedom of religion.  The contraceptive mandate is the most prominent, but  the leftist intellectual class would like to inject every piety of PC/multiculturalism as mandates of religious practice.  

  20. Eeyore

    “My deepest fear is that common firearms( namely handguns) will be declared illegal.”

    Tosh, DocJay – only handguns? I got an email today from Alan Korwin at GunLaws.com that there are stirrings that action on a long list of guns and restrictions from 2009′s HR 1022 are in the works. He doesn’t know where the rumor got started, but he linked a list from 2009 describing many of the targeted weapons. It includes M1′s, ARs and AKs and all variants, all the stupid “assault weapon” language [Eek, an adjustable stock!!!!], etc. Yer not nearly paranoid enough.

    What specifically about this current government do you fear the most?

    That they will continue to destroy wealth and the potential for wealth creation, destroying many millions of jobs, making even more difficult for some of us [ahem] to find work of any kind. Having made as many people as poor as possible (except for those in their own sphere of control), they will celebrate that they have made things so much more “fair.”

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