And, of course, they think we don't:
I'm not entirely certain to whom the credit for this belongs; it's something else I found via StumbleUpon. However, I've seen quite a few variants on it; certainly the sentiment isn't unique.
It's aimed at the Tea Partiers, of course, and shows yet again what happens when you filter all information to fit your preconceived notions (funny, I thought we were the ones who did this).
Very few of us are complaining about the existence of the government itself. Nor are we necessarily complaining about the existence of taxes (y'all know I love the Fair Tax, right?). What we are complaining about is an overlarge government with its attendant out-of-control spending and overreaching. What we are complaining about is a tax burden which disproportionately impacts the very people the Democrats claim to care for--our current tax structure huts the folks in the lowest tax bracket one hell of a lot more than it does someone like Warren Buffet, who pays very little income tax because most of the money he gets isn't classified as income. (You know this. I know this. Too few liberals do--Buffet himself promotes how little he pays in taxes as evidence the tax system favors the rich. It does--just not in the way he claims.)
The issues the Tea Party has with the .gov are, in other words, much more complicated and nuanced than these editorial cartoons/images would have the general public believe. I've yet to meet a single conservative or libertarian unwilling to explain their pet issues to Joe Blow off the street; it's the Left which evidently feels the need to boil things down to something only vaguely related to what we really believe, a relationship so tenuous it exists solely because of two shared words.
You know, I was pregnant with my oldest child when Sept 11th happened, and I remember worrying about the scary world I was going to bring her into.
The world I'm going to bring my fourth child into is one hell of a lot scarier.