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This is America -  Love it or Change it by AtheosEmanon This is America -  Love it or Change it by AtheosEmanon
One of the stupidest things I tend to hear from many people whenever you question a policy or law is “THIS IS AMERICA, LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT” when you love something you do not simply leave it.

While I did this stamp for a generalized idiocy of that saying, I would say if every time someone had an issue with a policy or law and simply chose to leave rather than advocating the changing, reforming or abolishing that law than we would still be back with the same ways that we were at our founding, and … chains + me + working in the fields as property for 16 hours a day is not exactly my idea of liberty.

When you love something you do not leave it, you work hard to change that thing which you believe to be in the way of your view of what liberty is. Be it the abolishment of slavery, the right for women to vote, the right for blacks to vote, the right for gays to have the right to marry as their heterosexual counterparts and so on…whatever you deem important and believe would be for the betterment of the country is what you should fight for to change the status quo of perceived apathetic views of rationed liberty.

I know many would have views that they believe will be for the betterment for the country while from my view I may believe would be terrible for the country, yet that is the beauty of a Democratic Republic [aka Constitutional Republic] as we have, you have the right to speak your business, if the idea makes sense perhaps more people will come to your side of thinking until you make up a small force of people wishing to change a law or policy…and once you have this perhaps enough people will pay attention to change the policy or laws that you want. If not, then that too is a part of a Democratic Republic, simply because you have an idea, even if you are in a majority does not mean that the rights or ideas of others must be superseded to your wants…

I cannot fathom to think what the country would be like if every time someone in history from Paine to King, from Jefferson to Rustin, from Washington to Debs, from Deborah Samson [woman who disguised herself as a man to fight in the revolutionary war because she felt that is what she needed to do to change the direction of the country] to Rosa Parks and the many others who have come before, and since… looked at injustice and social woes of man and rather than said… well I do not love this so I must simply leave it.. placed their lives on the line to fight the injustice of their day.. either with the gun, the sword, the pen, the internet or whatever tool you use to get your point across... what this nation would look like, a cesspool of accepted bigotry, sexism, racism, slavery… so no, I say this is America, if you love it you won’t leave it!

Change can either be good or bad, ideas can either be good or bad yet saying be apathetic to the woes of man or leave a place in my mind makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

As always, my pieces are spoken by me and are only the opinion of mine.

… Goes back to my liberal, progressive, democratic socialist cave.

Credits and Additions:
Songs listened to while typing
Check out my hippie playlist [link]

Tracy Chapman: Talking about a revolution: [link]
Lisa Gerrard: Now we are free: [link]
Yusuf Islam: Peace Train: [link]

Other pieces to check out:
Not fiscally conservative, fiscally pragmatic [link]
Leftist Pragmatism vs. Rightist Idealism [link]
My political ideologies: [link]
Liberals and gun ownership: [link]
Why socialism? [link]
Pure socialism vs democratic socialism [link]

Gay Rights:
Gay rights in America I: [link]
Gay rights in America II: [link]
Debate with an “ex gay” Christian convert: [link]

Influence map: [link]
An atheist on theism & atheism: [link]
Declaration of truth: [link]
What it means to be an atheist: [link]
Atheist leftist answers your questions...:
An atheist debates an atheist on theism: [link]

Abortion pieces:
[main piece] Abortion: [link]
Abortion stamp 1: [link]
Abortion stamp 2: [link]

Check my gallery for other pieces.

As always comrades,
Let knowledge be that truth, which portrays humanity, condemns malevolence; that respects the differences in others while abandoning the hatred and misconceptions of the past.
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Fujin777 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Love this stamp.
AtheosEmanon Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:thumbsup: thanks for the fave..
Fujin777 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you.
Nero--Angelo Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I honestly had an awesome idea.  change the money to "In Allah we trust" on year to see how much all the people that argue for the "In God we trust" thing react CX
AtheosEmanon Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
lmao!!! say hey!!! it still says in god we trust.. just using a different word for god.. bwhaha they will say ban it
methodfordisaster Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Arguing that you have to love a country or get out of it is  like saying if you start a fire in the kitchen you should just leave the house instead of searching for a fire extinguisher. -_-
LookAtMyLittlePoneh Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love that! I like some things about my country but I can recognize that it has some deep seated social justice issues.
AtheosEmanon Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lmao, hey!! start a fire and then leave to the bedroom.. bwhaah I did like your analogy
Blackwidina Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I adore this. I've had *so* much anger at the educational system here that I decided to get my degree as a teacher, then teach in Japan (whose system I think has a lot of merit,) and THEN come back and see if I can use what I learned there to change the system here.

My mom used the 'love it or leave it' line on me, but I can't stand the thought of my daughter's generation of children and beyond struggling under No Child Left Behind.
AtheosEmanon Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
..oh and thanks for the fave
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