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The United States has a long history of public defiance of centralized government authority. Civil disobedience, evasive action, resistance to government mandates, defiance of government oppressors, sabotage, and the smuggling of forbidden items are embedded in the collective unconscious.
These actions against oppressive and restrictive centralized government seem to be in our genes, pointing to an independent spirit that flies in the face of authoritarian government edicts.
“You are not going to tell me what to do,” Americans seem to be saying in one unified chorus to government directives.