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September 23, 2009

You are just a child

It has become fashionable
for governments to treat people -- even adults -- like children: children who consume too much, obey too little and remain too fond their imaginary friends. And their betters take it upon themselves to guard their speech, take away their dangerous toys and curtail their choices because they are prone to make unwise ones. And most of all they see to it that we should expect no better our lives but a little welfare gruel and some end of life counseling. Once upon a time mankind saw it as their birthright to wander the fields, swim in the streams and see what was over the next hill. Today we live penned up in dark houses warded by sour matrons and bloodless didacts who are forever seeking to administer their "teaching moments."

Posted by Vanderleun at September 23, 2009 8:27 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
C. S. Lewis

Posted by: RKV at September 24, 2009 6:03 AM

Had dinner at a fancy schmanzy restaurant not too long ago, a restaurant that did not have the 'clutter' of salt & pepper shakers upsetting the tranquil tabletop tableau. When the food arrived needing salt, I asked for it and was told that the chef had prepared the food properly and it did not need salt!!

Posted by: Boots at September 24, 2009 10:25 AM

Went to a college football game the other day:

can't take in open containers of fluids (an unopened bottle of water is OK, but an opened bottle is no go), go figure.

For years there was an area next to the bathroom where us smokers congregated (since we became pariahs in society); this year there's no smoking inside the perimeter fence, you have to go way outside to light up. Smoking in the old place will get you a visit from one of the ubiquitous security guards.

Plays are replayed on the big stadium screens unless there is a penalty flag thrown or some other review. Policy is that nothing that might upset the masses can be shown on the big screen; we don't get to see the replay of the spectacular catch near the sideline. Heaven knows that the citizens will riot if they see a replay of a questionable call.

This is a direct example of the post's point, all of us paying customers are just children who must be protected and controlled lest we hurt ourselves...

Posted by: twgin at September 28, 2009 1:12 PM

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