What the managers, the controllers, the “well intentioned” fans of big government will never get, or chose to ignore, is that with each speech code, with each law against sugar sodas, with each incremental reach by the state into our everyday lives, we give powerful coercive forces more and more cover to do bad things. The cops get to operate in more and more of our lives.
To a large degree those who embrace the nanny state – you know them, they were on all the politically correct committees in college, the folks who feared every offensive word or even intonation, the people who became “residence advisors” because they wanted some kind of official authority, the people who eventually went into government and became sociology professors – are simply control freaks. They think that for the most part people are too stupid to run their own lives.
Every truck with an NRA sticker sends a pulse of rage through their veins. Why is so much of “Murica” so damn stupid? Why can’t they be more like me? I’m smart. I drive a Prius. (Not a bad car by the way.) I listen to NPR. I am enlightened. We must have more regulations to keep these idiots in line. There ought to be a law!
And so the control freaks embolden the police (Who are often great by the way. I’ve known some top notch cops.) in an effort to bend the “idiots” to their will. In the process of course the managers, the controllers, and the bureaucrats create a police state. But that’s OK at least it’s a police state which is safe for those who listen to All Things Considered.
Not all fascism looks like Hitler. Sometimes the jackboots are traded for Birkenstocks.
(From Real Clear Politics)
Once you accept the premise that so-called experts should decide what’s best for the rest of us, the only question remaining is how to deal with people who don’t comply.
It’s the same mindset that believes the National Security Agency should be allowed to read all our emails and monitor our phone calls in the name of national security. Just trust us, they say. We’re from the government, and we’re here to help.
How’s this for help? In Georgia, a SWAT team broke into a house searching for drugs and threw a flash-bang grenade inside a child’s crib. The excessive force was disgusting to begin with. Even worse is the fact that the police had the wrong house and there were no drugs. The child is in critical condition.