The latest madness from the Nannie state: San Francisco is now banning happy meal toys. Here’s the problem, here is where it becomes clear that there is a battle raging between do goodism and freedom, pure and simple. What happens when the San Francisco Board of Supervisors realizes that despite the lack of toys, Happy Meals are still being sold and consumed…by children…DUN DUN DUN (sinister drum beat)? Will they then ban all kids’ menu items that have more than X number of calories? How about all meals that have more than X grams of sugar, or any trans fat at all? Then, surely, they’ll move on to adults. How would you like being fined for eating a doughnut? What if doughnuts just flat out became unavailable…banned from the city? Would a black market for doughnuts arise? Where will it stop? Will the madness ever stop? Will they come into your kitchen demanding you “detoxify” your cupboards? I am using absurdity to illustrate a point, but in all seriousness, where does it stop? (Oh, yes, it will stop when we finally arrive at that perfect society where we all walk around like mind numb robots in perfect health and are completely incapable of making decisions for ourselves or providing for ourselves and our families.)
Liberals…ahem, progressives…know no bounds when it comes to their do goodism. Hey, I’m not saying this stuff is good for you…or for your children…but where is the choice and accountability in this madness? This is where do goodism turns into soft tyranny. Tyranny and freedom cannot both reign; we need to go one way or the other. We cannot continue to walk this tightrope, loosing one small freedom at a time, because eventually we’re going to fall off the rope as a society. Parents are responsible for teaching their children healthy habits. Feel free to educate those parents if you think they’re doing a shoddy job, but in the end…the choice is still theirs how they will raise their children. And when the children become adults, the choice becomes theirs how healthily they live their lives. But what if these children grow up used to the idea that the state determines what they can eat and what they can’t…can you imagine what kind of adults they will become? Well, they’ll vote Democrat, that one thing is sure.