If nothing else, you’ll want to read this by Mark Steyn: Live Free or Die! In it, he talks about the four stages of the infantilization of the population under a government that does everything for them (and thereby erodes freedom): Stage 1) the massive expansion of governement (i.e., the “stimulus”) comes with strings attached (we’re now seeing this with the banks and with Chrysler) Stage 2) Once you accept you’re a child in the government nursery, why shouldn’t Nanny tell you what to do? and then Stage 3) what to think? and Stage 4) what not to think? All of these are fleshed out with first-hand examples.
When governments annex a huge chunk of the economy, they also annex a huge chunk of individual liberty. You fundamentally change the relationship between the citizen and the state into something closer to that of junkie and pusher–and you make it very difficult ever to change back. Americans face a choice: They can rediscover the animating principles of the American idea–of limited government, a self-reliant citizenry, and the opportunities to exploit your talents to the fullest–or they can join most of the rest of the Western world in terminal decline. To rekindle the spark of liberty once it dies is very difficult.
Steyn likens it to perpetual adolescence. Life is about nothing more than sleeping in. Once we rely on the government to provide the things that ADULTS used to provide for themselves, then it’s back to the playpen for us, and goodbye freedom.
In other news, Ted Turner thinks China has done pretty well with population control, without resorted to “draconian measures.” Huh, that’s interesting. Turner doesn’t consider forced abortions, one-child only governmental policies, and forced kidnappings of infants “draconian.” Which, by the way, we taxpayers now support, thanks to Obama restoring our tax dollars to the UN Population Fund, which enforces these–“un-draconian”–measures. The fine for having an “illegal child” in China now costs 3-5 times a Chinese family’s income, and if they don’t pay up immediately, government officials come knocking, and forcibly remove the infant. Gee, and here I thought that liberals were always so concerned about human rights? (Big lie number 589 about liberalism.) And despite what the UNFPA tells us, forced abortions are still taking place. Can you imagine being forced to abort your child?
These types of abuses should be condemned by pro-life people AND those on the other side of the issue. We should not continue to allow our tax dollars to make this sort of thing possible. But all I hear from the Obama administration? Chirping crickets.