At what point do progressives say, “All right, we have enough control over other people’s lives, and we’re not interested in getting more”?
Ask a silly question!
Last week the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, an agency of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, issued a report calling for the “adoption of plant-based diets, taxes on dessert, train obesity ‘interventionists’ at worksites, and electronic monitoring of how long Americans sit in front of the television,” quoting from the news article in Free Beacon.
So—they want to force us all to become vegetarians, depriving our brains of protein and thus weakening the first line of defense against liberalism, punish us if we have dessert, hire new federal employees (pensions and all) to prowl around the workplace to make sure nobody stashes a bag of Fritos in his desk: and to top it all off, to use our “smart” TVs to spy on us at home. (Well, we warned you what to expect whenever liberals use the word “smart.”) What will they do to you if they decide you’re spending too much time on the couch—send a SWAT team to drag you to the gym? Review your gender choices? Drive nails through your forehead to teach you who’s boss?
What is left, after this, of our adulthood? Will they tell us when to go to bed? Will they make us eat the same unappetizing pap that the Worst Lady has forced on school cafeterias? Eat it or go stand in a corner?
They’ll have to pry my hamburger from my cold, dead fingers.
Oh, but a Republican Congress would never pass this!
Aha—but this is not a law. This is a regulation. It is to be imposed on us without a vote, without debate—just a few stage-managed “public hearings.” I’ve been to a few of those hearings, and I know how they work: we talk, and then they do as they please.Our masters don’t bother with laws anymore.
Hey, here’s another law: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” It’s the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution—supreme law of the land, and all that. Isn’t it a scream?
But our masters in Washington don’t need laws anymore to justify what they do. They just do it. And we let them do it.
Rush Limbaugh hit the nail on the head when he said these proposed regulations are the logical extension of Obamacare. If the government’s going to pay for your health care—they’ll have to, once they’ve taken all your money—then it follows that the government will have a compelling interest in your staying healthy. And because everything in this world is finite, except for the progressive’s appetite for power over other people, it follows that finite healthcare resources must not be allocated to those individuals who don’t play by the rules. If you’re a smoker, if you stay up late to watch wrestling on TV, if you bought a steak on the black market, if you’ve been caught nibbling on a twinkie—well, sport, you’re out of luck. No medical treatment for you. Stick that in your Bronze Plan and smoke it—er, never mind, they won’t let you smoke. Sit on it instead.
The upshot of it is, they own you. Like they’d own a dog or cat. You are their pet, their chattel. Only, unlike a pet, you’ll have to work. Your tax dollars are needed to support your masters in the style to which they’ve become accustomed.
Do you think Patrick Henry would have allowed any government to tell him what he could or couldn’t eat?
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