President Obama's second inaugural address was part one of a nanny statist's
dream, with the upcoming State of the Union promised to be part two, of one
homage after another praising the virtues of our entitlement culture and with
just one mention of the soaring debt propping it up.
For those of us who hold our prosperity and our individual liberties dear,
the inaugural address was a frightening vision of America's ongoing descent into
"We have always understood that when times change, so must we," Obama said.
"That fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new
challenges, that preserving our individual freedom ultimately requires
What does Obama mean by "collective action?" More nanny state assaults on the
free market — like New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's war on soda.
Such incursions are prima facie intolerable: Government has no more business
dictating the size of our sodas than it has dictating the fuel efficiency of the
cars we drive or the pixel ratio of the television screens we put in our living
Those choices belong to individual consumers, or at least they should.
On To Dependency
Yet every time overbearing power grabbers like Obama and Bloomberg succeed in
wresting these decisions away from us, we become less free — as do the markets
we rely on for our prosperity.
Even if some tangible economic or social benefit were to be gained by
imposing such Orwellian restrictions (and invariably there isn't), these
"collective actions" remain morally wrong and anathema to our nation's founding
principles — the latest missteps down a slippery slope leading to total
subservience (and total dependency).
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