The Nanny State Is Contrary to American Values

I am not an infant. Neither am I simple minded nor senile. My parents, of the Greatest Generation, raised me to be independent and self-reliant. That was over sixty years ago and is sharply different than the nanny state utopia so touted by today’s progressives. When did so many Americans decide that some faceless government bureaucrat knows better how we should live our lives than we do ourselves? I was raised to work hard, live frugally, and save for a rainy day and old age. My ultimate goal was and is to help provide a better life for my children than my parents were able to provide for me. These were the values that made America the greatest country in the history of mankind. Their replacement by progressive values will inevitably diminish our nation and society.

As one example, after the tragic mass murder in Orlando on June 12, progressives like President Obama and Secretary Clinton immediately called for stricter gun control laws. This is the typical progressive response to all problems – more government control and less individual responsibility. The pioneers that settled the West didn’t depend on the government to defend themselves against Indian (Native American for those PC types who have forgotten the old term.) raids or outlaws. Homesteaders in hostile territory carried their guns with them because they knew they couldn’t depend on help arriving on time. Private citizens would routinely join a posse to track down bank robbers or rustlers. It worked. The West was tamed.

Yet now progressive Democrats believe that modern Americans are incapable of defending themselves. They believe we can’t be trusted to own or carry a gun, even for self-defense. These political leaders side with Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, who said in a statement on Tuesday, “It is hard to find a rational justification that explains the ease with which people can buy firearms, including assault rifles…” I think a rational justification would be our Second Amendment right to self-defense. Instead progressives aim (deliberate choice of words) to curtail and eventually eliminate the Second Amendment, which states “…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

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rand-paul-nanny-stateThe justification the progressive fall back on is that they don’t want our country turned into the old West shooting gallery or have untrained crazies getting angry and opening fire for no good reason. One could argue, as Thomas J. DiLorenzo, did in The Culture of Violence in the American West: Myth versus Reality that the old West was safer than the streets of Chicago, but that is beside the point. Instead consider the recent 9th Circuit Court ruling that counties in California can restrict permits for concealed carry permits. Aside from the obvious, that restricting our right sounds like infringement to any rational person, in order to get a concealed carry permit you have to demonstrate that you’d be a responsible gun owner. Concealed carry permits require a license. It is no accident that many of these mass shootings take place in gun free zones. If some of those victims in that Orlando club had been armed is it really likely that as many people would have died in the hours before the police were able to rescue the victims? At the very least don’t people have to right to at least try to defend themselves? Not according to progressives.

For progressives to dismiss our right of self-defense demonstrates their opinion that Americans are too stupid to be trusted to manage their own lives. All the nanny state programs are aimed at turning us into wards of the state. That was not the American way. Whether it is gun control or food stamps or mandated health insurance these programs don’t make us free. The goal is control of our lives. Remember that a gilded cage is still a prison. That was not the value system that made America great. It is way past time we reasserted our rights and live free of unnecessary government interference.

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Nicholas Wishek

Nicholas Wishek. Retired teacher. 40 years classroom experience. Served in California National Guard 6 years. BA in history, MA in education. Married 35 years. Two sons. Many columns published in OC Register 2009-2014.

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