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Memorial Day Heroes Didn't Fight for a Nanny State

By Thursday, 26 May 2016 02:23 PM Current | Bio | Archive

At one point in the movie "Demolition Man," Denis Leary's character says, “I'm the ‘enemy’ because I like to think, I like to read. I'm into freedom of speech, freedom of choice. I'm the kind of guy who wonders, ‘Gee, should I have the T-bone steak or the jumbo rack of barbecued ribs with the side order of gravy fries?’ I want high cholesterol. I want to eat bacon, and butter, and buckets of cheese. I want to smoke a Cuban cigar the size of Cincinnati in a non-smoking section.”

Another Memorial Day is here, and with it the requisite cookouts and flags.

What’s not to love? Two things, actually.

Fewer and fewer Americans have the slightest clue as to what they are supposed to be celebrating. To them, “Memorial Day” are just words associated with partying.

That shouldn’t be.

Here’s a refresher: Memorial Day is the special observance where we honor those who fought to achieve, and later preserve, the unique freedoms that have made America the envy of the world for 250 years.

But even more disturbing is that America has turned into a nanny state, an ever-restrictive society where we are voluntarily allowing our rights to be eroded.

And that is a stinging slap in the face to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Translation: that’s not what people fought — and died for — to protect.

Rather than embrace our pioneering heritage predicated on pulling ourselves up by our own bootstraps, with the innate understanding that we the people — not government —know best, we have morphed into a citizenry wholly accepting of being told what to do, and how and when to do it.

What’s not yet clear is if a majority agrees with that, or if the silent masses are paralyzed to act due to complacency or fear of being labeled “offensive.”

Look at where things stand:

We can’t even get into our cars without being told what to do. Don’t buckle up, and you’re greeted with a non-stop beep demanding you comply. If you own a vehicle that doesn’t have a God complex, you still face significant fines if you choose not to wear your restraint.

And ignorance isn’t an excuse, as we are threatened with punishment via multi-million dollar government-sponsored commercials, courtesy of the forgotten taxpayers.

Mandating seatbelts for children is common sense. But in the same way that not wearing a motorcycle helmet should be a rider’s choice, not buckling up should be the driver’s decision, as any adverse consequences will be limited to that person.

And no, we shouldn’t favor mandates under the false premise that they save on insurance premiums, as:
  • Insurance companies can charge more for higher-risk behavior.
  • Unprotected driving leads to higher death rates, thereby reducing costly long-term medical care.
Helicopter parents have taken the nanny state mentality to a new level. Instead of fostering an atmosphere of discovery, too many hover over their kids’ every action, and our children are losing their childhoods. The result? We have warped a generation, producing manic children conditioned to fear everything, from walking to the bus, to playing cops-and-robbers and tag.

Everything is so precisely orchestrated that creativity and curiosity has been erased, replaced with a structure so unnatural that social skills are nonexistent.

Nanny state coaches often don’t keep score, and standings are frequently taken off-line so as to not offend the lower-ranked teams. Instead, everyone gets a trophy because we have mandated a homogenous society — individual achievement is frowned upon.

Governments continue to ban people from smoking (a legal activity) in private restaurants (hey, if you don’t like the smoke, patronize another establishment) and in outdoor public places (Times Square, beaches, parks).

These laws hurt everyone, because they lead to more regulations, such as how many ounces of soda can be dispensed. Once the nanny door is opened, it never shuts.

Most unfathomable is New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent edict that, should an employer or landlord not use preferred gender-neutral pronouns and titles — ze/hir instead of he/her, whatever that means — they can be fined $250,000.

Beyond this law incinerating freedom of speech, the practical aspects are sheer lunacy.

So if someone addressed Caitlin Jenner with him/her instead of a non gender-neutral pronoun, they could be subject to a gargantuan fine, despite no way to verify what gender he/she is, and no way to know what identify is “preferred” on any given day.

When is enough enough?

It’s so exasperating that it’s easy to just give up. But in remembrance of those who battled for the “Land of the free and home of the brave,” we owe it to them to keep fighting so that the wings of liberty stop losing feathers.

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.

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Fewer Americans have the slightest clue as to what they are supposed to be celebrating. Memorial Day are just words associated with partying. Even more disturbing is that America has turned into a nanny state. Once the nanny door is opened, it never shuts.
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