Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Beware of Governments Handing Out Security Blankets

We are wearied already with comparisons of the One with FDR, with our New New Deal, and this being the worst emergency since the Great Depression, which FDR presided over and rode for a decade, yet again the parallel thrusts itself before us. FDR introduced us to his "Four Freedoms", which he put forward as government's obligation to provide. (Freedom of speech and religion, and freedom from want and fear.) It seems Obama wants to revise and extend the list. Matt Drudge has this banner headline up:


It appears that now the government is in the business of providing freedom from sadness and crying as well..

"The feds will warn of depression, suicidal thinking and other serious mental illnesses. It will raise warning flags for: Persistent sadness/crying; Excessive anxiety; Lack of sleep/constant fatigue; Excessive irritability/anger."

Or, perhaps as we navigate our way through the Orwellian ObamaSpeak we are forced to decode each day, this might be a warning along the lines of the Tom Hanks character in the movie "A League of Their Own": There's no crying in socialism!

Perhaps it's a psychological ploy to create even more desperation through the power of suggestion: "you're looking awfully worried today--is everything alright?"

Either way, Americans are being fitted out with training wheels, rubber bumpers on all sharp corners, life lessons, bedtime stories, and soothing comfort for all their boo-boos by their warm and always hovering nanny government. Wouldn't it be nice to just settle back and let the government take the weight of the world off your shoulders? How about a nice peanut butter sandwich and a glass of juice, while we take over your pension plan, your medical care, your education, your energy use, your workplace, your mortgage, your standard of living, the products you buy,...

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