Nanny State: A world where freedoms are controlled by Government
There have been a couple threads recently bringing the "Nanny State" issue to light. Disturbing, and enlightening.
The first and most blatant example was the judge who overruled a parent's punishment of a disobedient child. Absolutely ridiculous waste of time and money. Not to mention the ramifications down the line. "Johnny, that's enough TV, go to bed. See you in court DAD!"
The "Blind Pigs" thread, a question about allowing smoking was enough to give me a glimmer of hope that people are "protesting" total government control.
When did we as a society allow ourselves to give up our right to life? Our right to raise our children in the manner we saw fit. Our right to choose to be foolish and inconsiderate? (I'm a smoker) Our right to make a living?
I am the one raising my child. I am the one putting up with tantrums and general disobedience. Therefore, I am the one who will decide what punishment is appropriate. If I feel that my child needs to be spanked, sent to bed without supper, or have a priveledge taken away, that is my right as a parent. Not some stunned **** judge, who isn't part of my family, and plays no part whatsoever in his/her upbringing. I have a responsibility to that child to give it the best upbringing I possibly can. And that includes knowing the difference between discipline and abuse. If I cross that line, then the courts should get involved. Don't take away every parent's right to authority just because some don't know where to stop. Funny how we didn't have anywhere near as many violent crimes by "youthful offenders" when Mom and Dad were allowed to tan Juniors backside when he misbehaved.
I am a smoker. That's my choice. Not yours. If I want to own a bar that caters to smokers, who is the government to tell me I can't? That is denying my right to work. Obviously I would have to advise potential staff about the work enviornment before I hired them. You don't like smoke? Then go work somewhere else. There only has to be one single job opening somewhere else in the city, and it would be their choice. Nobody would have their rights denied.
Want more nonsense from the Nanny State? How about covering up all cigarette displays in depanneurs? Has it stopped anybody from smoking? I doubt it. Will it stop anybody from smoking in the future? I doubt that too. Walk past any restaurant or bar, and there's the smokers outside. So little Junior can still see people indulging in their evil habit while he's still in his most formative years.
How about government control over hard liquor? Funny how the government never takes responsibility for drunk drivers and all the death and misery they cause. Am I supposed to believe that every drunk driver was sloshed on beer from Couche Tard? There's a lot of people in the US who have made an honest (not something the SAQ is renound for) living with a liquor store. That'll never happen here in the Nanny State.
Lastly, but only cause it's late, think about the CRTC. A government board whose ONLY reason for existance is to control what you watch on TV, or listen to on the radio. Apparently we as Canadians are too feeble minded to be able to choose what we want to entertain us. A gaurantee of Canadian content? Don't make me laugh. Most worthy entertainers head south before we've ever heard of them because of the antiquated royalties system here. I can think for myself thank you. Sue me if I'd rather watch a MLB game than Women's Volleyball from Halifax. I hate the fact that some of my tax money goes to pay for these people.
That's it. The rant is over. I think I'll head down to my favorite Blind Pig, have a smoke and a beer, and watch a little ESPN thanks to the owner's illegal satellite dish. Fuck you Nanny State. And all the mental midgets who support you.