Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Ever since the term “nanny state” was used by British MP Iain Macleod in a column in The Spectator in 1965, it has become a regular part of the parlance of freedom-loving people everywhere who fight to keep government in its place. In David Harsanyi’s Nanny State: How Food Fascists, Teetotaling Do-Gooders, Priggish Moralists, and other Boneheaded Bureaucrats are Turning America into a Nation of Children, the nanny state is defined as …a place where government takes a hyper-interest in micromanaging the welfare of its citizens, shielding us from our own injurious and irrational behavior…A nation plagued by cowardly elected officials — men and women who refuse to protect my autonomy and my right to be unwholesome, degenerate, or offensive. From nationwide consumer protectionist measures to banning children’s’ monkey bars and swing sets, the policies of the U.S. as nanny state have permeated deep into our culture, slowly but surely transforming America into a nation of ninnies. Somewhat Reasonable

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