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Ronald Reagan once said that the nine most terrifying words in the English language are: “We’re from the government, and we’re here to help.”
I was reminded of that saying this weekend when I bought my toddler grandson a new little trike. When I say “little,” I mean little, as the packaging says it is designed for ages 18 months to 3 years.
My grandson is 18 months old and it fits him just right. I chuckled at the illustration on the carton showing a toddler wearing a helmet on the little trike. Now what fun is it if you have to strap on a hot, uncomfortable helmet on a little kid just to ride around the house.
The warnings included this statement: “We recommend riders always wear a properly fitted helmet that complies with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Standard 16 CFR 1203.”
There also were other warnings to avoid injury, such as always wear shoes, “adult supervision” required, and never use near motor vehicles. Really? Ya think an 18-month-old requires adult supervision?
At least, the trike did not come with a seat belt, but that will probably be the next thing to come, all in the name of child safety. Methinks this is going a bit overboard!
Americans have about all the help from the federal government that they can stand and still maintain what liberties they have left. Every day is a challenge to determine what can or cannot be done with or without the approval of Uncle Sam -- and it’s rapidly getting worse.
Of course all these protections originally were put into place, many of them over decades, with the best of intentions. It is a bureaucracy designed to save us from ourselves. Many of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules have, unfortunately, saved unknown critters at the expense of humans, often with serious consequences.
Americans used to believe that there was nothing more important to individual rights than laws that protect individual property and freedom, but that is changing. The Constitution no longer can be counted on to protect our freedom, but has been subverted to mean something other than what it was designed to mean. Most of the new regulations take away individual rights in favor of the collective.
Thus, we can expect more crop losses in some areas because of water-use restrictions, and more brownouts and even blackouts this summer as power plants are shut down because of environmental concerns.
All the while, consumers are struggling to fill their cars with gasoline made even more expensive through government regulations and restrictions. At some point, will people begin to say enough is enough when it comes to government protections? Or are we too far gone wanting to be protected from ourselves?
Perhaps so. Ronald Reagan and the Founding Fathers must be turning in their graves, as if to say, “We tried to warn you, but you wouldn’t listen.”
Too many Americans today are only too happy to hear: We are from the government, and we are here to help you, because government mandates require less thinking and less individual responsibility, but also less freedom.
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GRAND PRAIRIE TX
March 28, 2012 11:26am
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