Saturday, July 15, 2006

Faith, Freedom, and Common Sense

We've had a few discussions recently about state intervention in our private lives. The most egregious example being the case of homeschooler Abraham Cherrix. (Please read up on his case if you don't know what that's about.)

Government meddling ranges from the serious to the down right silly. Here's just one more example of the government trying to solve an issue they were never intended to - obesity.

No more Mac attacks:

New York City has hundreds of bustling fast-food outlets, but if one leading politician has his way, there may soon be fewer of them on the block. They make good-tasting, affordable food, but unfortunately, it lacks nutrition," says council member Joel Rivera, of the Bronx, who also leads the Democrats at City Hall.

"What I want to do is limit the number of fast-food establishments within specific proximity of each other, and try to give incentives for healthy alternatives, and give people choices," he adds.

In the name of choice he wants to limit the choices. Makes perfect sense to me!

G.K. Chesterton said it best,
"When you break the big laws, you do not get freedom; you do not even get anarchy. You get the small laws."
We are becoming a nation of small laws and large political egos --politicians who think they can and must solve every human dilemma imaginable.

What is the solution? Peggy Noonan offered a few thoughts in her recent column that I thought were very well stated,

One: It is good to keep in mind, at such a time, that we must let as many questions devolve into the private sphere as possible. Not all can but many can, and on so many issues it's better to err on the side of individual freedom than the authority of the state. Two, in making big decisions do not lose simple common sense, which is common human sense, which is, for instance: If you start to clone humans it will have an ugly end. Three: Do not let go of your faith. Do not lose it. In the age in which too much is demanded of the slim wisdom of politicians, it is our only hope, and theirs.

This isn't a complete answer for sure, but faith, freedom, and a little common sense have served this country well for over 200 years; let's not abandon them now.

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