Mark Steyn has an article on Michelle Obama’s campaign to reduce child obesity. As he states this is a hard campaign to argue against. After all who is for child obesity?
However his point is that “America is already hideously over-bureaucratized and pushing against the limits.” The point is not the campaign (which has good aims) but that the government is ever so slowly reaching its octopus arms into our lives and telling us and our children what to eat.
He closes with an image he uses at the end of his book.
In my latest book, I mention the famous image that closes Planet of the Apes: a loinclothed Charlton Heston falling to his knees as he comes face to face with a shattered Statue of Liberty poking out of the desolate sands. And I write that liberty is not a statue, and that is not how liberty falls. The more likely dystopia is a land where the Statue still stands, yet liberty itself withers away remorselessly, often under cover of bright shiny novel “liberties” and “freedoms” — “free” health care, “free” college education with “free” contraceptives for 30-year-old students. Until eventually you reach a point where a man in an office thousands of miles away is determining how much your child can eat — and nobody finds that unusual.