Ronald Reagan once said “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”
That statement used to have an obvious meaning, but all too many Americans actually breathe a sigh of relief and happily cede their rights and authority to the ever power hungry specter of government. There was a time when people kept their government on a short leash. When did the situation become reversed?
I recently heard that it’s common for teachers of state-run schools to perform in-house visitations of their students’ homes, some going so far as to look in their bedrooms. Perhaps this would be acceptable if parents were allowed to visit the teachers’ homes. What kind of environment is the teacher coming from and how might that impact their teaching? Instead of an outcry from parents on the issue of privacy, the biggest worry seems to be whether or not the house is clean. Is it just me, or is something out of kilter here?
Teachers visiting homes is only the beginning. What about sex-ed class? Your child is being taught by a stranger about the most intimate details of life. If there was ever a parental responsibility, surely sex education is it. From daycare on, children have been subjected to the authority of government employees who gradually remove power from the parents. And generations of children, accustomed to such intrusion into their daily lives, now seem to expect it, or are at least resigned to it. Perhaps it’s easier to let someone else do the heavy lifting. But it comes at a price.
Somewhere along the way, we’ve forgotten to be suspicious of government, the way our founders were. They’re the ones who, by design, wanted to keep government small. Whether it’s teacher visitation, what light bulbs we use, or whether we’ll be covered by insurance if we use trans-fats, government has eroded the autonomy of Americans.
Unfortunately, some Americans—half of which now receive some form of government aid—seem just fine with that.