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And our obesity! Hence the new Massachusetts law banning bake sales. As of August 1, the state will ban junk food, and by extension, bake sales, holiday party treats, and yummy goodies designed to reward behavior. Our true morality now lies not in promoting liberty around the world, but in fighting fat here at home.
It’s not really designed to save children from themselves. It’s designed to make all standards communal. It used to be that if we chose to get fat, it was our responsibility to pay for those choices. The left seeks to relieve us of the consequences of choice, and in the end, is forced to relieve us of choice as well.
On an ideological level, this is a deeper problem than Americans have ever faced before. “We have so many people who can’t see a fat man standing beside a thin one without coming to the conclusion the fat man got that way by taking advantage of the thin one,” Reagan said in 1964. “So they’re going to solve all the problems of human misery through government and government planning.”
Today’s problem isn’t just redistributing the fat. It’s relieving the inequity of being fat. Our issue is no longer that our natural inequalities should be rectified. It’s that natural inequalities should be drilled out of us. We have moved beyond socialism. We are now approaching the realm of fascism. This is the great leveling – the point at which government legislates how all of us live our lives, not merely how we pay our taxes.
And this is the grand and glorious future Obama has planned for us, now that we’ve accepted the rest of the world as a kind and gentle place. With our foreign enemies appeased, we can focus on the real New Agey mission: moving beyond our individual selves, and becoming utterly community-oriented. All of our choices, in this view, have externalities; therefore, we ought to circumscribe choice.
We used to fight for freedom abroad. Now we are forced to fight for it at home. It starts with bakes sales. But it will not end there.
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