Last week’s incident in North Carolina when a government agent told a kindergarten girl that the lunch her mother packed for her was not good enough is an example of how big government sneaks politics into the details of everyday life. The vision of the founding fathers of a limited government is the only way you can live most of your life without constant contact with the government, without any political arguments over what you or your family will eat, what type of light bulb you will use, what kind of car you will own, or what sort of political propaganda will be poured into your childrens’ heads when they go to school. Nearly everyone would prefer to have government leave them alone most of the time. Nearly everyone would prefer that public schools would teach their children to read and write, and study arithmetic, history and literature without all the political propaganda that permeates every public school in the nation. So why isn’t it so?
Unfortunately, a lot of people who would like to have the government stay out of their lives as much as possible don’t seem to be willing to extend the same rights to others. We don’t know the identity of the individual who was checking kindergartner’s lunches in North Carolina, but I’ll bet that person would not like to have that sort of intrusion into their own affairs. You have to wonder if TSA agents don’t feel embarrassed and foolish groping the crotches of airline travelers. Apparently they don’t, but you can be sure they would not like to be on the receiving end of such treatment.
The government is too big and overbearing. It’s destroying the tranquility of everyday life. Vote for politicians who vow to make it smaller. Politicians who don’t want politics to be their permanent career. Free up the bureaucrats for more productive lives in the private sector.