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The Nanny State

Reader comment on item: [Bureaucratic Leftism and] Globalthink's Perils

Submitted by Dan Schwartz (United States), Sep 24, 2002 at 13:01

One offshoot of this situation is the so-called "nanny state," where individuals trust and rely on the government to take care of them, their needs, wants, and "safety."

This "Trust the Government" mentality, though, is also being picked up by the neo-conservatives such as Alberto Gonzales and John Ashcroft. It's also become prevalent in the Judiciary with judicial activists infesting the Federal Courts, with strict Constructionists not meeting Senator Schumer's various litmus tests.

Benjamin Franklin summed it up nicely all the way back in 1759:
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety"

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