Power to the People's Overseers; Liberals Find New Ways to Enjoy Their Favorite Pastime - Coercion
Byline: Robert Knight, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Liberals love coercion. They think they're smarter than the rest of us. If they didn't, they wouldn't expend so much effort inventing new rules and laws for our betterment.
Just this past week, liberal Democrats imposed the counterfeit of homosexual marriage on the people of Maryland, shot down expanded gun rights in Iowa and defeated an amendment in the U.S. Senate restoring conscience protections against the Obama administration's contraceptive and abortifacient mandate to Catholic hospitals.
They were joined in the latter by moderate Republican Sen. Olympia J. Snowe of Maine, whose announced departure at the end of her term has generated crocodile tears among those whose favorite moderates are Republicans who cave on cue.
In Virginia, liberal Democrats voted to continue to bar home school families from sports teams in public schools that they support with their taxes, and halted a bill to ease the mandated anti-HPV inoculation of young girls. These are the same Democrats who screamed keep your hands off our bodies over a Republican-sponsored law requiring women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound before letting the abortionist kill the baby.
Suddenly, liberals who want to get around parents to inject girls with drugs and to coerce Catholics into funding abortion pills find government coercion, well, a terrible thing. When it comes to abortion, liberals oppose any speed bumps whatsoever, including minimal health regulations imposed on all other medical clinics, and procedures aimed at providing more information to mothers about something as consequential as the gestation of a new human being.
But abortion and the proliferation of obscenity are the grand exceptions. In most other matters, liberals drink enthusiastically from the tap labeled Coercion. They want to regulate everything under the sun, and they'd regulate the sun if they could get their hands on it. Sadly, conservatives who are tempted to use government as a vehicle for compassion sometimes get addicted to the same elixir.
Frustrated by Americans' continued resistance to their benevolent control, liberals a few years ago hit on their grand idea: man-made global warming. It's the ultimate excuse for regulating every human activity and expanding government. It's also another great excuse for promoting abortion and non-procreative alternative lifestyles, because the birth of each human baby is a terrible threat to the environment.
Just to add perspective, this rush to regulate in the name of progress is a relatively new development. The U.S. government, for instance, did not have to issue a crackdown on horse poop and the hay industry to facilitate the mass switch from ol' Dobbin to the Model T.
Likewise, it did not have to punish Ma Bell to get us all off rotary units and onto cellphones. Wait. It did. It broke Ma Bell into seven Baby Bells. I stand corrected. But touch tones and iPhones would have happened anyway because people like them and Steve Jobs needed an outlet for his restless, entrepreneurial energy.
The point is, apart from the space program, which generated lots of technological breakthroughs on the taxpayer's dime before President Obama killed it, government does a lousy job of picking winners and losers compared to the free market. …