Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Free Country or Imperial Nanny State?

Excuse me, but since when did government (at any level) have the "authority" to order you to evacuate your home? According to a report filed by JUAN A. LOZANO of the Associated Press, the "authorities" in Galveston, Texas, apparently think they do.

...and officials said Tuesday they are ready to use emergency powers to empty the barrier island.

Hmm. Exactly what "emergency powers" are these "officials" referring to here?

Local authorities are prepared to do whatever it takes to get residents to a safer place.

Does this mean trampling upon the rights of these citizens? Suppose one (or more) of these people flatly refuses to go along with said "evacuation?" What will "whatever it takes" mean for him/her/them?

Arrest? Prosecution? Incarceration perhaps? After all, it is for their "own good," is it not? As we all know, Government knows best, right? I mean, their hiring standards are so, umm, high.

Last time I checked, the government's only legitimate role in this society was solely to ensure that our right's as citizens were protected. Period.

What say you?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

In principle, you are correct in thinking this is beyond the scope of government, but in reality, the liberal courts and legislatures have created the nanny state that, in essence, financially obligates the governmental entities to evacuate these individuals, or face legal action in the case of their death or injury.

Ironically, it is the origination of the nanny state that further perpetuates the nanny state.

When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered. -Dorothy Thompson