This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger
The Right to be Left Alone is not an anti-government viewpoint. But this belief that free adults or free Americans are exactly that. That we own ourselves, our bodies and our minds. What we do with our own lives is exactly that. Our own lives and that we and only we should be held accountable for our own decisions. And where government comes in when it comes to personal and economic behavior as far as regulating is when we hurt innocent people. Whether we hurt them intentionally or unintentionally.
And as a country really since the Great Depression have moved away from that, or even go back to the Progressive Era of the early 1900s when Progressives believed that government needed to do more than that. That it couldn't just be there to protect our freedom. But to protect the general welfare of the country even if that meant restricting or even contracting individual freedom both personal and economic. So you get alcohol prohibition of the 1930s which inspired the Neoconservative War on Drugs in the 1970s. To today with big government paternalists believing government should prohibit what we can eat and drink and even smoke. Or what we can do in the privacy of our own homes.
When it comes to government in this country there now seems to be consensus that government needs to protect people from themselves. And there are factions on both the Right and Left who believe in this, but believe government should protect us for different reasons. Paternalists on the Left so-called today's Progressives want to stop us from junk food and soft drinks. Paternalists on the Right want to tell us who we can marry, sleep with, when we can have sex and who we can marry.
Big government gone wild on both wings, but there are a growing number of Americans on both the Left and Right who believe big government is too much and are finally fighting back especially as it relates to privacy.
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