I used the word nanny statist in my last blog, and someone suggested that I should define it. A nanny statist is someone who believes that the state and its bureaucracy can manage your affairs better than you. They are convinced, and they want you to be convinced, that they are there to protect you from harm.
AURORA, Colo. (AP/CBS4) – A 6-year-old boy was suspended from his suburban Denver school for three days after school officials said he told a girl “I’m sexy and I know it,” a line from a popular song. D’Avonte Meadows, a first-grader at Sable Elementary School in Aurora, is accused of sexual harassment and disrupting other students, according to a letter the school district sent to his mother after he was sent home Wednesday. Aren’t you glad they caught the dangerous little pervert? Nanny statists are also quite adept at catching kids selling lemonade – get this – WITHOUT A LICENSE!!
And they are extremely adept at evaluating, and ruling on even more serious situations so that you can sleep easy. A couple of years ago in Canada, a schizophrenic man beheaded a sleeping, fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Fair enough. Then, a couple of weeks ago, his psychiatrist, Dr. Steven Kremer, told the review board, which looks annually at the killer’s case that his patient is on medication and experiencing no symptoms or hallucinations. Assessments of his condition conclude that he has only a 0.8 per cent chance of re-offending in the next seven years. Accordingly he should gradually be taken out into the public so he can eventually be released. That’s a 0.8 chance of re-offending. Not 0.7, or 8.3. 0.8. Exactly1 in 1250 chances in the next seven years. Don’t you hope you’re not number 1250? This psychiatrist is a true technocrat – an essential cog in the gears of the nanny state. Climate technocrats tell us the earth will warm 1 to 1.5 degrees Celsius in the next 100 years, but they can’t tell me if their will be any overnight frost for the rest of May. Sleep well; they are watching out for you!
Nanny statists also believe they can put your money to better use than you can. Which is why your bridges are falling down, and your country is mired in a debt which cannot be paid in your lifetime. This is also why, someday, your grandchildren will hate you.
Anyway, back to progressives. Since mid 1960s, “Progressives” have more or less had the run of the place. So have we have we moved from a less desirable society to a more desirable society? Certainly, progress has been made on racial discrimination. That is a good thing. And women are free to work at almost any career they choose. “Thank Betty Freidan and Helen “hear me roar” Reddy − free at last!!”
But it doesn’t end there. Women are now EXPECTED to work outside the home. If they decide to bypass the corporate world and run their home, – and as a married man I assure you they do; it is suggested that they aren’t working and are somehow betraying the sisterhood. Apparently, after all the heroic sacrifices made by the bra burners of the sixties, raising kids is no longer considered meaningful work. But not being able to raise kids without having to take a guilt trip does take a bit off the edge of the freedom thing.
In fact, we’ve progressed so far that in many cases women have no choice but to work outside the home. Taxes (which are still not high enough to pay for the party, hence the debt), take a total of 42% from the income of the average Canadian family, and 30% from the average American family, and enough to live on has to come from somewhere. (Additionally, Americans have to pay their own health care insurance costs, or their company does. Canadians get “free” health care paid for by that extra 12% in tax, but have to wait 18 months for a hip transplant).
If these women have children, they often are placed in daycare which is publicly subsidized by the taxes Mom pays on the income she makes working outside the home. How progressive is that?! She gets to buy groceries with what’s left.
Or, put another way; taxpayer subsidized daycare is staffed by low paid childcare workers who replace the original childcare worker –Mom− who has to go out to work to pay taxes to support an endless list of government “benefits” including subsidized daycare, whether she and her husband want to use daycare, or not. Makes sense only if you’re a nanny statist or a bureaucrat.
So, do we need to stop and re-evaluate? Are my granddaughters freer than their great grandmother who died in March, age 91? Have we progressed to a more desirable place? I’ll let you decide, but my mother would say: “Definitely not!”
Below is a link to a Canadian take on nanny statism. It’s 20 minutes, but at the end of it you will understand that nanny statism has overrun western society like dandelions or kudzu. And, like dandelions and kudzu, it won’t go away without a lot of hard, and sustained, work.
Going back for our future.