We need a palette cleanser this afternoon after a long week of intense debate over the reach of government and its intrusion on personal choice. Hey, why not take a look at Reason TV’s Nanny of the Month, which highlights … government intrusion on personal choices? Yeah, it’s kind of like drinking arsenic as a chaser to a hemlock highball, but it’s also a perfect way to end Congress Can Do Anything It Wants As Long As You Call It A Tax Week:
June’s busybodies want to shield your eyes from bikinis and remind you that they’re not above ripping your garden out (even if you are complying with city codes).
But top dishonors go to the police chief who admitted on camera that his officers had “more important things to do,” but still championed a measure that fines folks for swearing in public.
I laughed out loud about the last clip, which comes from the 1993 film Demolition Man, when Sandra Bullock was still struggling to get her name above the title and Sylvester Stallone was dissipating his box-office bankability. For those who don’t remember, Stallone plays a cop stored for decades in cryogenic storage who has to get thawed out in order to chase a criminal who escaped cryogenic storage, because political correctness and the nanny state has rendered society completely incapable of defending itself. Its IMDB rating of 6.4 is about two points too generous overall, but it does present an effective cautionary tale about political correctness leading to a fascism with a smiley face.