I’d prefer to be treated like a grownup, please

I was unable to buy beer this morning, because it was not yet 12:00. A local ordinance in a small town.

What struck me about this is that the people who bemoan the “nanny” state and the outlays of government cash for food, housing, or transportation of the poor are almost certainly the same ones that thought this law would be a good idea. We treat adults like children, unable to decide when best to buy alcohol or consume it, what to do in their own bedrooms, or a host of other regulations “for the good of the community.”

I call bullshit. Why is one kind of paternalism ok, while the other is not?

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10 Responses to I’d prefer to be treated like a grownup, please

  1. At least they let you buy beer on Sundays. In Minnesota, they sell beer only in liquor stores (real beer, not the 3% crap they carry in the grocery stores as a pacifier for the desperate), and they’re all closed on Sundays. Yet for all the restrictions on alcohol, Minnesota has one of the highest reported rates of binge drinking among teens and 20-somethings.

    Someone needs to tell these people that Prohibition was lifted almost 80 years ago.

  2. Jane says:

    Lol, wow, there would be riots here if they had rules like that.

  3. kimkiminy says:

    If government treats people like children, then why is government so surprised when people ACT like children?

    • @kimkiminy – “If government treats people like children, then why is government so surprised when people ACT like children?” It’s not. Certain governments want and design it that way. No surprise. All part of the master plan.

  4. Socialism never makes sense; it is always illogical, controlling and keen on treating individuals like children. That is the nature of the beast. If something isn’t done in the next (2012) election, America is securely on its way to becoming the next Great Britain, so if you think it’s paternalistic now, just wait, it might get a helluva lot worse. Or not.

  5. Freedom Smith says:

    I agree about the beer thing. Silly for the state or even the particular county to decide when you can and cannot buy beer. A few years ago, without much publicity at all, someone challenged what we call the “blue laws,” (which are about alcohol and store openings on Sundays) and the laws were changed, just like that. Amazing. No one cared to fight such an ancient law.

  6. jaklumen says:

    What struck me about this is that the people who bemoan the “nanny” state and the outlays of government cash for food, housing, or transportation of the poor are almost certainly the same ones that thought this law would be a good idea.

    They bemoan it for themselves, but those of us who ARE poor, yep, they preach and lecture all day long. You know of course they whine about entitlements but see nothing wrong with free, unsolicited advice.

    Ideologues make me sick, left AND right. The lefties give me pity parties I don’t want and castigate me for my values; the righties chide me and castigate me for lack of my values. Blah blah blah blah blah (my complains go on) and of course at times I want them to literally fuck themselves and you can quote me on that.

    • Doug says:

      I believe this particular blue law originated to encourage people to go to church on Sunday morning. A good impulse, badly executed. But ye are correct, do-gooders generally speak too much.

  7. All the more reason to shout it to the heavens! America was not borne of socialism but freedom.

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