I used to watch this show after school, it was about a horribly stereotypical Jewish woman from Flushing who ended up being The Nanny for 3 children of a rich theater producer. She was not the nanny they expected to get, namely a stodgy politically correct woman who told the two daughters to be ladylike and for the son to buck up and act like a man when he was upset. That was what they had always had before and they never liked them.
Instead they got a nanny that took them to her mother’s canasta games, fed them junk food, and generally treated them like adults. She got herself into all sorts of trouble with Mr. Sheffield, the man of the house, because she didn’t raise his children the way he thought they should be raised, but he never fired her because she was the only nanny who his children had ever loved.
She grew on him and the children, just as she and her extremely nasally voice became iconic for an entire generation.
Now we have a new Nanny and this one is a lot harder to fall in love with, because instead of encouraging us to make our own decisions and be ourselves, this nanny thinks it is their job to police every aspect of our lives, tell us what to eat and what to drink, how to think and how to exercise, because they believe that we are truly too stupid to make those decisions for themselves, or, at least, too stupid to make those decisions the way that they want us to make them.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is the new iconic visage of this nanny state mentality. He wants to police every dietery decisions that you make, from the number of calories and amount of trans fat and sodium you have in your food, to the number of ounces of soda you can order when you go out to dinner.
His latest attempt at this was struck down by a judge in the New York Supreme Court on Monday, March 11th, Judge Martin Tingling called his soda ban “abitrary and capricious” and went on to say that:
“The rule would not only violate the separation of powers doctrine, it would eviscerate it. Such an evisceration has the potential to be more troubling than sugar sweetened drinks.”
Finally a Judge that understands precedent! Hallelujah! Someone actually doing their job and upholding the constitution, I know…it shocked me too.
Nanny Bloomberg seems to be operating under the idea that the people of New York City are his children and that he has a moral imperative to save them from their own bad decisions. First of all, that’s not how raising children works, except in the twisted world of liberal child psychologists. In reality you let your children make mistakes so that they can learn from them. Second of all, no one in New York City, New York state, or in any other other state in America, needs Michael Bloomberg to make decisions for them.
As I’ve said before, the problem here is that government is trying to provide too much for people. Liberals say that they need socialized healthcare, because anything else just isn’t “fair”, but then they realize that if they are spending so much of the taxpayer’s money that they need to reduce costs by forcing people to live a healthy lifestyle.
Therein lies the problem of big government, no matter how good the intent is, it always leads to everyone having less freedom.
In this case the road to hell, and tyranny, really is paved with good intentions.
Would it be nice to have health insurance even when I don’t have a job? Have my college tuition paid for by someone else? Not have to worry about saving for retirement, because the government would cut me a check every month?
Definitely, but none of that is worth losing even a single second of my freedom.
Keep your health insurance, keep your social security, keep your federal subsidization of college. I don’t want it, I just want the freedoms that have been promised me since the constitution was written.
That’s something that people like Piers Morgan, who thinks that everyone needs the nanny state sometimes, and Michael Bloomberg don’t seem to get. I don’t need them to worry about the consequences of my decisions, that is for me to deal with. I don’t ask them for anything and I don’t owe them anything, certainly not obedience to their arbitrary rules that they have devised for “my own good.”
No one likes an overbearing nanny, that’s been well documented in every TV show and movie that had one. The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, The Nanny…every single prior person to fill the position had been terrorized and run off by the children.
Now that I think of it, maybe the political equivalent of a jar of spiders in Bloomberg’s bed would be a good idea.