In one of my favorite sci-fi TV series, Babylon 5, there is a group of humans with psychic powers called the Psi-Corps. Their slogan is “The Corps is Mother, The Corps is Father.” Today’s leftist Democrats could modify that slightly to, “The State Is Mother, The State is Father.”
From San Francisco’s Happy Meal ban to NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on large soft drinks, from low-flow toilets to CFL bulbs, and most especially with ObamaCare, it’s clear that the left sees the state as a parent, and a lot of citizens as children.
It’s not hard to see why, if you understand the concept of “confirmation bias.” Essentially, confirmation bias is the natural tendency to put more faith in stories, studies, or articles that agree with your already-existing beliefs, and to discount those that don’t. Everyone suffers to it from a degree, but you can learn to put that aside if you try hard enough.
In the case of modern leftists, however, confirmation bias leads them to believe that they are far smarter than non-leftists. Witness, for a recent example, all the people fawning over Obama as the smartest president in the history of everything, despite his obvious difficulty with remembering simple facts when they’re not in front of him on the teleprompter. (Or even when they are… remember corpse-man?)
The reverse of this is also true. Modern leftists simply do not believe that non-leftists are smart enough to make choices for themselves. Thus, if we are ever to achieve the worldly utopia that most leftists yearn for, we must simply keep certain choices from the stupid non-leftists, in their view.
Hence, you’re not able to buy anything except low-flow toilets now. You’re going to have to search high and low to find anything except a compact fluorescent light bulb. In San Francisco, you’re going to pay extra to get a toy with your Happy Meal, because of the way the law was written. In New York City, if Mayor Bloomberg has his way, you can get two 16-ounce sodas, but not one 32-ounce, unless you go to a grocery store, which should make 7-Eleven very happy. And thanks to ObamaCare, young single men are required to purchase health insurance coverage with maternity benefits that they’ll never use themselves, because leftist bureaucrats decided it was important enough to be part of the mandatory minimum benefit package.
What is lost in each of these stories is our freedom, the freedom our Founding Fathers put their lives on the line to obtain, and that generations of our armed forces and police have and continue to put their lives on the line to hold on to. The freedom to buy the toilet, light bulb, kid’s meal, soda, or health insurance of your choice, based on your own preferences, needs, budget, and other specifics of your situation. No leftist bureaucrat can take all of that into consideration as well as you can, but they don’t care. In order to obtain utopia, the non-leftists must have their choices restricted.
To a leftist, utopia — specifically, their vision of an earthly utopia — is more important than individual choice, because choice means that non-leftists might choose something that the leftist considers bad. Either it’s not a green enough choice, or it’s not progressive enough, or for some other reason it’s just not acceptable to the leftist; therefore it must not be allowed.
The leftist utopia would probably resemble the world of George Orwell’s 1984: monitors everywhere, with the slightest deviation from approved thought quickly punished. Each choice they ban leads them one step closer to that utopia, where everyone will chant in unison, “The State Is Mother, The State Is Father.”