I am starting to believe that being “governed” means being watched, regulated, controlled and preached at by people who have neither the right nor the wisdom to do so.
My concerns are evidenced by the latest political overreach on the left coast. Apparently, the virtuous city councilors in Los Angeles have solved all of the city’s pressing issues like overspending, immigration, infrastructure and race because now they have harnessed their collective energies and lasered in on attacking the evils of “meat.”
Yes, put down your bacon because the city councilors have triumphantly declared every Monday to be a so-called “meatless Monday,” and they are urging all residents to participate in a weekly day of vegetarianism for health and environmental reasons.
Be encouraged citizens that the ban does not yet allow city officials or law enforcement to rip a double cheeseburger out of the mouth of a hungry Angelino, but the obvious goal is to use political and peer pressure to dictate what people eat.
Now, I realize I am a God-fearing, gun-loving, meat-eating Hoosier and probably have a different perspective from enlightened L.A. politicians, but seriously, shouldn’t government be focusing on issues that governments were created to protect, like the security and safety of its citizens? Let’s try “No Murder Mondays” or “Domestic Violence Free Fridays.”
The government should be like a quiet, nonintrusive night watchman who only takes action when provoked by someone looking to do harm. We should take care that our watchman doesn’t become an all-consuming Richard Simmons-like borg looking to assimilate all it comes into contact with. Lower your bacon – resistance is futile.