Robodude, I’ll let you know where I stand, first. I’m a bleeding-heart federalist. While I agree with many republican and libertarian viewpoints, I like the government.
I like having really nice roads to drive on. I like support of the Arts. I like knowing that my country won’t be invaded. I like walking down the street without fear.
And I like government intervention in things like sealtbelts, helmets, underage drinking and tobacco use, and DUI.
“But why?” the Libertarians whine. “They’re only hurting themselves!”
Not every dumbfuck Harley rider who bails at 60 without a helmet dies. No, some of them survive. Paraplegic, quadraplegic, full-bore veggie . . . dammit, that’s no longer his problem. It’s now mine. And yours, and Zeb’s and JBenz’s and Puffington’s. Either he has insurance, in which case my rates go up fractionally to pay for his treatment, or he doesn’t, in which case the hospital has to treat him any way (fucking Hippocrates) and my hospital rates go up.
Now granted, the term “family values” is bullshit sound-bite fodder. It’s entirely meaningless as it’s used, except for some small amount of political capital.
But I defy you to claim that parenting in this country has not gone absolutely to shit.
“But Andros, that’s not myyyy problem.”
Wrong. It is your problem. Because it’ll be your kids getting shot in school by a morally devoid Kip Kinkel, it’ll be you getting mugged for Pokemon money (true story), it’ll be you footing the bill for darling Dakotah to have the bullet removed from her head, it’ll be you desperate to hire employees with something more than a fifth grade reading level, it will be you crying about your taxes when we need new prisons and jails to keep the little beauties off the streets, it’ll be your wife and kid killed by the 18 year old DUI who then walks scott free because “it wasn’t his fault” (also true).
It’ll be you paying through the nose. And paying and paying.
Therefore, it is in my best interests to support good parenting in this country and around the world. And the only way I can encourage parental and individual responsibility on a large scale is through the government.
I have no trouble letting stupid people kill themselves off. As Niven claimes, it’s “evolution in action.” But despite some libertarian’s wishes, none of us lives in a vaccuum. Everybody in my country affects me, however indirectly. As much as it might pain me, I have a selfish obligation to protect the stupid from themselves, because it’s also protecting myself from the consequences of their stupid acts.