Big brother needs to step back
When are our governments going to stop trying to save everybody from themselves and violating our hardfought freedoms and liberties with intrusive legislation under the guise of safety?
A few weeks ago, I read about the nanny state’s latest social engineering initiative: Operation Headway. On a perfectly normal sunny late September day, law enforcement officers were out in full force around P.E.I. handing out coupons for free coffee and treats and issuing unnecessary fines to ordinary folks, mainly hardworking, tax-paying adult citizens, whose only crime was to ride their bicycles without wearing protective head gear.
Bicycle helmets, like seatbelts, the ‘experts’ and various special interest groups repeatedly tell us, should be made mandatory because they save lives and therefore cut down on the costs of Canada’s failed socialized health-care system.
Using that logic, the almighty state should go ahead and regulate all physical activities as well as monitor what people eat in order to ensure that taxpayers never have to foot the bill for a decision made by an individual who was exercising his/her freedom to choose. Perhaps it’s time to look at alternatives to our current medical system so that those who choose to partake in activities of their choice can purchase private insurance.
This way, it’ll be harder for governments to treat responsible adults like wards of the state. On the subject of bicycle helmets, sure, they’re a good idea, but that doesn’t mean we should legislate them. The harsh reality is, in Canada, rates of obesity, heart disease and diabetes, particularly among children and youth, are higher than they’ve ever been. The last thing we need are governments, which should be focusing on more important issues, harassing people who are exercising and, in the long run, actually saving the taxpayers money.
Studies from New Zealand and some Australian states have shown that mandatory bicycle helmet laws have only discouraged more people from taking up this sport. Some jurisdictions have even repealed these idiotic laws in response to this.
The bottom line is we can’t prevent everything before it happens. To have a truly healthy and happy society, Big Brother has to step back and let people take risks and make their own decisions. Chris McGarry, Belfast