Piers Morgan, in an interview on his show recently in disagreement with a guest, said that we do occasionally need the Nanny State. I AGREE with him.
PIERS MORGAN: "I disagree with you. I think people need them occasionally, particularly on issues like smoking, drinking, guzzling sodas too big for them, you know, eating 16 Big Macs a day, whatever it may be, the reality is we all need a bit of nannying about that. That's why so many people are on diets. That's a form of nanny state."
When people have cast off all restraint and when there is no more self-control and they live however they please, yes, the result is that the government takes authoritarian measures to control the population. When we cannot control ourselves and act like children, a Nanny is brought in to control us. That is the way that things work. The promise of the Social Revolutions of the late 1960's was that we would be liberated to do as we please. Like every Utopian vision that has ever existed, the sad fact of human nature was ignored. This fact is that we are all sinful and that we, when given a chance, will act upon our sinful desires bringing disintegration and destruction upon ourselves. The Liberation movements promised us freedom, but instead, we find that we are out of control and need to be reigned in by a "higher power."
America ran away from God because we wanted to do as we pleased and we believed the promise that life would be better apart from the controls of religion and tradition. We did not want God's commands or guidance any longer. So, we killed Him, as Nietzsche said. Now, we have shelved faith and guidance. Sure, individuals still believe - but I am talking about the larger culture.
What our second president, John Adams, proclaimed in the 1798 has come true:
"While our country remains untainted with the principles and manners which are now producing desolation in so many parts of the world; while she continues sincere, and incapable of insidious and impious policy, we shall have the strongest reason to rejoice in the local destination assigned us by Providence. But should the people of America once become capable of that deep simulation towards one another, and towards foreign nations, which assumes the language of justice and moderation, while it is practising iniquity and extravagance, and displays in the most captivating manner the charming pictures of candour, frankness, and sincerity, while it is rioting in rapine and insolence, this country will be the most miserable habitation in the world. Because we have no government, armed with power, capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge and licentiousness would break the strongest cords of our Constitution, as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. Oaths in this country are as yet universally considered as sacred obligations. That which you have taken, and so solemnly repeated on that venerable ground, is an ample pledge of your sincerity and devotion to your country and its government."
So, here we are. We have cast off restraint so we could pursue "freedom." And, the result is that we have lost our freedom and we need the government to come in and tell us what size soft drink we can buy - and a host of other things.
We were promised freedom and are receiving slavery. Sounds like Romans 6.
Again, the Bible is proven true.