Has someone discovered some terrible health hazard or other danger from hedges that are too high? Not at all. The politicians who run
Too often these ego trips of the left are called idealism, and issues are discussed in terms of the wonderful goals they proclaim — “social justice,” “open space” or “saving” this or that — rather than in terms of what is actually being done and the costs entailed on others, even when that cost is $2,500 a day.
None of this is peculiar to the
Britons who have held burglars in their homes until the police arrived, by using toy pistols, have been arrested along with the burglars. To the collectivist mindset, independent self-help of any sort is a threat to their vision of the government as the sole source of protection and direction.
If someone attacks you in
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has even advised that you are not to yell “help” when you are attacked in a public place. You are to yell “Call the police.”
Both self-defense and coming to the aid of others are lumped together as “vigilante” actions. That mindset has made inroads into the American media as well.
Years ago, Bernard Goetz was called “the subway vigilante” in the media because he shot some young hoodlums who attacked him directly. He had sat quietly minding his own business while the thugs harassed other people in the same subway car. But even to defend himself was “vigilante” action, as far as those in the liberal media were concerned.
The left takes its vision seriously — more seriously than it takes the rights of other people. They want to be our shepherds. But that requires us to be sheep.
Even in the raising of our own children, the left wants to take charge — without taking responsibility. Schools have long ago taken over the role of introducing children to sex when, how, and with whatever beliefs are in vogue. But, if your child ends up pregnant or stricken with AIDS, that is your problem, not theirs.
In some European countries, it is illegal to spank your own children. They apparently believe, like Hillary Clinton, that “it takes a village” to raise a child. But, if the child ends up rotten, it is not the village that lies awake at night but the parents.
Making other people’s decisions for them without being held accountable for the consequences is the left’s vision in many different contexts — including outsourcing our foreign policy to the United Nations or to the International Court of Justice, whom nobody elected and whom nobody can hold accountable.