(The American Culture) -- When I first saw the headline last week, “FDA to ban trans fats” I was typically disgusted, as any good conservative should be. What right does the federal government have to tell me what the hell I can eat! I thought indignantly. Nanny state progressivism is getting out of hand. Can’t I decide if I want to eat foods that are allegedly bad for my health? But as I mulled it over during the day some other thoughts began to intrude on my indignation.
Doesn’t government, at every level, tell us what we can and can’t do, ostensibly for our own good, all the time? And do not some of these regulations and laws actually protect us from harm and encourage good? If we allow that some laws and/or regulations are good, which no doubt they are, by what principal do we limit said laws or regulations? Isn’t it really just about drawing lines? Progressives seem to practically want to regulate all of life via government action, whereas some libertarians seem to claim we can live without any government regulation at all.