“Federal task force wants obese Americans placed into counseling” – RT headline.
People who believe in helping people through government coercion are, whether they know it or not, admit it or not, hatemongers.
They’re simply identifying individuals as nothing more than members of one or another group, defining that group as deserving of their “concern” and then targeting everyone else with the task of “helping” that group via government coercion.
So where is the “concern” for the targeted group, the taxpayers who will be compelled to cough up yet more of their ever-dwindling disposable incomes to fund the Government’s War Against Obese People?
This is what makes the sensitive, caring, loving, tolerant, compassionate, inclusive gang of “social justice” whiners so hypocritical. They’re always about dividing people into opposing groups and then championing one group at the expense of the other.
This is classic groupthink that dates back at least to Karl Marx and his BFFs who inaugurated the class war of workers vs. bosses.
But in forcing government-mandated good deeds on others against their will in the name of “helping” them causes harm in other ways.
Freedom and responsibility are two sides of the same coin. Removing a person’s responsibility for oneself removes that person’s freedom, thereby teaching that person how to be a lifelong dependent of the federal government.
Which, as libertarians know, is ultimately the whole point. Groupthinkers don’t really care about people; they care about creating a coercive statist society.
And of course they’ll argue that by ending the misnomered “obesity epidemic” those much-put-upon taxpayers will benefit in the long run by cutting the extra medical costs since “the US spends an excess of $190 billion a year.” (CBSNews article)
But “the US” spends that amount only because of socialized medicine.
In a free and responsible society nobody would be forced to pay for the consequences of other people’s obesity. Obese people, like every other free and responsible person on the planet, would have the responsibility of confronting and dealing with their own problems.
But what happens if some obese people don’t have the money or the will to lose their weight?
That’s where the truly caring people step up and support them through every kind of non-government organization (NGO) they can think of.
And do it cheaper, better and more sincerely than any groupthink coercive bureaucracy could ever dream of.
Freedom, as always, helps everyone equally.
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