Disneyland is hazardous to your health!
Posted by Lissa on September 19, 2012
Well, certainly hazardous to your MENTAL health – ten minutes inside It’s a Small World and I think you’d tell me the recipe to the secret sauce or where the jewels were buried or anything else I want to know – but that’s not what I meant. Look at this pic Mike snapped from his California trip:
Yes, really. They needed a giant sign to tell you not to drink the bleach they use to clean the bathrooms.
Or take this Starbucks sign, also from Cali:
Mark Steyn pointed out recently that a free society is not free when it’s regulated to death:
STEYN: Yeah. I think this is not small stuff. And I think there’s a problem here. Again, there’s a sort of element of delusion on the right about how important this stuff is. Because people do get annoyed about it, but again, it — they don’t — I think a lot of people don’t quite fully understand the implications of it. A society in which you need 500 dollars worth of permits to put a lemonade stand on your lawn is not a free society.
You could have the Second Amendment. I mean, a lot of people when I mentioned — I think it was on Rush I mentioned the lemonade — like, half a dozen lemonade stand stories from around the country. And a couple guys e-mailed me and said oh, this isn’t important stuff, Steyn, you shouldn’t be talking about this. We’ve got the Second Amendment, so nobody’s going to do all the — you know, nobody’s going to come and take away our freedoms.
That’s all very well, but you could — you can easily wind up in a situation where you still have the Second Amendment and every other freedom has been lost. A society in which you cannot legally sell lemonade in your front yard is not a free society. A society — you mentioned the hardware store. A society in which a hardware store in Ventura County, California cannot put out complimentary coffee and donuts for its customers is not a free society.
And at some point people have to get real about this. I think this is the way — this is one of the reasons, by the way, where the sort of codification of the U.S. Constitution actually gets in the way of looking at things clearly. Because clearly what’s happened over the course of the last eighty years is that successive governments at the national level, but also at the state and county level, have ridden a coach and horses through the principles of the U.S. Constitution. But because it’s still there on a piece of paper that some guy put down on parchment with ink and quill feather and it’s actually written down, people still think that it’s there and it’s effective even though eighty years of big government expansion has basically driven a coach and horses through it.
I think those two examples are EXACTLY what he meant.