As a pretext for protecting children from injury, the insidiously encroaching New York bureaucrats have identified new hazards that demand government intervention and protection and suppression. On today’s American Thinker blog, www.americanthinker.com Rick Moran posted an article titled: New York State Bureaucrats Decree and End to Kickball at Summer Camps.
I’m not exactly sure what they’re trying to prove by banning several popular kids games at summer camp except that maybe the bureaucrats were always picked last when teams were selected.
State bureaucrats have identified a potentially deadly hazard facing our children this summer – freeze tag.
That’s right, officials have decided the age-old street game – along with Wiffle Ball, kickball and dodgeball – poses a “significant risk of injury.”
And classics like Capture the Flag, Steal the Bacon and Red Rover are also deemed dangerous in new state regulations for day camps.
Ah…so that’s it. It’s not revenge for kids being mean to them; it’s the oldest reason why government does anything – control. Anyone or anything that tries to escape the watchful eye of bureaucrats must be dealt with harshly. And if kids suffer along the way, well, that’s just part of the process.
I think of Dennis Prager’s comment, the bigger the government, the smaller the individual. In the name of controlling risk and injury, the government makes life joyless and less fun and antiseptic. Tyranny is always initially soft—it encroaches like a patronizing uncle, depriving one of liberty little by little, always in the name of doing good. When legitimacy of state action is based on safety, then government has no limitations.
Children are made brittle and scared and lacking in confidence. Those are the citizens the modern state values. And children suffer. And there is never an end point.