The Nanny State

by Sal on February 7, 2007

in Culture,Politics,Pop Culture

Now that the left has banned cell phone usage in cars, and trans-fats from being used in restaurant food in New York, a liberal State Senator in New York is proposing a ban on crossing the street while listening to an iPod.  It would also ban the use of cell phones, blackberry’s or any other electronic devices in the same circumstances.  Those of you who know New York City, know that you can’t go more than 100 feet without crossing the street, so this would effectively ban the use of iPods while walking around the city. 

The left will not stop until every potential hazard is banned.  Soon, eating while walking (another NYC staple) or talking to a fellow pedestrian will be banned as well.  The above proposal is a classic example of the left over-reacting to a few tragedies.  In this particular State Senator’s district, two people were recently killed because they weren’t paying attention while crossing the street.  These deaths, while tragic, are avoidable by following a simple rule — pay attention to traffic.  Just because you wear an iPod, you it doesn’t mean you can’t avoid oncoming cars.  It’s not like it’s a blindfold.  Whether or not this measure passes, the liberal nanny-state will continue to chip away at our freedoms in the name of public safety. 

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Mike February 7, 2007 at 1:32 pm

This is exactly the kind of thing conservatives should universally and vocally oppose. Sadly, many are either silent or actually agree with this nonsense. The libertarians are more and more attractive to me every time I hear about a proposal like this one. If only they would protect the unborn.

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Chris February 7, 2007 at 11:05 pm

This ridiculous law is just another example of the nanny state mentality of the libs gone mad. This law, as most laws that liberals propose, follows along the belief of two things:

1) The American people as a whole are stupid and need the really smart government to tell them what to do.

2) The American people have no common sense so they need the government to act as their kindergarten teachers.

The “iPod law” is a waste of time and an insult to my intelligence. Instead of taking the time and taxpayer dollars to write this stupid law, or even talk about it, I have these 6 words for NY or any others that would have to live under this: LOOK BOTH WAYS BEFORE YOU CROSS!!!!

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Mike February 8, 2007 at 12:08 am

“LOOK BOTH WAYS BEFORE YOU CROSSS!!!!” I’d like to point out that doing so is incredibly easy, even with an iPod.

This would be insulting even if those who proposed such laws were smarter than the American people. It’s even worse when you realize that the people proposing such laws are really less intelligent than the population at large.

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Mike February 8, 2007 at 12:08 am

Oh, by the way Chris, notice how YOUR comments show up on OUR website. lol.

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rightonoz February 8, 2007 at 12:19 am

I’ll agree the iPod law would be totally stupid if ever enacted.

I do support banning the use of phones in car UNLESS ON HANDS FREE. Holding a phone and talking gives the same level of driving impairment as being over the legal drink limit. (Australian, New Zealand and German studies).

There is some evidence that even on hands free there is significant impairment of concentration.

I don’t agree with nanny laws but do agree with those designed to protect the majority of people from uneccesary risk such as drink driving etc.

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