THERE IS AN EPIDEMIC OF FYOGISM (FOR YOUR OWN GOOD-ISM)
Former New York Mayor and Presidential candidate, Michael Bloomberg recently held a Town Hall meeting in the Denver Metro area, but the town wasn’t invited.
Among his proposals that emerged from the soundbites and photo ops was another ban on “assault style weapons” and the removal of immunity for gun makers and dealers in civil lawsuits. Bloomberg also wants to enact a federal version of “Red Flag” Gun laws.
This is hardly surprising since he has already spent a considerable amount from his vast 54 billion dollar fortune to twist the arms of state legislators around the country to impose numerous gun control laws regardless of what residents of those states might want. Never mind that he has never lived in any of those states or paid taxes in them.
When it comes to government regulations, gun control, and growing the power and scope of government, there is never a point at which Liberals or Leftists say, “Okay, that’s enough. We’re done now.”
Bloomberg for example, seems to fancy himself something of a helicopter parent for the country. He wants to protect us from a changing and growing list of perceived dangers such as sugary sodas, loud ear buds and salt.
Leftist ideology typifies the kind of narcissistic, dictatorial parents that send many adults into therapy for twenty years. Such parents tend to discourage their kids from growing up and making their own choices and mistakes. This behavior feeds their own needs, not the needs of their children.
The desire to use one’s power and resources to treat adults like children and keep them dependent is not that much different, and it is anything but generous or altruistic.
There is an epidemic of FYOGism (For your own good-ism) that is being fueled by a Left that has de-educated the young in the principles of Liberty, individual freedom, and personal responsibility on which our country was proudly founded.
Without these cornerstones, people can be easily swayed to vote for people who push policies that infringe on their neighbor’s freedoms. They don’t understand that soon, the loosening of these boundaries will infringe on their own freedoms as well.
Republicans have the moral high ground on this and a host of other issues, but they have been too afraid and ill-prepared to claim it and adequately explain it. Genuine altruism and love for one’s fellow man requires restraint from using one’s own power to control them. It requires respect for their choices even when one heartily disagrees.
Maybe that’s why it’s so important to be reminded that whatever you conceive God to be, our rights come from God and not from men. God gave us free will but a man who thinks he’s God never does.
Funny, feisty but fair, Karen Kataline is a commentator, columnist & talk show host. She holds a Master’s Degree from Columbia University and is a frequent guest host on AM Talk Radio.
Kataline is the producer and host of Spouting Off, a live, Internet call-in talk show covering politics, pop culture and social psychology. Because she was in the professional theater, she brings her unique understanding of political theater to her commentaries. She has a very active blog and her Op Eds can be seen online at Fox News, Investor’s Business Daily, Western Journal, Town Hall, The Daily Caller, FrontPage Mag, and The American Thinker.
A proud Colorado native, her first career as an actress/singer took her on tour around the country and to New York City, where she eventually discovered that she preferred expressing herself in her own words rather than memorizing somebody else’s. She still lends her operatic voice to fundraisers and community events. She has sung the National Anthem and God Bless America in numerous venues from State Legislatures to the New Jersey Nets.
Ms. Kataline has practiced as a clinician and consultant in the mental health field. Her expertise has earned her consulting contracts with physicians’ groups, nursing organizations and home health care companies. She has been a corporate trainer for business executives and an adjunct professor in communications and public speaking for institutions like the New School for Social Research and Parsons School of Design in New York and New Jersey’s Montclair State College and Fairleigh Dickenson University.
She is the author of an award-winning memoir, FATLASH! Food Police & the Fear of Thin, a personal account and analysis of her experience with child beauty pageants & food restriction. Her book was the first to introduce the term “Princess by Proxy” and remains relevant as a cautionary tale about blurred boundaries and the sexualization of children.)
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