The Slippery Slope
My mother comes from the former East Germany and we still have relatives living there. Before the wall came down my mom made a trip to visit these relatives. Because these people were raised under the communist system their lives were very regimented by the government in terms of their freedom of expression, mobility, religion and even the type of music or radio stations they could listen to in their home. This is just to explain why I have an aversion to any kind of government control on my person and believe strongly in personal responsibility, so hearing this story on the news last night kind of blew me away. How long before our government does the same to us? Where will it end people?
New York City wants to monitor people with diabetes and if their blood sugar is out of line, they will receive a visit from Public Health to berate them on their lifestyle choices! Huh, is that not an invasion of privacy? Is this ethical? I don't know, but I do know that other diseases are not treated this way. Can you imagine someone with Aids, for example, being visited at home by Public Health and asked to discuss their lifestyle choice? They'd never get away with it would they, there's be screaming about discrimination. But people who smoke, drink or happen to be diabetic from maybe eating junk food, allow the government to control them. Where will it end?