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Article posted Jun 01 2012, 10:38 AM Category: Commentary Source: The Economic Collapse Print

18 Examples Of The Nanny State Gone Wild

by Michael Snyder

America has been overrun by control freaks.  Once upon a time the United States was considered to be "the land of the free and the home of the brave", but today there are millions of laws, rules and regulations that tightly regulate our daily lives.  Most of these laws, rules and regulations were established by people who believed that they had "good intentions", but at this point the nanny state has become so oppressive that it is strangling the life out of us.  If you look back throughout history, the societies that have really thrived have had a very high degree of liberty and freedom.  When the bureaucrats get the upper hand, it can suck the life out of any economy.  Unfortunately, our political system seems to be a magnet for control freaks.  These control freaks truly believe that they know better than the rest of us and they are systematically moving toward taking total control of our lives.  Our rights are being stripped away a little bit more with each passing day, and we are being told that we need a "permit" or a "license" for almost everything.  Many younger Americans have been living this kind of "straight jacket existence" for so long that they don't even remember what real liberty and freedom are.  We are steamrolling down the road toward totalitarianism, and most Americans don't even realize what is happening.

Sadly, there are many Americans that actually agree that the state should regulate nearly every detail of our lives.  There are many Americans that actually believe that life is better when there are millions of rules that we all have to follow.  There are many Americans that actually believe that too much liberty and freedom is a bad thing.

If we are not careful the control freaks are going to destroy this nation.  They always tell us that the rules that they are imposing upon us are "for our own good", but every time they lay another burden on our backs they just suck a little bit more life out of us all.

The following are 18 examples of the nanny state gone wild....

#1 New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that he wants to ban the sale of all large sodas and sugary drinks in order to fight obesity.  Personally I don't have any sodas in my refrigerator, but I certainly do not want the government telling me that I am banned from drinking large sodas.  Every American should have the freedom to decide if they want to drink soda or not.

#2 In North Carolina, authorities are threatening to send a blogger to prison for blogging about his battle against diabetes....
Steve Cooksey has learned that the definition, at least in the eyes of the state board, is expansive.

When he was hospitalized with diabetes in February 2009, he decided to avoid the fate of his grandmother, who eventually died of the disease. He embraced the low-carb, high-protein Paleo diet, also known as the "caveman" or "hunter-gatherer" diet. The diet, he said, made him drug- and insulin-free within 30 days. By May of that year, he had lost 45 pounds and decided to start a blog about his success.

But this past January the state diatetics and nutrition board decided Cooksey's blog -- -- violated state law. The nutritional advice Cooksey provides on the site amounts to "practicing nutrition," the board's director says, and in North Carolina that's something you need a license to do.
#3 In San Francisco, if you do not recycle your trash correctly you can be fined up to $500.

#4 The following are just some of the cities that have started using RFID tracking chips to monitor the recycling habits of their citizens....

*Cleveland, Ohio

*Charlotte, North Carolina

*Alexandria, Virginia

*Boise, Idaho

*Dayton, Ohio

*Flint, Michigan

#5 In Minnetonka, Minnesota you can be fined up to $2,000 for having a muddy vehicle.

#6 In Hazelwood, Missouri it is against the law for little girls to sell girl scout cookies in front of their own homes.

#7 San Francisco has implemented a ban on Happy Meal toys.

#8 Over the past couple of years there have been quite a few instances all over the country where lemonade stands run by children have been shut down by police because the children had not acquired the proper permits.

#9 State legislatures all over the country have been passing legislation making it more difficult for parents to opt out of having their children vaccinated.

#10 In many U.S. states is it now illegal to collect any rain that falls on to your own property.

#11 In San Juan Capistrano, California it is against the law to hold a home Bible study without a "conditional use permit".

#12 In New York City, it is against the law to smoke at public parks and beaches.

#13 In California,"food confiscation teams" visit the homes of people that have been discovered to have purchased raw milk.  The following is from a recent Natural News article....
In a bombshell revelation of the depth of the food police state that now exists in LA County, California, NaturalNews has learned that the LA County health department has unleashed door-to-door raw milk confiscation teams to threaten and intimidate raw dairy customers into surrendering raw milk products they legally purchased and own.

According to Mark McAfee (see quotes below), both LA County and San Diego county have attempted to acquire customer names and addresses from Organic Pastures ( for the sole purpose of sending "food confiscation teams" to customers' homes to remove the raw milk from customers' refrigerators. Using both phone calls and home visits, these teams intimidate customers and try to force them to give up their milk.
#14 In Hilton Head, South Carolina it is illegal to have trash in your car.

#15 In major cities all over the United States feeding the homeless has been banned due to "health reasons".

#16 In Louisiana, one church was ordered to stop passing out water because it did not have the proper permit.

#17 At public schools all over the United States, the lunches that little children bring from home are now inspected to make sure that they meet USDA guidelines.  The following is one recent report of this phenomenon from North Carolina....
A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because the school told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious.

The girl's turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the person who was inspecting all lunch boxes in the More at Four classroom that day.

The Division of Child Development and Early Education at the Department of Health and Human Services requires all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs -- including in-home day care centers -- to meet USDA guidelines. That means lunches must consist of one serving of meat, one serving of milk, one serving of grain, and two servings of fruit or vegetables, even if the lunches are brought from home.
#18 Today, a vast array of government agencies is constantly monitoring what all of us say and do on the Internet.  They claim that this helps makes us all more "safe" and "secure".

In order to maintain proper "control" over our lives, the nanny state is obsessed with watching us and monitoring us.  This point was beautifully made in a recent article by Chuck Baldwin....
America is no longer "one nation under God." Today, America is "one nation under surveillance." Cameras monitoring our every movement, satellites taking pictures of our homes, listening devices being used to record our conversations, hi-tech computers capturing virtually every piece of correspondence, banking institutions forwarding our private financial records to Big Brother, and now armed drones flying over the neighborhoods of the American citizenry all reveal that America is anything but the "land of the free."
Is this really how we want to live?

Do we want our children and our grandchildren to live their lives in a nation that is increasingly coming to resemble totalitarian regimes like North Korea?

Yes, every society needs laws.

But we don't need millions of them.

Our founders intended to create a society where liberty and freedom would be maximized, and all of that liberty and freedom helped create an environment that gave birth to the greatest economic machine that the world has ever seen.

But now the control freaks are choking the life out of our society.  Please take a stand against them while you still can.

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Nathan Good

Posted: Jun 01 2012, 7:29 PM

64130 Those that think up and pass such arcane laws, are in my opinion communists who have infiltrated America and do al possible to destroy from within...Hope I never see one face to face..
And I always said, I was born 150 years too late..

Posted: Jun 01 2012, 7:36 PM

198237 I agree. If only I could go back to 1950 when I was born....
Ronald R Johnson

Posted: Jun 01 2012, 11:31 PM

764 America is slowly taking away all of American's freedom! Why do we let Idiots who work for us Screw us Over. We need some rules, but not nearly as many as we have, nor as many that are in the works somewhere! We are more like North Korea,Cuba or Iran, why are we giving up so much freedom.
Many of our laws are only to produce revenue because they are running out of new taxes! Red light camera's are not for saving lives,they are only to make money and many times charge the wrong person. In America it has almost gotten to the place GUILTY until You can Prove beyond Any doubt that you are innocent and if you are not super rich ( times out of 10 you will be found Guilty!] Is that the way America is suppose to be? Media many times convict people before they even get to court and many state attorneys also dirty under handed ways and tainted evidence to convict people and many times by out right lying by them and police and jail guards! Media should not be allowed to say anything but name,charge and date till case is over! Why don't more American's want and demand their freedom BACK???? If you are not real rich you may soon loose all your freedom!
Ronald R Johnson

Posted: Jun 01 2012, 11:46 PM

764 Another thought, Muslims, illegals, Homosexuals all have more freedom than honest,Straight American's born in the U S A! Homosexuals have special laws passed just for them,so why can't Straight American's have special laws passed for us! Muslims and the Illegals are treated better and given more special treatments than natural Born American's! Why?
Obama,Biden,Holder,Hillery,Pelosie,Reid,Waters,Frank,Jackson Jr.,Wilson
and any open Homosexuals, Muslims and anyone in Government who wants things to be as they were in his family's country!

Posted: Jun 02 2012, 9:04 AM

67187 At present our only hope for the future is to vote our current political leaders totally out of government. Before we do that however, we need a serious implementation of prayer. After voting, we need to continue that prayer vigil.
Yes, things are appearing to be very communistic. Still we need remember Who is in control. Those who are creating this chaos will pay more dearly as they begin their eternity. God does intend to let His people be mistreated. He will handle it. Call me a Jesus freak if you will, I know who holds the future.
Ray Nanney

Posted: Jun 02 2012, 9:07 AM

67187 Submitor of previous comment on prayer.

Posted: Jun 02 2012, 10:53 AM

64183 Notice none of this nonsense is coming out of Texas! Sad nonetheless though.
Can we wake up B 4 2 late?

Posted: Jun 02 2012, 12:07 PM

72135 I think its funny when I hear liberals whine about religious type folks ruining and screwing up our lives. I don't remember religious people making too many laws preventing us from doing anything.

Posted: Jun 02 2012, 12:14 PM

75166 Re: #17: "turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines. . ." I would have asked any of those goon squad wannabes if they've ever eaten the above. When they respond with a yes, I would have said, then why are you forbidding by daughter from eating the same thing you yourselves have eaten.

Such hypocrites. Of course, what the girl brought from home is in fact nutritious. It's just the 'nanny state' lording over all of us. So many communists, so little time!

Posted: Jun 02 2012, 1:33 PM

64251 This article barely scratches the surface of the encroaching bureaucracy story. The 'controllers' indoctrinate the public with all sorts of 'studies' telling them of the health risks of whatever thing they wish to attack. The public just accepts the conclusions of the study as announced in some 10 second blurb on TV or radio without even thinking about them, much less reading the full report or questioning the grounds for such conclusions. Suddenly, like Al Gore's global warming theory, all the science is in and there's no reason for further debate or study. Next, some local councilman teams up with a local physician and another proposed ordinance to cure all ills is suddenly born. If it doesn't look like the ordinance will pass in the town council meeting, they decide to study it further until the next meeting when it will likely have a better chance of passage. A month later, the ordinance passes-- big surprise.

Soon, another city council repeats the process, and it becomes common throughout the state and nation. The idea is to pick an easy target-- smoking, for example. How do you defend the fact that, despite the common knowledge of its ill effects on your health, you happen to like to smoke? You look like a fool trying to defend it in the face of sooo many scientific studies, so few are willing to publicly defend it. Those who want what they want and refuse to be made the least bit uncomfortable by anybody else's proclivities, demand that it be banned. At first, it is just in restaurants, but gradually, we learn that someone smoking in a public park is a terrible risk to the health of someone else who might get a whiff of smoke while walking fifty feet away! What total nonsense! And, yet, we suddenly have a new ordinance prohibiting smoking in ANY public place because it MIGHT make some control freak a little bit uncomfortable. Well, everybody knows smoking is bad for your health anyway. Now, those giant sized sodas HAVE to be making you fat and giving you diabetes... What, you thought it was just going to be smokers who were going to be attacked??? Were you REALLY going to eat all of that Big Mac sandwich? Did you know that the carton that sandwich comes in is styrofoam and it's destroying the earth? Oh, and that paper sack-- do you know that millions of trees could be saved if we quit using paper sacks? What about the DOLPHINS??? Those plastic grocery bags are KILLING dolphins-- did you know that? Are you aware of the fact that by hiking through this wilderness area you may be destroying the habitat of this lizard and causing it to become extinct?

How far should we go with this nonsense? What needs to be controlled here are the control freaks can't stand the least discomfort, are totally intolerant of other people, and who think that all the risk can be removed from this world if only we can pass more laws and grow government just a little bit bigger. Scratch your butt? Oh, you need a permit for that; it only costs $5.00 for a ten minute permit, but you'll first need to attend class and become a certified safe butt scratcher. Uh, yeah, you will have to attend continuing education classes for that at least once a year!

Posted: Jun 04 2012, 7:22 PM

69253 I am from the communist country of China. Both the article and the followed comments are all so well put. That is exactly what takes place everyday in China. There is still a big difference between Nanny America and Nanny China. In China, where communist police are everywhere, we would end up in jail if we complain the government over-regulates, while you can still condemn the stupid bureaucrats. But how long can you keep this limited freedom now after you are one nation under surveillance?

Posted: Jun 05 2012, 3:44 AM

6433 I always tell people to stop voting because it only sanctions the relentless assault on our liberties. "Participating" in the political process is a farce used to keep us in chains.

Posted: Jun 08 2012, 12:44 AM


Posted: Jun 10 2012, 3:09 AM

1740 So, when's that national 8:00 PM mandatory curfew going to be taking place? I bet it's right around the corner from the state things are today. These laws are goddamned ridiculous and I fear for the future of the world at this rate. Today, it's Happy Meal toys. Tomorrow, it'll be many genres of video games and other various forms of entertainment. Beyond that would likely be music and artwork. You like listening to Dubstep? Well, you've got no choice but to like it now! Say hello to the future, people! Government's winning.
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