Ben Shapiro
The first object of government, wrote James Madison in Federalist Paper No. 10, was to protect the American people from deep turkey fryers. Oh, wait. That was Janet Napolitano, who this week had her Department of Homeland Security release a two-minute video highlighting the incredible danger to Homeland Security posed by these kettles of horror. "We recently tested several models of deep fat turkey fryers," a bureaucratic-looking fellow wearing a hardhat tells the camera, "and find that this method of cooking can be very hazardous." A man-made disaster, if you will.

Undoubtedly, the American people must be protected from the scourge of misused turkey fryers. If we burn ourselves on Thanksgiving dinner, the terrorists will have won.

A people that believes its government's duties include warning them not to burn themselves on the fryer is a people that has lost the will to survive. We are now plagued with government-induced Perpetual Toddler Syndrome, in which we expect the government to protect us from ourselves. That's why the so-called Super Committee couldn't find $1.2 trillion in cuts over the next 10 years, despite the fact that in that same period, we will rack up another $10 trillion in additional debt. Babies are expensive. And today, we are all children.

Who, then, are the parents? The federal government, of course. Who should feed us? The feds. Clothe us? The feds. House us? The feds. Take care of our healthcare? The feds. As columnist Mark Steyn pointed out, it's no wonder that U.S. Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, D-Conn., has proposed the Diaper Investment and Aid to Promote Economic Recovery (DIAPER) Act, which funnels federal cash to subsidize diaper buying for poor families. Now provided with the security of diapers, the American people can now feel free to fiscally crap themselves -- and we are. Undoubtedly, the feds will soon create a blue-ribbon commission designed to hire posterior-wipers in order to stimulate the baby wipes industry. In fact, we could call it the WIPER Act: the Whining Imbeciles Petitioning for Endless Rewards Act.

There's only one problem with being a toddler: You are controlled from above. With endless bottom wiping, comes restrictions on everything from diet to education, from playtime to naptime. And that's precisely where we're headed. If we're good -- if we appease Mommy and Daddy Government -- we get limited liberties, such as Obamacare waivers. If we're bad -- if we insist, as Wall Street did, that we remain in charge of investment strategy -- we are grounded. The tyranny of paternalism is tyranny nonetheless.

Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro is an attorney, a writer and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center. He is editor-at-large of Breitbart and author of the best-selling book "Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV."
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