Nanny State on Townhall

Katie Pavlich - Thu Feb 14

Bob Barr - Wed Jan 16

New York’s penal code makes it a felony to practice medicine without a license. I suspect, however, that one potential defendant who is proposing to do just that, will escape prosecution. Meet “Mayor Bloomberg, M.D.” ... more

Douglas MacKinnon - Wed Jan 16

If my email in-box is any indication, the Obama White House and its allies may have bitten off much more than they can chew as they look to weaken or abolish the Second Amendment to the Constitution and our right to bear arms. ... more

Bill O'Reilly - Sat Jan 12

If you see Kris Kristofferson around, please tell him thanks for writing the line "freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose" in his song "Me and Bobby McGee." That thought is sage and very appropriate for America in the year 2013. ... more

Bob Barr - Tue Dec 11

The Nanny State is crawling under the hood of your car. The Obama Administration has recently approved a request by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requiring auto manufacturers to install “Event Data Recorders” (EDRs) -- commonly referred to as “black boxes” -- on every new car sold in the United States starting September 2014. ... more

Kurt Schlichter - Mon Oct 22

As the Golden State continues to transition into Greece-on-the-Pacific, this election year should have been an opportunity for its citizens to try to stop the madness. But it hasn’t worked out that way. Instead, this year Californians have embraced the model of Kevin Bacon in Animal House, figuratively assuming the position and repeating “Thank you, sir, may I have another?” ... more

Dan Holler - Mon Sep 24

All the pundits and self-described strategists weighing in on Mitt Romney’s 47-percent comments are missing the point. Indeed, most are so immersed in Washington’s corrupting culture that they cannot imagine a political system that creates anything other than ever-increasing government dependence. No one likes to admit it, but most career politicians want you to be dependent upon government. ... more

Katie Pavlich - Tue Sep 18

Phyllis Schlafly - Tue May 29

What is it about bureaucrats and school personnel that they want to pry into the personal life and habits of American citizens of every age? ... more

Ken Connor - Wed May 23

Most people are familiar with the old adage that says "the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world." Originally the refrain of a poem honoring motherhood, today this phrase is perhaps more applicable to the omnipresent hand of the modern nanny state. Think of the Obama campaign's cradle-to-grave welfare avatar "Julia" and you get an idea of just how pervasive the idea of government involvement in virtually every aspect of life has become. ... more

Debra J. Saunders - Sun May 20

The Federal Trade Commission announced Wednesday that Skechers USA Inc. will pay $40 million to settle charges that the shoe company made "unfounded claims" about its Shape-ups. ... more

Chuck Norris - Tue May 15

With Mother's Day right at our back, I want to address one of the most extreme overreaches by the federal government into American homes that I've seen in a long time. Then I want to call on my own 91-year-old mother, who was raised in rural Oklahoma and worked in cotton fields with her family during the Great Depression, to help set straight the rural farm and child labor record. ... more

Debra J. Saunders - Sun Apr 22

The American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and American Lung Association wrote Proposition 29, the measure on the June 5 ballot in California to increase the state's cigarette tax by $1, to $1.87 per pack. ... more

Helen Whalen Cohen - Sun Apr 1

Julie Gunlock - Tue Mar 27

When soft drinks were invented in the late 18th century, they were sold mainly in pharmacies and used for their “medicinal qualities,” which were thought to treat everything from stomach ailments to headaches and even impotence. How times have changed. ... more

Walter E. Williams - Wed Mar 14

Last month, at a Raeford, N.C., elementary school, a teacher confiscated the lunch of a 5-year-old girl because it didn't meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines and therefore was deemed nonnutritious. She replaced it with school cafeteria chicken nuggets. ... more

John Stossel - Wed Mar 14

"If you have 10,000 regulations," Winston Churchill said, "you destroy all respect for law." ... more

John Hawkins - Tue Mar 13

Jonah Goldberg - Fri Mar 9

There's a great scene in the movie "The Right Stuff" where the original Mercury astronauts are checking out the capsule for their first trips to space. They're horrified to discover that the German scientists in charge of the program see the astronauts as nothing more than living props. ... more

Armstrong Williams - Tue Feb 28

I stand for some pretty radical principles—that is, they’re radical by the standards of our time. ... more