“We have no government armed in power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.” – John Adams (1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President, October 11th, 1798. Address to the military.
“Supermarkets are driving binge drinking with aggressive pricing and should be banned from selling alcohol” – NZ Hospitality Association. March 7th 2011. Submission on the New Zealand Government’s Alcohol Reform Bill.
Ah well, I guess this is what some would call evidence that over 200 odd years we have progressed. But have we really, when our youth is characterised by a previously unknown fascination with excessive self medication commonly referred to as “binge drinking”? Its a phenomenon that also characterises the modern secular and socialist state the Progressives have built over the last half century. The libertines, who allow so much, but then, when the results of unrestrained indulgence become apparent, prostrate themselves before powerful government, and seek new laws and more police to deal with the outcomes.
Leaving aside the Hospitality Association’s obvious attempt to use the submission process to improve its own commercial position, binge drinking will not be stopped by laws and police. It is a social characteristic bred by poor or absent parenting and the conditions by which a child might grow to adolescence and then to adulthood. How come binge drinking is not a problem that Singapore’s parents have with their children? Our laws are not the problem. We need far fewer laws and regulations, not more. Our people are the problem, and its time we stopped fooling ourselves on that score.