A great piece from Gene Healy over at Reason:
You’re not a real president until you fight a metaphorical “war” on a social problem. So, to LBJ’s “War on Poverty” and Reagan’s “War on Drugs,” add Obama’s “War on Fun.”
Poker: Last month, the Department of Justice shut down five major online poker sites, seizing their domain names, issuing arrest warrants for executives and seeking billions of dollars in asset forfeiture. One defendant faces jail time of up to 65 years for helping people play cards over the Internet.
Food: A year ago, Obama’s FDA announced its plan to “adjust the American palate to a less salty diet,” ratcheting down the amount of sodium allowed in processed foods. It’s “a 10-year program,” an agency source said, designed to change “embedded tastes in a whole generation of people.” But even “real food” aficionados who shun Cheetos aren’t safe from the reformers’ zeal. On April 20, FDA agents and federal marshals carried out a 5 a.m. raid on an Amish farm in Pennsylvania, the culmination of a yearlong sting operation aimed at wiping out the scourge of unpasteurized milk. “It is the FDA’s position that raw milk should never be consumed,” an agency spokeswoman insisted.
C.S. Lewis once wrote that “of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.” Rulers who just want to exploit us may relax once their greed’s sated.
But “those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience,” Lewis said.