Being free doesn’t mean you can eat all the popcorn you want. Not according to the moonbat left. Here is Michael Tomasky at the Daily Beast.
So I’m not a health freak, and no, I don’t want to pass laws mandating the eating of broccoli. But I do want us to understand how wrong and simple-minded our definition of freedom is today. Any time the government appears to be suggesting some program aimed at getting people to do something that is obviously good for themselves—buying health insurance, not eating a bucket of popcorn big enough that two cats could screw in it—a certain number of idiots jump up and cry “Ha! Nanny state! Taking away my freedom!” This, according to that Times article, is what the Obama administration feared Fox and Glenn Beck would do if it issued too many new FDA rulings.
Well, in one sense, any person is “free” to eat as much Snickers-bar cheesecake as he likes. But that isn’t actually what freedom means. Actual freedom contains elements of responsibility and recognition of oneself as an actor within this larger thing we try to call society. Eating anything you want isn’t a definition of freedom. It’s just indulgence. And it says something depressing about our country that it is permitted to masquerade as the former.
See? Doing what you want isn’t freedom. Freedom is doing what other people in society want you to do. Freedom is about your duty to others. Freedom is not doing what you desire, but what is best for the collective. Freedom is about denying yourself pleasure as part of your responsibility to the preferences of others.
You might have thought being free was as simple as being able to do what you want. That is “wrong and simple-minded.” Being free means having a central bureaucracy in a far off capitol city hector and harangue you about your responsibility to the masses. It means having your access to pleasures like movie popcorn restricted. It means subordinating your wants and needs to those of the collective. Freedom means not doing what you want and submitting to restrictions on your behavior.
That is leftist freedom.