Monday, June 19, 2006
Right and wrong
A high school valedictorian's graduation speech was cut short because she wanted to thank Jesus Christ for her success. The school justified cutting her off on the grounds that it "violated the separation of church and state."
Her response is both accurate and naive.
"People aren't stupid and they know we have freedom of speech and the district wasn't advocating my ideas," McComb said. "Those are my opinions."That's an accurate statement. Nobody seriously believes that the school district was embracing the positions espoused in a student's graduation speech.
But it is naive, too. It seems to me that most liberals govern from teh positions of "I know better than you." This explains many liberal policies -- anti-smoking crusades, inane workplace regulations, mandatory universal health care, opposition to allowing people to privatize a portion of their social security payments, etc.
Perhaps some conservatives go too far in the opposite direction. It seems to me, however, that when faced with the choice of either regulating and controlling people's lives and granting them more autonomy to make their own decisions, one should generally grant the autonomy.