As government increases, liberty decreases. It’s as simple as that. If we as a nation continue to accept an increasing amount of government intervention into our lives, we must not value freedom as much as we really think we do. Ask yourself this: “Do I really value liberty?” If you said “yes,” then please continue. If you said “no,” click here because Delta has some great deals on flights out of the country.

As Americans, we must question every single action, ordinance, rule, and law acted upon by the government. You read that right: question everything done by the government – whether it is at a local, state, or national level. Is this a daunting and tiring task? Yes, of course it is. We must not grow weary of defending liberty. Because, if we do, we will be lulled to sleep by Uncle Sam who claims that he offers us security but robs us of liberty.

Do not buy the lie that government knows what is best for you. It is so very tempting to cast aside our freedoms that millions have died for and exchange it for a pathway to safety. Continually resist that urge to do so and confront it in others.

As personal responsibility and common sense continues to suffer, our Nation will do the same.

In 2002, the anti-smoking trend started when the state of Delaware banned the activity in public places. Recent numbers indicated that 25 states have “no smoking” laws on the books. Now, states are beginning to outlaw smoking in cars, homes, and other areas.

In 2006, New York City voted to ban “trans fats” from food products and all restaurants. Soon after and even before, countless other cities and states began to take the same and similar action.

Recently, a massive wave of “texting and driving bans” have gone into effect. Current numbers report that as many as 37 states have joined this bandwagon. And now, laws banning any cellphone use in the car have gone into effect and many are even talking about it.

New York suggested a “salt ban.”  California has passed a plastic bag ban. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has even released a “Public Playground Safety Handbook.” They want to limit “junk food” advertising to kids and shrink the size of Snickers bars.

You are probably asking yourself: “How did we get here?” The answer is simple: we were “sleeping.” We ignored the actions of our elected officials because we were too busy with our own lives to study what was actually going on. “How did it come to this?” It came to this because we had a lack of personal responsibility. Is it a good idea to smoke? No. Is it smart to eat trans fats? No. Should you text and drive? No. Should we eat lots of salt, use tons of plastic bags, do stupid things on the playground, and let our kids eat whatever they want? No.

We are being complicit and complacent in our own demise. We can stop the nanny state. We the people have the power – the government does not.

To quote Howard Beale in the film “Network”: “I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everyone knows things are bad. There’s nobody anywhere that seems to know what to do with this – no end to it. Well, I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore.”

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Vince Tornero | Ohio State University | Columbus, Ohio | @VinceTornero