PictureDo you need the state to remind you to be a dad?
Out for a morning run today, I was affronted by a taxpayer financed billboard urging me to “Take time to be a dad today.”  If you’re one of the fifty percent of the population that pays federal income tax, you paid for this nonsense, and likely hundreds or even thousands of similar helpful reminders across the country.

The billboard advertises the feds’ website, fatherhood.gov, that you also pay for.  This site fulfills the states’ self-appointed duty to instruct its subjects in the proper way to parent.  It provides all sorts of tips on how to be a dad, like playing in the rain and having a dance contest with your kids.  The fatherhood.gov site is maintained by the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, which is overseen by the Office of Family Assistance, which is an office of the Office of the Administration for Children and Families, which is an office of the US Department of Health and Human Services.  These ridiculous, extra-constitutional agencies employ thousands of people collecting salaries and benefits at your expense, while their entire job consists of giving away your money to other people, and dreaming up more and more absurd ways of wasting your tax dollars on boondoggles like fatherhood.gov and billboards reminding fathers to be fathers.

If you have any doubt that our government is out of control and gone completely off the rails, you can be easily reminded when you drive by Kung-Fu Panda telling you to be a good dad.  I would invite anyone to find justification for this insanity in the constitution or its amendments.  Nowhere does that document even mention families or children other than a reference to future generations in the preamble.  Regardless of the lack of any justification in law, it is inconceivable to me that here in the cradle of human liberty, we have fallen to the point where we look to government bureaucrats to school us on how to raise or children, and that we allow the government to use public money for such nonsense.

While our federal overlords apparently believe that women need no instruction on how to be mothers (There is no motherhood.gov), the USDA does have a program to teach Hispanic women the importance of breastfeeding with their,

 “…Promotion and Education Project, “Breastfeeding: A Magical Bond of Love.” This project provides WIC staff with culturally appropriate tools to effectively communicate with Hispanic participants about the benefits of breastfeeding. The project targets Hispanic mothers and families to identify and address their barriers, dispel myths, and encourage mothers to continue their historical tradition of breastfeeding.”

Exactly why our betters concluded that Hispanic women don’t breastfeed enough is not explained on the website or in the literature.

Keep in mind that these bits of absurdity are only the smallest of examples of the kind of waste and abuse that goes on all day, every day, across the breadth of an entire continent.  These ludicrous wastes of resources are perpetrated by an army of millions of federal bureaucrats who think that they know better than you how to be a parent, how to use your land, and even dictate what light bulbs, shower heads, and toilets you will be permitted to use.  These overlords have written more than thirty thousand pages of laws that no citizen or their representatives have ever voted on; so many that researchers estimate that the average American now commits an average of three felony crimes per day.  James Madison understood this form of tyranny, writing in The Federalist Number 62, “It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.”  We have long since crossed the threshold into this dysfunctional world, and no amount of voting for Democrat or Republican politicians will even begin to reverse it.  Only rekindling the American spirit and thirst for freedom will throw off this creeping soft tyranny that sometimes takes the form of inane buffoonery; like a government panda telling you how to be a father.