Common sense from an elected official? Someone pinch me, I must be dreaming

“Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.” –Ronald Reagan

Regular readers know that I don’t just oppose the nanny state — I loathe, abhor, and despise it. The notion that government officials know better than you do how you ought to conduct your life is simply imbecilic, and no government body should have the authority to pass laws dictating what you can and can’t do “for your own good.” Still less should government bodies be telling parents how they ought to raise their children — the unspoken assumption behind such interference being that government loves your children more than you do and/or that you are too much of a moron to make good choices for your children.

To someone like me who is forever railing against legislative and regulatory overreach, it comes as a pleasant surprise when a government official actually resists the temptation to use the power of the state to further micromanage our lives. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it’s worth celebrating.

I’m sure that California Governor Jerry Brown and I could find plenty of things to disagree about, but today I want to commend Gov. Brown for his recent veto of a law passed by the California state senate that would have required everyone under the age of 18 to wear a helmet when skiing or snowboarding. Gov. Brown’s veto message is a masterpiece of clarity, concision, and common sense, worth reproducing in its entirety:

“Not every human problem deserves a law.” Couldn’t have said it better myself.

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