How can it be that conservatives are so preoccupied with restraints on sexual freedoms while simultaneously claiming to be for smaller government? Conversely, those who favor every kind of liberty when it comes to sex find themselves very much at home with big government and its liberty stealing control in our everyday lives. Why is this?
For one, “Sexual liberty” is a narrow view of liberty. True liberty encompasses much more than merely the freedom to follow one’s drive to procreate with no more concern for the offspring than dogs. On the other hand, a young man with an entrepreneurial spirit wishing to start a business of his own will learn very quickly that liberty outside of knocking up a string of women is an illusion. He will encounter an army of bureaucrats armed to the teeth with volumes upon volumes of regulations that they intend to enforce, and who couldn’t care less about his success or failure.
But we as a people have grown used to a government that has taken on the persona of an overbearing Mother. “Don’t do that little Johnny, you might fall!” “Make sure you eat your organic vegetables little Susie… so you can be a healthy girl”. “Make sure you wash your hands… Hold onto that handrail… Put your seatbelt on… don’t make the planet overheat” and on and on.
We all must admit that the thoughts of an over-protective Mama-government not halting traffic for us and holding our hands as we cross the street evokes, at least a little, insecurity. There’s a certain level of comfort in Mother-nanny-state’s mandates that cause us to stay on her side of the street where she can keep an eye on us, and keep us out of trouble, all the while consoling us that we can gratify ourselves sexually all we want while under the protection of her skirt.
But true liberty calls from the wild. She beckons the young man to come to the neighborhood of uncertainty where she resides, wherein he might discover his destiny, reach his true potential, and outside of which he will never be anything but Mama’s little government boy.