Parents all over the state of Massachusetts are getting brochures in the mail with surprising news that tooth brushing is now a state mandate. No, I’m not kidding. In fact the brochure quotes: “If your child goes to daycare for more than four hours a days, or if your child eats there, the state requires your child’s care provider to brush your child’s teeth.“
For daycare providers it could be a logistical nightmare. Imagine lining up 100 cranky toddlers and children after every breakfast, lunch, and snack time. For parents, it’s just another step of parental power loss by the hands of the state. They no longer get to determine who’s hands are in the mouths of their children. Via WCVB Boston:
Tooth brushing is becoming part of the daily routine at day cares across Massachusetts. Starting this month, any child who has a meal in day care or is in care for more than four hours will be required to brush their teeth, according to the Department of Early Education and Care.
Georgaklis says parents should embrace the regulations to protect their teeth of their children.
“This will prevent tooth decay,” she said.
But some parents are concerned about germs. Knowledge Beginnings has a system in place to address this issue. “We’re providing the toothbrushes, the holders, the cases and the toothpastes, as well,” said Chan.
Some teachers realize the stupidity of this law and are speaking out. For example, what about the schools that only serve lunch on Wednesdays? Those children will get their teeth brushed after lunch every Wednesday, but not likely to so the other 6 days of the week. So, how is this supposed to help the oral hygiene?
The Nanny State is getting out of control. Silly regulations and rules like this only floods the system with more paperwork and takes time away from the children. These “mini-tyrannies” created by bored legislatures with too much time on their hands and full of good intentions feels that that is their duty to solve every little potential problem by passing laws at the expense of the greater good and individual liberty.
This is just one small example– a tiny drop in an ocean of Nanny State-ism. But, the problem is vast and it is growing. Here are some other real life examples via Arguing With Idiots:
* live in Washington, where state officials banned washing your car in the driveway.
* live in Arizona, where a restaurant was harassed by officials because it allowed patrons to dance.
* live in some poor areas of Los Angeles, where fast food restaurants are off limits.
* line in Belmont, California, where you can no longer smoke in your own apartment.
* live in Indiana, where you are not allowed to smile for your driver’s license.
* live in Virginia, where some students can no longer play tag.
* live in small-town Louisiana, where baggy, sagging pants are banned.
* the Boston City Council wants to ban dog rental because it is “disrespectful to the dog.”
* St Charles, Missouri, officials proposed banning swearing in bars.
The principle of “liberty” puts each of us in control of making the decisions that will affect our lives, for better or for worse.
The entire point of our Constitution was to limit the powers of our government so that the rights and freedoms of our individual liberties could flourish and thrive. In fact, Thomas Jefferson said:
“It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”
We may not agree, and in fact, we may vehemently disagree with our neighbor on aspects ranging from the vitally important to the frivolous. But, as long as we are not harming anyone else the government should be the silent protector of all of our freedoms sitting quietly in the background and not the dictatorial arm of stateism that it has become.
Or…we can say, the government fully takes care of us now and all it cost us was our liberty!