I get a kick out of Mark Steyn and enjoy his light touch. But he gets this totally wrong:
Freedom is messy. In free societies, people will fall through the cracks – drink too much, eat too much, buy unaffordable homes, fail to make prudent provision for health care and much else. But the price of being relieved of all those tiresome choices by a benign paternal government is far too high.
It’s not a benign paternal government – that would be a monarchy. It’s a tender and loving maternal government.