The Nanny State Comes to My Mailbox

Posted on January 27, 2006
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Tucked in my pile of junk mail and bills was a Hallmark card from Governor Janet Napolitano.

That’s right. The governor sent a card to congratulate me on my daughter’s recent birth and admonish me that “One of your most important roles as a parent is to make sure your baby is immunized.” The card bears Governor Napolitano’s signature at the bottom.

The card raises some important questions about the role of the state. Encouraging parents to immunize their children may be laudable, but it’s hardly the state’s responsibility. Reminders to immunize one’s child should ’" and do ’" come from the child’s health care provider. 

However innocuous it may seem, the card is symptomatic of a government that has moved well beyond its constitutional role “to protect and maintain individual rights” and into the role of parent, increasingly replacing the institutions that are the bulwark of a free society ’" community organizations, churches, and family.

Thanks, Governor, but no thanks. Return to sender, please.

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