If you blur the lines between public and private as artfully as American statism does, eventually everything becomes the government, and your private sphere is no more genuinely private than those private museums, boat launches, restaurants, and campgrounds ordered closed at no notice by the shock troops of the National Park Service. In South Dakota, the NPS attempted to shut down an unmanned, open-air parking area on the shoulder of the highway to prevent Americans from looking at Mount Rushmore. Apparently, the view belongs to the government and you can enjoy it only with their approval. In the days of absolute monarchy, a medieval proverb nevertheless assured us that a cat may look at a king. But in South Dakota freeborn Americans may not gaze upon their presidents without the permission of the bureaucracy.
It was a rare, direct, explicit revelation of how, underneath the \”exchanges\” and other sock puppets, American statism\’s conception of itself is as expansive and unbounded as the most doctrinaire Eurosocialist\’s. They should demolish those guys on Rushmore and chisel in a giant federal official-scenic-view application form, with sky-high small print explaining that your confidential information will be shared only for the purpose of \”audit activities,\” and with pyramid-sized boxes to check rising into the clouds and up to the heavens.