dollarvigilante.com / By Gary Gibson / February 10, 2013
This week comedian Chris Rock stood up in front of a bunch of people at some propaganda gathering for about forty-five seconds and told them that the US head of state and his unelected wife are the “parents” of the nation. I’d thought that creepy and wrongheaded notion of political collective paternity went out of vogue with the likes of Mao and Stalin.
I’ve spent a few days trying to come up with the proper arrangements of words to express how insulting and wrong this is, and how sad that a grown man would say something like this. This isn’t the run-of-the-mill “nanny state” thinking. The nanny, after all, is hired by the parents to take over some of the parenting duties (and since the nanny generally has less interest in the long-term development of the child, this can have disastrous consequences). But Rock wasn’t talking about the state as nanny. He was talking about the state as family, complete with a gun-toting daddy. What Rock said did not harm the cause of liberty, or change any minds on the matter of gun control; it merely revealed plenty about the man himself. So as annoyed as I am by what Rock said, my outrage is tempered by the deepest pity for Rock himself.