Overdose of freedom?

Conservatives outnumber liberals nearly 2-1 in America, and even outnumber self-described moderates, according to a new Gallup Poll.

So when is the country going to start acting like it?

We seem to be barreling toward government-run health-care, government-run bartering of carbon emissions, government-ordered caps on executive pay and more. We've already seen car companies and financial institutions nationalized -- temporarily, we're told.

And, tellingly, in trying to sell his government health care program, President Obama recently said you would be "allowed" to keep the doctor you want. Since when does the federal government have to "allow" such a thing?

Consider, too, the state of the culture. You can't turn on a TV without commercials about sexual performance or programs depicting or referring to it. Repeatedly. Violence is the norm in prime time, as many shows require dead bodies to pile up in order to attract warm bodies to watch.

"By the time an average child leaves elementary school," writes the Parents Television Council, citing various studies, "he or she will have witnessed 8,000 murders and over 100,000 other acts of violence. By the time that child is 18 years of age, he or she will witness 200,000 acts of violence, including 40,000 murders."

"The debate is over," concludes the American Psychiatric Association about the link between viewed violence and aggressive behavior in minors. Says the American Psychological Association's Jeffrey McIntyre, "To argue against it is like arguing against gravity."

It's not just about kids, either. Adults aren't above being poisoned by an anything-goes culture. In New York, Calvin Klein recently replaced a huge billboard after complaints about its depiction of apparent group sex.

Passersby were much more comfortable with the replacement: a stories-high billboard of a woman in a string bikini.

That someone even briefly thought a building-sized, orgy-like scene was appropriate to display in public is an indication of a society that is increasingly overdosing on unrestrained freedom.

Philosophers have warned us that, without responsibility, freedom is meaningless -- and, in fact, can be toxic to the body politic. In this, our radical Islamic enemy is at least partially right.

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