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Redacted email excerpt to friends in Asia - an indication of how far we have fallen

Original post made by Outside Observer, another community, on Feb 3, 2011

For some, today is the start of a new year. For others, a reminder of government intrusion justified by an ever lowering "lowest common denominator".


Chao XXXX va XXXX,

Hope the new year gives you and your families happiness, health, good luck and wealth.

For me, I got a little good luck for myself and family today. I had lunch with my friend XXXX today. He is expanding his XXXXX business in the Philippines, and my brother in law there will get a lot of new business from him at his new facility.

XXXX lives in XXXXXXXXX. The Vietnamese community in XXXXXX is not far from his house, so I stopped by one of the Vietnamese markets after lunch, and that is where I took the attached pictures.

The pictures are of the main square of the market. All the red debris are spent firecrackers, and fireworks. All of these are illegal in California, yet the Vietnamese find a way to celebrate Tet the traditional way, even if it is illegal.

The police won't bother them. If they did, I know there would be a riot, and the police would lose.

Although it is illegal, there are also people selling firecrackers, and I XXXXXX for my 20 year old son. He has never experienced firecrackers before. The last time they were legal was when I was a young child.

In USA culture, we used to celebrate our independence day, July 4, with fireworks. I have many fond memories of shooting off firecrackers and fireworks when a child. I never injured myself with fireworks. I never knew anyone who did, although it's obvious they can be dangerous if misused. Obvious even to a child.

Slowly, over the years, the USA government has used the acts of stupid people to restrict the acts of everyone. Yes, firecrackers are dangerous, and if you hold them in your hands, you can blow your fingers off. If you are stupid enough to do that, then you get what you deserve, but it is not right to take firecrackers away from everyone because a very few stupid people injure themselves with them.

But that is what has happened in The USA.

I'm happy to see the Vietnamese rejecting this type of thinking and not letting the worst among us dictate what can and cannot be used for cultural celebrations.

Watching all the people celebrating there with fireworks reminded me of my childhood, when we too could celebrate our national holiday in the traditional way. That is something my son will never know......

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Posted by qq
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 3, 2011 at 10:06 pm

There is a name for what your are describing.

The Nanny State.

We live in one of the nanniest of the nanny states. Just read the CA penal code sometime.

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Posted by Agree
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 3, 2011 at 11:31 pm

Children under a certain height now have to wear life jackets in the wave pool at Great America due to the negligence of a mom who didn't watch her 5-year old son and he died as a result. It's no fun being in a wave pool with huge flotation device restricting movement.

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Posted by We're all hypocrites
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 4, 2011 at 7:23 am

If we dislike the "Nanny State" we have only ourselves to blame. We all claim to want government out of our lives but when something goes wrong we complain that it wasn't there to protect us.

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 4, 2011 at 1:42 pm

You got that right on, pal. It's fashionable to sneer at the "Nanny State" in a blog, but when the rubber meets the road and we're under it, we want Big Nanny in Washington to bail us out.

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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 4, 2011 at 6:20 pm

The nanny state rears its ugly head when people behave like babies.

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