Liberalism Leads to Crippling Abnormalities and Brittleness

Maybe I was 8 or 10 years old. I heard the news that flouride was going to be added to the public water supply, and I remember thinking, "What kind of idiot would put poison in people's drinking water?"

About 2 out of 5 adolescents have tooth streaking or spottiness because of too much fluoride, a surprising government study found recently. In some extreme cases, teeth can even be pitted by the mineral — though many cases are so mild only dentists notice it. The problem is generally considered cosmetic.

It was an introduction to the notion of activist government, I suppose. Where the desire to do good leads to people sticking their noses where they don't belong, and even working against their specific mission.

Health officials note that most communities have fluoride in their water supplies, and toothpaste has it too. Some children are even given fluoride supplements.

The activists, the do gooders, may satisfy their own needs in the shortterm - they make themselves feel good. But they generally screw things up in the longterm.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the splotchy tooth condition, fluorosis, is unexpectedly common in children ages 12 through 15. And it appears to have grown much more common since the 1980s.

Giving kids the tools they need to have safe sex leads to a further breakdown of social structure. Dismantling the military to satisfy peaceniks creates instability and more violence. Giving benefits to children who have babies leads to more children having babies. The obvious eludes the liberal heart. The better educated they are, the more dangerous. 

But there are other concerns, too. A scientific report five years ago said that people who consume a lifetime of too much fluoride — an amount over EPA’s limit of 4 milligrams — can lead to crippling bone abnormalities and brittleness.

When government policy is being made, it's best not to have too much compassion in the room. A few more kids might help, however.