Now, are you "free" if your government intervenes between vendors and consumers? If your government artificially increases prices on choices that it disapproves of? Do you care for choices? Or were you such goodie-two-shoes as children that you never felt an impulse to clench your jaws shut and throw your asparagus at your mom?
Republicans have overused the term "Nanny State" for a long time, admittedly. But I'm just so discouraged that people believe that it's the government's business whether I eat my vegetables. And of course--of course!--it almost officially is now the government's business whether we eat our vegetables, because health care is now a public good. But then why stop at vegetables? Certainly vegetables will soon be subsidized, and cigarettes and whiskey and pastries will come with taxes attached. But why not take the school lunch program national? Oh, you know you namby pambies would love to drink a half-pint of Chocolate milk and some Salisbury steak or some bullshit every day. G-d save us from the State.
Or else: somebody convince me that Freedom isn't really an absolute value.