My father used to tell a joke about a pastor who was preaching about sin one Sunday morning. According to the joke, as the pastor went through each of a laundry list of what he considered to be sins, including smoking, drinking, adultery, gambling, fornication, etc., an older gentleman sitting on the front row would stand up and yell, “Amen, preacher, preach on.” However, when he got to the “sin” of using chewing tobacco, the older man’s response changed (because, of course, he chewed tobacco himself). This time he stood up and yelled, “Now you’ve done stopped preaching and gone to meddling.”
No one likes it when other people meddle in their business, but meddling is exactly what some busybodies in our society make a habit of doing. However, some organized groups that like to meddle will try to disguise it as concern. They will even include the word “concerned” in the name of their organization. For example, “Concerned Veterans for America” and “Concerned Women for America.” That word in their title should always be perceived as a red flag. In most cases, they will not only complain about behavior or speech they find undesirable, they will also lobby for new laws meant to control it.
Yes, they rarely stop at simply being concerned and using the power of persuasion to change people’s minds. They generally try to force their views down everyone else’s throat. In a free a society like ours, it’s sad that we have people and organizations that feel the need to take it upon themselves to intervene in the lives of others, whether being invited to do so or not. Such a thing is anathema to my libertarian ideals. I will not support such organizations, even if I agree with their political views. Bottom line – groups that label themselves “concerned” are going to meddle. You can take that to the bank.