Mark Steyn has a great piece on NRO highlighting how big government erodes the spirit. In talking about the potential for the U.S. to acquiesce to a government take-over of healthcare, he suggests we may already be too far down that road:

I get a lot of mail each week arguing that, when folks see the price tag attached to Obama’s plans, they’ll get angry. Maybe. But, if Europe’s a guide, at least as many people will retreat into apathy. Once big government’s in place, it’s very hard to go back.