I'm as much in favor of small (next thing to nonexistent) government as any Libertarian, though still well shy of thinking anarchy as a good thing--so no, obviously I don't IN GENERAL believe the government is well equipped to make the majority of our decisions for us. I'm not even in favor of mandatory seat belts and absolutely detest ABS brakes, for instance.
Unfortunately, there is another side of that two headed coin: A disturbing number of citizens seem to "do their best" to prove themselves LESS competent than even the most overbearing nanny state government. All too often, this appears to come from advanced states of apathy. When "man on the street" interviews (including "woman on the street"; no sexism intended) consistently come up with interviewees who know nothing about the various government scandals (in any administration), less than nothing about the administration itself (such as the names of the V.P., Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, etc.), but can tell you all the details about Kim Kardashian's new baby girl, the Big Government advocates can only be encouraged to believe they're 100% right.
One of the most discouraging processes I've observed over the years is the way we (humans) tend to "get used to things", lending credence to the image of American liberty being a frog slowly boiled in a pot. Example: In earlier years, I'd flown commercially a fair bit, one hop to Malaysia and back with many shorter jaunts. In 2006, deciding that the airline security procedures were rapidly getting too ridiculous (not "effective", just "ridiculous"), I decided to boycott air travel from then on. Which I have done and will do.
At that point, the public wasn't even screaming very loudly. However, when the groping scandals and body searches that left little girls screaming on YouTube videos began to surface, there was a lot of yelling indeed.
So...what happened after that?
Why...nothing, except that We the Public in general apparently got used to it, adjusted to the B.S. as the new norm, and air travel is doing just fine as an industry--though with much less dignity and grace.
The "we can get used to it" crowd concerns me a great deal. Whether our population as a whole has the wherewithal to make better judgments than the government that would (and will) oppress it remains, to me, an open question.