The push around the country today, led in large part by First Lady Michelle Obama, to create and enforce rules that dictate what people can eat is another example of the vast majority sitting on their behinds, while allowing a more vocal minority to dictate morality and culture in this country.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg again pushed his personal agenda on his constituents by proposing to limit the sale of soft drinks and sugary drinks to 16-ounce or smaller containers.
While we understand the health implications of obesity, we find it troubling that a single elected official, who is among the country’s wealthiest, would tell millions of people, a significant number of whom are unemployed and hurting, how to live their lives.
The end of super-sized sugary drinks wouldn’t be the end of the world, but these types of laws and bans further erode our freedoms and remind us of a slope that becomes every more slippery.
If the majority of people want to ban the sale of large drinks, then they should be allowed to do so in a referendum. In lieu of being allowed to vote, people need to stand up for what they believe and let their voice be heard.
We don’t necessarily expect people to be outraged by Mayor Bloomberg’s ban, but we hope they’re paying attention to the future implications and considering the appropriateness of allowing such a ban to exist. If you’re not willing to get involved, don’t expect others to take that step.