"Give me Liberty, or Give Me Death." Somewhere along the line, that message has gotten lost in today's political system. Everywhere you turn there's a new tax, regulation, ordinance, and violation of our Civil Rights, being force-fed to us by elected officials.
It brings to mind a line from an early 70's song, 'Do this don't do that can't you read the sign's." How dare any public official tell me what I can, and should eat, or how much I can drink at one time. Mayor Bloomberg of NYC is way out of control if you ask me. His Socialistic attempts to regulate a persons intake of soda is a violation of every one's Civil Liberties. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling deserves quite a bit of credit for overturning this, 'Nanny Law', before it began financially hurting businesses, and manufacturers of the multiple sugary drinks on the market. I myself prefer unsweetened and drink soda only on occasion. What gives any member of government the right to tell me how much I can drink, if I choose to purchase a large soda. It's all about personal choice being America is still somewhat of a Democracy --isn't it?
His attack on smokers is another abuse of power. If you are dumb enough to smoke, so be it --it's your choice. The government has become accustomed to picking smokers pockets for tax revenue. A police officer friend of mine from Manhattan stated to me that, " a pack of smokes in NYC cost more than a bump of crack." Now Bloomberg is trying to ban the display of cigarettes, attempting to make shop owners hide them under the counter. I don't know if any of you have ever been in a bodega in New York City, but the first thing you see when you walk in is usually a glass case or three, full of crack pipes, and other assorted paraphernalia. Get what I'm saying here?
When and where will it stop? How far will they, and can they go? They always say, 'it's for your own good'. Restaurants now must display calorie counts on menu's. Businesses like McDonald's are vilified for selling their product. I haven't eaten there myself since 1975, but no one told me stop eating fast food -- I made my OWN choice. Which is the point I'm trying to make here. That people should have the right to make their own personal choice, and that government -federal, state, and local should keep their damn noses out of what we choose to eat, smoke, drink, or whatever. Enough is enough.
'We hold these truth's to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness'. The Constitution --some of our politicians should read it for the Articles!