Largely, Liberal New York Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on soda’s over 16 oz. is a distraction…
But there is a simple lesson here.
Statists see you as fat and stupid… mostly stupid, they see the fat as a consequence.
And, instead of expending the energy to educate you as to what they think is the right way to lead your life… they are going to force you to do what they think is right.
Force… if you can’t Force, then educate… until you can Force.
This will never change.
The idea of “education not legislation” is a time waster and doesn’t codify their desired right to force. (If you are one of these people who think others should be forced to do what you think is right at any given time and consider yourself a “conservative” then you should spend a long holiday rethinking your philosophical foundation.)
For me it is simple… Freedom to choose.
I have a rule of thumb definition of “freedom” I’ve used for years:
Being “Free” is being able to make the wrong decision even when you know what the right one is.
Leftists hate this. It means you can choose not be obedient. And they blame your hopeless ignorance. If you were only smarter… you would realize your need to be subjugated in order to be truly happy.
You are stupid today and will be stupid tomorrow. It doesn’t matter how much you know about anything, ever, not the U.S. Bill of Rights, Constitution, Capitalism, Socialism, The Founding Fathers, Hobbes, Locke, Burke, Marx, Lenin, Trotsky, The Duma, Che, Mao, Members without portfolio, Pol Pot, The French Revolution, Fellow Travelers, The Third Way, Fascists, Viet Cong, Sandinistas, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Anarchists, The Green Party, Right of Return, Castro, Batista, The Middle East, Alinsky etc… (I could keep going but you get the point)
If you’re not doing what you’re told, if you don’t subscribe to their self assessed brilliance, you’re hopelessly ignorant. Education is futile and choice is dangerous.
So stop thinking they will change. It’s not your best interest they have in mind, it’s how far they can push you to do what they think is right which is what they are testing. Create a new law and see if it flies. If so, create a little more onerous one and see if it flies… so on and so on.
Go out and grab a big gulp… and while you’re at it, buy a pound of raw sugar while you still can.
I’ve started dropping sugar cubes in my beer.