|Mr. Mayor: A Return to Prohibition?
By Mr. David Zanotti
I'm sitting in NYC watching the news conference where Mayor Michael Bloomberg is talking about his ban on "sugary soft drinks." A state court has blocked the Mayor's ban, throwing the law off the books. The Mayor is talking about soda as if it is a crisis, a killer, a demon stalking New Yorkers and striking them down in the streets. The absurdity of this conversation is beyond imagination. The Court rightly has asked why the Mayor is leaving alcohol, lattes, and milkshakes off his "crisis" list.
The Mayor continues to claim 5,000 people in NYC will die of obesity this year and he must save them. He even brought God into the conversation at his news conference. Has America come to this: A place where politicians and political boards can dictate what we eat and drink 24 hours of every day? C.S. Lewis might have the best final word here in this statement:
"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock
Monday, March 11, 2013, 06:03 PM