Michelle Obama is out and about attempting to control the portion size of meals offered by privately owned restaurants because she believes there is an epidemic of obesity. Mayor Bloomberg of New York has declared war on salt and certain cooking oils restaurants use for their preparation of meals. San Francisco is attempting to dictate whether a privately owned fast food company can offer a toy or a prize in their meals for kids. I could go on and on, like the controls on adult smoking. Some states are trying to control whether an adult can light up in a car if a child is present. How about seat belt laws or motorcycle helmet laws? Is there no end?
the electorate chooses a representative to do the business of
government, they are not choosing an emperor. Dictators need not apply.
If I choose to eat salt by the pound and drink cooking oil by the
gallon, that is my choice. I might even eat lard. There is no one on
earth who is qualified by his intellect or his position to decide for me
what is best for me. I decide when I go to bed and when I get up. I
even decide whether or not I will even go to bed.
point out these recent events to alert you to a relatively new
phenomenon. That is the idea that the government has overstepped its
boundaries and gotten involved with matters that are none of its
business. Nowhere in our Constitution is there any requirement that
government dictate what we should eat, drink, or how, as a business
owner, I should sell my product. Nowhere is there anything about seat
belts. How has this happened? Why are we letting this bunch of
politicians, most of whom have never run a business or even worked in a
real job, why are we letting them dictate to us?
would be easy enough to pick on the Democrats because they are the ones
in power for now, but they are not the only offenders. No. this has
been going on for a long time. The Republicans also are guilty of these
you imagine what might be next? How about a requirement to wear helmets
on a golf course? Or what about prohibiting anyone from going out into
the sunlight without sunscreen? Maybe inspections of your home to make
sure you are not using any “non-green” items? Those old light bulbs
might cause global warming you know. The reality is if you can imagine
it, some moron in some obscure government office can propose it and try
to get support for it. Before you know it, a new regulation is on the
books further interfering with your freedom of choice.
is my thinking. Attention government, butt out. Get out of my life and
stay out of my life. Mind your own business. Michelle, if you are
concerned about obesity, take care of your own family and yourself. Have
you looked in the mirror lately? Mayor Bloomberg, if you worry about
salt and cooking oil, decide for yourself what you eat or drink. I
promise I will not ever try to force you to eat anything you don’t want.
Be gracious enough to do the same for me. Leave private businesses
alone to make their own decisions. They and they alone are responsible
for their success or failure. Haven’t you politicians done enough to
hamper business growth so far? If I ever decide I want to live under a
dictatorship, I am sure I can find several to choose from.
you my readers, wake up and smell the regulations. Look at the many
freedoms we are losing everyday. We absolutely have to get a handle on
Ron Scarbro September 16, 2011
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