Saturday, June 2, 2012

Nanny (defined)

For a moment, try to ignore that the specific target of HRH Michael Bloomberg's latest nannying is large servings of "sugary drinks." Instead, think of it as manifest ignorance of Liberty in general -- because that's what it is.

With that in mind, check out what HRH Bloomberg said to MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Thursday:
"We've got to do something [about 'obesity']. Everybody is wringing their hands saying we've got to do something. Well, here is a concrete thing.

"You can still buy large bottles in stores. But in a restaurant, 16 ounces is the maximum that they would be able to serve in one cup. If you want to order two cups at the same time, that's fine. It's your choice.

"We're not taking away anybody's right to do things. We're simply forcing you to understand that you have to make the conscious decision to go from one cup to another cup."

"It's not perfect. It's not the only answer. It's not the only cause of people being overweight -- but we've got to do something. We have an obligation to warn you when things are not good for your health."

"I would just like to force the consumer to hopefully move over to the less fattening drinks and everybody will be better off."
That's one of the most un-American, anti-libertarian rants I've heard in a very long time. As I said of HRH Bloomberg in November of 2010:
"New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg arrogant son of a bitch who treats the U.S. Constitution like a menu, and for whom patriotism is little more than a hat he wears only for certain public appearances."
Again, it's not about soda pop -- or, for that matter, about trans-fats or firearms or smoking. It's about Liberty.

If you ever forget that, just remember what HRH Bloomberg said:
"We're not taking away anybody's right to do things. We're simply forcing you to understand...."
Get it?