I saw the following headline this morning. This link should take you to the whole article.
I couldn’t help myself…
Dear Mayor Bloomberg.
You really don’t understand why Mississippi has passed an anti Bloomberg law?
You really were shocked that the Judge ruled against your soda law? Obviously you must have forgotten about a little thing called freedom.
You can’t be that clueless, therefore you have to be working at being purposefully obtuse.
Let me explain this to you in a way that perhaps your sycophant aides won’t.
Mississippi, isn’t legislating in favor of obesity they’re legislating against government interference in their lives, a phenomenon all too present these days.
I wouldn’t expect someone like you to understand this concept, you’re so sure that you know whats best for everyone.
In your arrogant conceit you assume that no-one is capable of thinking for themselves or making their own choices. Further, you seek to remove any choice that could have deleterious effect.
Where Mr. Mayor would you stop?
Would Steak and all red meat be outlawed in the city of New York? Would you further legislate that only a vegan diet is acceptable? A healthier lifestyle requires less in medical costs doesn’t it?
Would you ban all alcoholic beverages from your city? That should put a stop to drunk driving. It would also reduce employee absenteeism thereby making your city more industrious and productive.
To protect society and New Yorkers Would you criminalize sex out of wedlock? Or Would you simply pass legislation to enforce reversible sterilization? This would prevent the poor from overly burdening themselves with children that could require assistance from the state, or who might become criminals.
How about requiring registration and licensing for use all cooking knives over 5” long?Those too can be used as deadly weapons.
Would you decide that fashion envy is a threat to the stability of your city and require uniforms to be worn by everyone?
Would you try to engage in eugenics, assigning men and women to each other for the purposes of reproduction. After all, in just a few generations you could erase or significantly blur the color lines in your city. Homogenous is good isn’t it?
Would you outlaw religion? Or will you simply define a State religion, thereby removing any potential conflict over beliefs?
When your ideas were rejected and the people engaged in protests and other forms of civil disobedience would you give the police a shoot to kill order? Would you bring in the national guard to enforce your will? I suppose you wouldn’t need the national guard, NYPD does seem to shoot and kill innocent people with frightening efficiency.
As insane as these ideas sound. To some extent throughout history been tried in various times and places, thankfully for the most part they’ve failed or at least been mercifully short lived.
Despots, and Dictators seem to start out by enacting laws “For the safety and Security of their people”. Historically, it doesn’t end well.
Thankfully you’re not in a position of national power. You pose little threat to the rest of us.
The people of Mississippi and indeed other states are using you as a means to voice their opinion by saying no to the Nannyism which leads to a dark path, a path that is anathema to the core beliefs of America and her citizens.
That Mr Mayor is why you’ve become a laughing stock in so many places.
That’s why a Judge has ruled against your silly law. That is why other states are etching your name in the annals of their books of law as someone who is on the wrong side of common sense and freedom.
That’s why you’re becoming largely irrelevant.
Mr. Mayor, you do serve one purpose, You’re an example to our politicians about what can happen when you go too far.
I hope they get the message.
I look forward to the phrase “He’s a / Thats a Bloomberg” entering the national conversation as a euphemism for someone or something which is largely irrelevant.