Frog, on slow boil

When government is regulating sugary drinks, when will micromanaging end?

“The boiling frog story is a widespread anecdote describing a frog slowly being boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out, but if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death. The story is often used as a metaphor for the inability of people to react to significant changes that occur gradually.”

– Wikipedia

 

Just to be clear, in this instance you are the frog.

The boiling water is your freedom being taken away, one increased temperature at a time.

Case in point: More cities in America are considering a New York-style ban on large sugary drinks – making them just as illegal to sell as cocaine.

Can you imagine being transported from 10 or 20 years ago to an America where soda pop in certain amounts is illegal?

When will mere possession be cause for arrest? Will teens be taken to the hoosegow for an open container of Pepsi?

Isn’t the nanny state becoming just a little too nanny about now?

Or will that come a few years, and degrees, later? At what point will we draw a line in the sand and stand up for our liberties, however small they may seem to us now?

Once they regulate sugary drinks because they’re bad for us, what else will they restrict or ban? Doesn’t logic allow it?

And isn’t the logic that it’s OK for the government to tell you what to eat and drink in order to protect you from yourself? Did you notice that phrase anywhere in the Constitution?

New York recently instituted a ban on the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces. Now, politicians in Washington, D.C., and other locales are considering similar bans.

Leaders who think they can do such things are liable to conclude they can do other things to order your life and diet. Do you want them to have that kind of power?

We understand the obesity problem. We’ve been railing against it for years. But in a supposedly free country, the government is, and should be, ill-equipped to regulate our diets.

We got ourselves into this flabby mess. It’s up to us – not Uncle Sam – to get us out.

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