Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Big Brother Marches Forth

Concerned about the government slowly eroding the rights of individual citizens? You should be. If you want proof, look no further than Los Angeles who just approved a one-year moratorium on fast food restaurants. Don't be confused by what action the LA City Counsel took here. They are attempting to regulate the behavior of their citizens. They don't want you to eat fast food because it is bad for you. This is the mommy state they are trying to build. And people should be concerned.

Yes, the government should protect citizens. But not by infringing on the rights of citizens to make choices. If someone chooses to eat fast food over healthy alternatives, that is their choice. Is someone chooses to smoke cigarettes, than that is their choice. To attempt to regulate human behavior by creating new codes that punish people for making legal choices is asinine.

I'll be anxious to see if this one-year ban actually sticks. I would definitely fight it if I lived in Los Angeles simply on the basis that if they can regulate something like this, who knows what they will go after next. It's not a good precedent. Let's see what other city tries to follow suit.

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