Ban on soda: Why I don’t want the government in my refrigerator

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Ban on large soda

Ban on Soda in New York

You may have heard that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to propose a ban on the sale of large sugary beverages like soda at restaurants, mobile food carts, movie theaters and delis.  He is proposing this ban to help fight the rising epidemic of obesity in New York.  I totally agree with Mayor Bloomberg that super sized sodas are not healthy and can be a contributing factor in weight gain.  I’m really not sure that this is a statement that anyone would argue with.  It’s sort of common sense that drinking a whole bunch of sugar can cause you to gain weight.

Do we really need the state to ban large sugary beverages?  Let’s consider a few things:

1.  I’m a big girl.  If I really want to purchase a large sugary beverage I’m going to. There are many other places I can purchase these from like grocery stores, mass retailers, drug stores, office supply stores, etc. A ban on soda won’t stop me.

2.  People are not stupid.  They really do understand that super sized sodas can make you gain weight.  We honestly don’t need the government to enact a ban on soda to save us from ourselves.

3.  If I’m at a restaurant and purchase a small or medium sugary beverage, there is nothing stopping me from getting a free refill if availalable or from purchasing two or three or six if I want to. One large or two mediums… is there really a difference?

4.  This law won’t have any effect on the purchase of diet beverages. So you cannot have an extra large soda sweetened with sugar or high fructose corn syrup. However, feel free to drink as many extra large diet sodas with artificial sweeteners and the chemical phenylalanine.   They won’t make you gain weight so there are obviously no health concerns to worry about.

5.  The ban on soda has no bearing on anything else that we eat or drink.  Feel free to buy all the super sized burgers, extra large French fries, and hot fudge sundaes you’d like. Just make sure you drink diet soda or water with them.

6. This is the big one.  The government is not my babysitter.   Nowhere in the powers that were given to our government when the Declaration of Independence was signed have we given the government the authority to decide what we can and cannot eat.   The Declaration of Independence gave the federal and state governments specific powers.  These powers were not only limited but a set of checks and balances were set up to prevent the abuse of power.   In simple terms, if the Declaration did not give the government the power to control what we do and do not eat, then the government does not have the power or authority to make laws that do that. If you’d like to read more about the concept, check out the principal of limited government.

This ban on soda won’t have any immediate effect on me.  I don’t live in New York and I don’t drink large sugary beverages to begin with. However, that one right we allow the government to take from us is one step toward the second right and the third.  Then what do we have? We have a government that is so intrusive and so over reaching that we have no more rights at all. What do you think? Do we really need a ban on soda?

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23 thoughts on “Ban on soda: Why I don’t want the government in my refrigerator”

  1. Number 6 says it all. This country is based on freedoms and each and every time one is taken away, it is very difficult if not impossible to get it back. It is a matter of choices- I personally do not drink soda but my husband does- I drink coffee with tons of cream and sugar though which can certainly at times equal or exceed his can of pop. If more and more things are controlled by the government, a person in effect is saying they are NOT responsible enough to take care of themselves. We will turn over our rights and our choices slowly but surely.  So the argument is that our country has an obesity epidemic- fine and dandy. Outlaw sugar, outlaw carbs, outlaw all you want and while you are at it, we can all be required to run 3 miles when the big whistle sounds throughtout the land.
    • Wonderful points & I totally agree.  Big Brother will push and take away as much a we let him until it comes the point in time when we have nothing left.
  2. I totally agree with you. You wrote an excellent article!! I love my pop and no one, but me will take it away.
  3. This is ridiculous! Why don't they just go ahead and ban all junk food too? LOL. I would be the first to hoard a bunch of pop in my closet.
  4. I have to respectfully disagree with you here for only one reason.  People are screaming that the government needs to "do something" to stop the obesity epidemic.  We aren't taking care of it on our own, yet we don't want the government involved.  It can't go both ways.  I agree with each and every one of your points, but I also believe that politicians are trying to find a way to fight obesity.  This is just one small step to test the waters, I'm sure.  Yes, as Americans we have a choice, but we also have a responsibility and many of us are not doing our parts.  I would be in 100% agreement with your ideas IF people stopped complaining that someone else needs to do something the fix the problem and we all stepped up to the plate to make a difference in our own families.
    • I agree that this ban would be completely unnecessary if people simply did what they *should* do. They won't unless they want to and even the government placing ridiculous bans on our personal freedoms won't make people change unless they want to. You can't stop people from making poor choices even if you make them illegal otherwise we wouldn't have the drug problem we do in this country.
  5. NO WAY! Last time I checked we live in a country with freedoms, who is the government to tell me now we can't have soda - don't they have bigger fish to fry? Give me a break!!!!!! I stumbled this for you.

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