A friend of mine read about New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg (aka Soda Jerk), and his plan to ban sales of sodas, sweetened ice tea and energy drinks above 16 ounces at many venues. Although I never gathered this friend to be particularly political, she likened the mayor to Loki, from Marvel’s Avengers:
“Is not this simpler? Is this not your natural state? It’s the unspoken truth of humanity, that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life’s joy in a mad scramble for power, for identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel,” (Marvel’s Loki).
My reply? Bloomberg and his ilk are arguably worse than a “Loki” type of dictator or tyrant because soft tyranny is harder to get people to see. The power-hungry politicians, absent of any principles, chip away at our freedoms and liberties until one day we wake up and say, “What happened? Where did it all go?”
If an invading force landed on American shores tomorrow we would fight tooth and nail to save the nation, but when the Bloomberg’s of the world slowly enslave the citizenry under the guise of “doing something,” then liberal allies bizarrely find ways to defend the indefensible.
Two telling snippets from the Soda Jerk:
“Obesity is a nationwide problem, and all over the United States, public health officials are wringing their hands saying, ‘Oh, this is terrible,’” Bloomberg told The New York Times. “New York City is not about wringing your hands; it’s about doing something.”
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.”
When you listen to Soda Jerk, ask yourself one question: Why is that Mayor Bloomberg is never really concerned with what the necessary and proper role of the government is? Liberals are always concerned about “doing something,” even if meddling on their part infringes upon the individual liberties of the population. They seek to act because the optics of action are preferable to principled restraint.
At what point do all of these “minor” infringements on liberty add up to something so divorced from our founding that it becomes time to break ties with our oppressors? Ask any liberal politician and many so-called “Republicans” today to speak on the limits of the federal government, and watch them hem and haw because, in truth, they don’t believe there are any limits to what you can be “forced” to understand. That same mentality then bleeds into state politics, where sick and twisted men like Mayor Bloomberg feel the need to tell you what sized carbonated beverage you can buy at a restaurant, what kind of oil cooks your french fries, and whether or not you can attend Happy Hour.
There are politicians who are using the Death by 1000 Paper Cuts method on our nation. They have been at it for decades, and many of us are sick of bleeding. Send a message this election season that you’ve had enough. And then do it again, and again, and again because it’s going to take years to undo the mess we’ve made of ourselves.
Ever shake up a can of soda, throw it in the air and then witness what happens when it hits the concrete? Well, guys like Bloomberg have been shaking brand U.S.A. up for quite some time, and the pressure is intense. There’s a reason why the Tea Party and the Occupy movements bubbled up, and if they keep “shaking” the nation our little can is going to burst. And that’s when things will get … sticky.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have 32 ounces of something to drink. Perhaps more.