Remember when NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg started sounding like O’Brian from Orwell’s 1984?
“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,” (Mayor Michael Bloomberg, NBC with Andrea Mitchell, May 31, 2012).
Why won’t you come to your senses, Winston? Why won’t you see the light on The Party? Why do you resist?
It turns out a judge in New York sees in Michael Bloomberg the same kind personality traits that would lead a man to torture his fellow citizens in order to “cure” them of their insanity (‘insanity’ being defined as a love for freedom).
The Wall Street Journal reports:
The city is “enjoined and permanently restrained from implementing or enforcing the new regulations,” New York Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling decided one day before the sales limits would have taken effect. The city’s chief counsel, Michael Cardozo, pledged to “appeal the ruling as soon as possible.”
In halting the rules, Judge Tingling noted that the incoming sugary drink regime was “fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences” that would be difficult to enforce with consistency “even within a particular city block, much less the city as a whole.”
“The loopholes in this rule effectively defeat the stated purpose of the rule,” the judge wrote.
Under a first-of-its-kind prohibition approved by the city Board of Health last year, establishments from restaurants to mobile food carts would have been prohibited from selling sugary drinks larger than 16 oz. After a three-month grace period, the city would have started fining violators $200 per sale.
The city rules, set to take effect on March 12, didn’t include convenience stores, such as 7-Elevens, and supermarkets, both of which are regulated by the state government.
Tyrants in the civilized world realized that the old school method of oppressing people through brute force alone was generally a loser for all parties. They came up with a better idea: Tyranny through regulatory water torture. In Michael Bloomberg’s case you could call it regulatory soda torture.
Drip. Drip. Drip. The master minds come up with new regulations every day. Thousands of federal regulations are added every year. In fact, there are so many regulations that law enforcement agencies can’t even enforce them all, and honest citizens often don’t even know they’re breaking the law — until the feds show up.
Meanwhile, loopholes in laws allow the masterminds to play king maker. 7-Eleven (with your Big Gulps), you’re exempt. Ma and Pa pizza joint? Nope. Grocery store chain with deep pockets, you’re exempt. Small business guy with a bowling alley? Sorry. Throw out thousands of dollars worth of cups because if you don’t we’re going to slap you with hefty fines.
The great thing about regulatory water torture (from the tyrant’s perspective) is that individually these laws don’t anger people to action. In fact, if they’re targeted correctly, the affected constituency is too small to put up a fight, while the rest of the community either shrugs its shoulders or actually believes the stated intentions of the laws trump the slice of individual liberty they shave off.
But what happens over time, in the aggregate, is that you get a nation of infant-zombies. They can’t act or think for themselves, because someone else has always done so for them. They don’t think big, because their bureaucratic overlords only allow them to think small (no ideas greater than 16 ounces, Herr Citizen). They think they’re powerless to control their own destiny, so they gravitate to the shiniest goodie that is held out in front of them during election season. The law is arbitrarily enforced because there are simply too many to keep track of, that the more intelligent members of the population lose faith in the rule of law and the overall system. Civil society erodes.
And then we have the kind of polarized country you’re seeing unfold before us.
A new movement is in the making, and it has nothing to do with political parties. It’s not about Republicans or Democrats, because they both have failed us. It’s about liberty vs. tyranny.
Many Americans don’t realize this yet, but they will in time. And today in New York, one judge stood on the side of liberty.