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Raise Your Big Gulps, Americans; Updated

When New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced that he was going to introduce a proposal to ban large sugary drinks in NYC, most folks reacted like this:


But lo and behold, it passed



And the Big Gulp goof off commenced. Like the Great Chick-fil A Run this summer, this Big Gulp crack down was another example of massive government intrusion into the lives of Americans. Who are you, Mr. Emanuel, to tell Americans where they may feast? Who are you, Mr. Bloomberg, to tell Americans what they may drink?  We are not children. We are free men:

"The free man owns himself. He can damage himself with either eating or drinking; he can ruin himself with gambling. If he does he is certainly a damn fool, and he might possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is not a free man any more than a dog." -G. K. Chesterton

So here’s to the free men. The family at the ball game with ice cold soda on a hot summer’s day. The girls on the road en route to their getaway weekend at the beach. The steel toes on break from pouring concrete. The kids at the movies on a Saturday night. The moms on the porch after the kids have gone to bed. To the college kids pulling an all nighter before finals. Whether you fill it with pop, soda or coke, Sweet Tea or water with lemon, it’s your cup and you fill it with whatever cools your soul after a long day. Let no Nanny Mayor tell you how to fill your cup because free men and women don’t ask permission. So, raise your cups high, Americans and toast  your liberty.



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  • Jthom26837

    I raise my Dr. Pepper ‘Big Gulp’ to our American Warrior, Sarah Palin. My Salutations!!





  • patnatasha

    I love it.

    • Pete Daniels Band

      Hoist into the air anything you feel importantly about… unless SarahPAC is getting a cut from 7-Eleven. In that case maybe go and buy a Big Gulp for your photo op.

      BTW: Glad to see front-facing Palin Liberty Pose photos emerge!

  • PaMom4Palin

    Ohhhh THE POWER OF PALIN! :-)

  • John_Frank

    Excellent post Michelle. Thank you!

    So hoist into the air whatever is important to you, take a picture and share it.

    One quick observation. The law which NYC council passed (and was struck down by the Courts) did not ban the sale of large drinks at chain convenience stores like the Big Gulp at 7-11. Some have tried to make a big deal about this fact.

    However, that was not the point that Governor Palin was making.

    This is about taking a stand for liberty (and individual responsibility), while telling the Government to stop interfering in our lives.

    Updated to add the following:

    ‘Palin Liberty Pose’ is sweeping the nation

    • mich mccormick

      On the Twitchy feed it linked to, folks were referencing Big Gulp. When you think big soft drinks, you think of the iconic "Big Gulp."
      "NYC Mayor wants to ban 16 oz soft drinks"
      "He wants to ban Big Gulps!"
      "No, that’s not…"

      Too late to start getting picky. Pop culture isn’t so fun when you’re not the one it’s benefiting, eh progressives?

      • John_Frank

        LOL …. using Big Gulp as a pop cultural symbol for the "message" …. excellent choice … and I am really, really glad to see that people are pushing this.

        Just want people to have a response, when some Statist tries to make a fuss.

        Cheers, as he takes a sip from his Big Gup.

    • CBDenver

      I agree that the name "Big Gulp" has become synonymous with a large soft drink just as Kleenex has become a synonym for facial tissue. The fact that one is a brand name and the other is not means nothing.

      But when I heard that 7-11′s Big Gulp large soft drinks were exempted from the soda ban, I was outraged. This is a clear example of crony capitalism. In this case one large corporation is given a market advantage via government regulation. Anyone wanting a large soft drink has no other choice than to visit 7-11 as no one else is allowed to sell them. And of course many customers would buy some snacks or other food to go with their Big Gulp. Other convenience stores will see a drop in business while 7-11 will see an increase in sales.

      I bet if you did some research you would see that 7-11 made some big donations to Bloomberg in exchange for this gift of hobbling their competitors with this regulation.

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  • conservativemama

    Michelle, I love your posts. I love your writing. I always value a Chesterton quote.

    This woman comes home and enjoys a quiet moment before the house fills up again, and sometimes that moment includes a Coke on ice.

    Freedom! Accept nothing less.

    • mich mccormick

      Thanks for the good words, CM. I’m a Dr Pepper girl, Dublin Dr Pepper

  • Guest

    Hell Yeah !! USA USA USA…

  • jester2939

    Ha! Pretty sweet post!!

  • JohnInFlorida

    You betcha! Deal with it, buttheads!

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