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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h/t to Mary Beth on the lovely gif