The Race to Ban What's Bad For Us
December 13, 2006 9:04am CST
Trans fat, smoking, foie gras--what's next? Is there any doubt that the infantilization of adults is one of the defining characteristics of contemporary politics? Last week alone, New York City banned the use of trans fats in restaurant meals, and an Ohio law passed in November that bans smoking in virtually all business establishments (even in company-owned vehicles such as trailer-truck cabs) went into effect. However different the actions may seem on the surface, they share something all too common in today's America: They rob us of the right to make decisions--however stupid, unwise or repugnant to refined sensibilities--about how we want to live, work and eat. Although "give me partially hydrogenated vegetable oil or give me death!" is not likely to become a rallying cry anytime soon, it's worth pausing a minute to consider the country's headlong rush to prohibit just about anything that bureaucrats--or simple majorities of voters--find offensive. New York used to pride itself on being the toughest city in the world. After passing the first municipal ban on trans fat in the United States, it has just become one of the most annoying. read the rest at: http://www.reason.com/news/show/117171.html So when are we as adults going to stop this avalanche of state run nannyism? It has got to stop somewhere. This article doesn't even talk about the poker gamlbing ban, or any of the countless other areas where our freedoms continue to go down the drain. __________________ Baby Jeebus!