A Tale of Two Cities: NYC Tyranny vs. Kilgarvan, Ireland FreedomSubmitted by Marc Clair on Tue, 03/26/2013 - 11:17
I have long reviled New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who keeps puzzlingly being elected, despite his extreme views on personal liberty and the intrusive role of government in citizens lives. However, Sunday marked a new low for the Mayor, who stated on NBC’s “Meet the Press”, “I do think there are certain times we should infringe on your freedom.”
This was in the context of his ridiculous ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces being struck down. However, it is indicative of the broader thinking of this statist slug, and those who share his way of thinking: that government knows more than you do, is smarter than you are, and knows what is best for you. There are very few people on this earth capable of making decisions about what is best for an individual than that individual himself. Or perhaps that individual in conjunction with a trusted doctor. Everyone else pretty much knows jack about you, your situation and what the best path for living your life would be.
Yet, this doesn’t stop simpletons like Bloomberg from trying to tell you what you should or should not do, eat, drink, watch, smell, dance on or around, etc., etc. He even wants to have hospitals hide formula and pressure mothers into breastfeeding. Because he knows more than you. Because he feels that his position of power has somehow given him an omnipotent knowledge of all things. I don’t know how having a background in the stock market, and designing terminals that provide data on Wall Street to traders equates to a level of realization spanning all medical, social and criminal realities, but somehow Bloomberg has brought that ability into our physical realm. Just like countless other politicians before him have, regardless of their backgrounds.