Friday, December 3, 2010

"We cannot ban our way to safety for America's youth."

I think we are getting out of control here. I mean we are supposed to live in a free country. We are supposed to make our own decisions and then be responsible for the consequences of such. Obviously there are laws in place that are meant to protect the greater good, and many of them make sense. One such law would be against driving while intoxicated. That makes sense. If you get behind the wheel drunk you do not just have the potential to harm yourself -- you have the potential to harm countless others. Therefore, the greater good needs recourse against the drunken driver.

Four Loko Bans: New Laws Mix Alcohol, Caffeine and Hypocrisy - DailyFinance

Banning beverages and other consumables is a dicey bit of business. We saw how well the whole Prohibition thing went way back in the 1920's to early 30's, RIGHT??? Instead of banning, why not educate better and allow us the option to choose -- right or wrong -- what we like. The fact remains that, like an addict to any other thing, a person who wants these things will find a way. The drink is not responsible for what happens, the person drinking it is. Fast food is not responsible for the obesity problem in our country. The people who choose to eat it and do not exercise self control are. If you are going to blame fast food, then you must also blame the school cafeteria. Most, if not all offer no better food than that of the fast food industry. Just ask The Naked Chef, Jamie Oliver! If you watched his program last year about the "fattest" city in America, you know what I am talking about!

All I know is that I cannot and will not put up with being told every little nit-picky detail of my life, right down to what I consume, is to be interfered with by the powers that be! If they are going to ban drinks like this one then they also need to ban cigarettes, all alcoholic beverages, cell phone usage and so on and so on... After all, cigarettes are killers, RIGHT? We know for a fact that they are deadly and cause all manner of health issues and health costs. Drunks are another health care problem with their own costs, in addition to those caused when drunks become deadly behind the wheel. Cell phones have cause all manner of accidents and caused any number of deaths, so why is it not banned while driving? Next maybe they will outlaw obesity because health care costs too much for that as well, but how will they enforce it? How about we just ban everything but veggies and water?

Civil liberties folks, we have them for a reason and we fought hard with Britain to get out from under oppression, yet it appears we are now regressing into the kind of control that we wished to escape!

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