Do You Really Think It Will End With Salt?

April 20, 2010

next its sugar, fat, red meat...when does it end?

Ronald Reagan said it best:  “Government exists to protect us from each other.  Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.”  

 I’ve been away for a couple of weeks.  it was  a combination of a lack of interesting news and some big events in my personal life.  In any case, I read this article in the Washington Post that got me roaring right back to blogging.

   Yep, you read it right.  They want to regulate your food.  Not the labeling, not handling or safety measures, but they want to start regulating the food you eat. 
It begins.
Notice in the article the FDA wants to do it insidiously, doing it slowing to ‘adjust’ the tastes of a whole generation of Americans.  This is the DEFINITION of the nanny-state.  The government and or sympathetic liberals feel that you can’t regulate yourself so they decide to regulate you for your own good.  It makes perfect sense when the government will now be paying for your healthcare…so to protect their ‘investment’ they start taking unprecedented steps.
The biggest problem I have with this affront to freedom is that ‘it is done for our own ‘good’.  Besides the financial incentives with ever expanding government involvement in health care, why does the government care?  What gives them to right to tell me how much salt I can or can’t have in my food?.  I will freely admit that most Americans eat to much salt, but that is their choice.  Just like pro-choice people say that a woman has the right to choose what to do with her body, don’t you have the freedom to choose how feed it?
 
    Freedom is a two-way street.  You carry the burden of doing the right (healthy) thing…and if you don’t you pay the consequences.  If you choose to eat a lot of salt, it is only right and fair for me to also NOT expect me to help subsidize your health-care because of your salty, hardened arteries.  I didn’t force you too eat it, so don’t force me to pay for it.

   Bit by bit, big government is chipping away at our freedoms.  Each piece by itself is nothing major, but over the slow accumulation of years it begins to add up.  The regulations in your life continue to compile and in the end, you are far less free and able to make decisions for yourself.  If the FDA gets away with this, what is next?  If salt, an essential nutrient can be regulated, what about trans fat, fat in general, sugar, red meat, etc.  I am reminded by Martin Niemoller’s poem:

“THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.

THEN THEY CAME for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.

THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

THEN THEY CAME for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.

THEN THEY CAME for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up.”

Granted its a much darker topic, but I think you understand the message.  Government regulation is the first step down the slippery slope the above poem embodies.  We are not there yet by far, but take pause.  We haven’t just stepped onto the slippery slope, we are starting to slide down.  Case in point:

– Seat belt laws went from a secondary offense  where you couldn’t be pulled over for it by itself to a primary driving offense where you could.

– The same can be said for motorcycle helmet regulation

–  All the various rules, regulations, and restrictions on products and activities of:

 A) a sexual nature (sex toys, strip clubs etc); 

B) vehicles like dirt-bikes, snow-mobiles, scooters, etc

C) public smoking laws

D) exotic pets

The list goes on.  Everything here is to protect you from yourself.  In each case, there are self-reliant, responsible ways to address each of the issues, but government doesn’t trust you do to it, so they do it for you.  Smoking is my favorite.  If you don’t want smoke in your favorite bar, then open your own bar, copying everything but allowing patrons to smoke.  You create a business opportunity and competition…things that are cornerstones to the American identity!

    Restrictions on your food is just the nex step.  These regulations give way to easily revoked freedoms, which eventually give way to the rights you don’t care about, which eventually give way to the rights you don’t use, until eventually there is nothing left to stop our most sacred rights from being stripped. 

That is where this slippery slope lands you – somewhere in a 1984-esque Orwellian police state.  It is unfathomable, but you can be comforted that these United States of America will be long gone (except in name) before that day comes to pass.

– G.S.

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