Meghyn Winslow's life as experienced by... Meghyn Winslow.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Criminal Justice HW
I think that parental rules often overstep the bounds of what American government is supposed to be. Adjusting government as time passes is one thing, such as protecting civil liberties and expanding to extend rights to women, peoples of African descent, etc. Those are good and necessary and worthy goals. However, the government is not to act as parent to the people. This is not only ineffective, it is unnecessary and counter-intuitive to all the rules in place to preserve freedom.
As a parent I know that if you create a rule and enforce it by punishment, that what results is more people being punished. Which is harder on them, harder on me, harder on bystanders. This is a microcosm of what happens when the government creates parental laws designed to keep individuals from making personal decisions (even if those laws are made to protect). In some cases laws prohibit some personal choice but protect not only the chooser but other people (ex: abortion, smoking bans, FDA regulations). These rules I place in a different category, as personal choice that harms others isn't the same, because you're not allowing the other person or persons to make their own choice.
Mayor Bloomberg is re-known for marching to the beat of his own drum and in this case he seems to have been trying to avoid things that would have stalled or stopped completely his forward movement. Possibly he was trying to keep pressure off of local law enforcers by putting the responsibility on restaurant inspectors. I agree with Mayor Bloomberg that "sugary drinks" are a large problem in keeping the obesity epidemic under control. In my house there is no ban specifically on sugar drinks. I just provide healthier alternatives like no sugar added juices, water, milk, almond milk, etc. and tell my kids (and anyone else who will listen) about the danger of consuming so many useless and possibly harmful calories. If I were the Mayor I would focus on education and perhaps stopping fast food restaurants from charging for water. Some restaurants you cannot have a lid if you get their 8 oz. courtesy cup of water (Penn Station). That is an egregious point against making healthier decisions.
In short, I believe the government is crossing the line when trying to force healthy decisions on the American people. Poor personal decisions often have long lasting and sometimes devastating effect, but it does not change that it is within a person's right to determine what best works for them in their pursuit for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.