The runaway government of liberals continues to trample American liberties as the food wars continue. (For instance, “Cambridge mulling soda ban;” “Preschooler’s Homemade Lunch Replaced;” “Davis High fined for soda sales violation.” Notice that the last article states, “Davis High School has been fined $15,000 after they were caught selling soda pop during lunch hour, which is a violation of federal law.” Let that sink in… selling soda in a public school during the lunch hour is a VIOLATION OF FEDERAL LAW! And note the typical bureaucratic stupidity of the law as noted by principal Dee Burton.)
Of course, there are many who side with these government actions and tell us that they are only doing what is “good for us.” Hey, I agree that sodas and snacks have become much more than the occasional treat they were decades ago as they began to first hit the market. I agree that there negative health issues arise from overuse. But the danger to Americans is not poor nutrition, in spite of how important that issue is; the danger is the creation of a government that gains greater and greater control over our everyday lives. Regardless of how tyrannical a government becomes, it will always be dictating what is “good for us.”
So there are those who are cheering government intrusion to protect us from those dastardly sodas that force their ways into our bodies because we are helpless to make our own good choices. Will they all be cheering the next rounds of data?
Over the last decade, the nation’s war on obesity has targeted some fairly obvious culprits, including fast food, pastries, fried foods and soda.
But recent scientific studies and a new government-sponsored documentary that aired recently on HBO have identified a new, less obvious enemy: fruit juice.
This might surprise the many parents and school districts that in recent years have proudly ditched soda in favor of 100 percent juice. But health experts increasingly agree that it is not a better alternative.
“Juice is just like soda, and I’m saying it right here on camera,” pediatric obesity specialist Robert Lustig said in the documentary “Weight of the Nation,” produced in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “There is no difference. When you take fruit and squeeze it, you throw the fiber in the garbage. That was the good part of the fruit. The juice is nature’s way of getting you to eat your fiber.”
Water is great for us; I’m drinking some now as I complete this article. But do we want government imposing on us only water as our beverage choice? Every liberal who cheers bigger government regulation as a good thing wants this. They may say otherwise, but micromanaging the lives of American citizens has been the goal of liberalism since at least the Woodrow Wilson administration. The same liberals who have paraded around demanding that government get out of their bedrooms have no problem with this government invasion into our kitchens, living rooms, bathrooms, pocketbooks, and bank accounts. For all their yammering about conservatives restricting personal freedom, reality tells us that the assaults on liberty originate from liberals’ policies. They are, after all, America’s “progressives.”
Oh, and to celebrate all this wonderful news, I have put some bottles of my favorite cherry-blueberry juice from Michigan in the fridge to so that I can enjoy a chilled bottle at lunch. Just think, the day is approaching when it will be legal to light up a joint and illegal to possess a bottle of orange juice. Ah yes, life in the land of left-believe.