Government knows best, according to New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
You’ve doubtless heard of him and his attempts to ban large sodas, trans fats, guns and even baby formula (women should breastfeed, Bloomberg has decided).
Bloomberg was on NBC on Sunday, discussing his soda ban, which was struck down in court, when he said, “I do think there are certain times we should infringe on your freedom.”
Nice of him to admit it.
“We,” of course, means government, and as far as Bloomberg is concerned, you should just give up your freedoms whenever government says.
After all, “they” know best.
Bloomberg has got it bad. Power always goes to the head, but when the people in government start thinking of themselves as a separate class of human being from you — “we” vs. “you” — then there’s a serious problem.
What’s even weirder is when people who elected the government cede that sort of power to the individuals in it. For the life of me, I cannot fathom why Bloomberg hasn’t been hustled out the door under armed guard, shoved into a taxi and driven to the border of New York State.
I always thought the people of New York were supposed to be tough, but apparently they like having Bloomberg wipe their noses for them.
The people in government are not anything special. They have no magical abilities or special insight into what’s good for other people. They certainly aren’t better qualified than you to tell you what you need.
No, these are the same people you grew up with in school — the ones who joined student government promising to put better M&Ms in the vending machines or reduce homework then never did anything notable except put on the same lame school dances that were put on every year.
A few of them were the people who used to shake you down for your lunch money.
But now that they’re in the real government, they expect you to believe they deserve nothing less than obedience. And they won’t be called to task, whether it’s on soda bans or purchases of billions of rounds of ammunition for “target practice.”
To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, the nine most terrifying words in the English language are, “We’re from the government and we’re here to help.”
The only “we” allowed in public life should be followed by “the people.”