Is there any place to hide from the Food Police?
I have been reading that at least one large American city City may soon ban the sale of soda pop drinks larger than 16 ounces – - -by Law!
Does that mean that when I go to visit that city I should take a few friends along to make “Buys” for me or should I just go to several different locations and buy a 16 oz soda at each of them? Is someone in some kind of uniform going to be keeping an eye on me to see how many soda pops I might have on my person?
If I were to pull such a scam off, would I be subject to a $5,000 fine and Ten years in jail?
Does anything think that the day will come when there will be a scale at the entrance to all restaurants and people who weigh over a certain limit will not be seated or served in the eatery?
Will I live to see the day when I go into a restaurant and there is a sign hanging over the counter that says, “We Reserve The Right To Refuse Service To Fat People?”
I don’t think Americans have to worry all that much about their Homeland becoming a totalitarian state because the way I see it, some of our big cities are already becoming smaller versions of self-contained somewhat totalitarian city-states right now. (All those local ordinances and everything – - – you know what I am saying, right?)
You know what I want to know, folks? I want to know how and when the “Gubmint” decided it had the right to dictate to me when and where I can eat and what I can put into my mouth?
Isn’t there something in the Constitution that protects my right to eat a handful of dirt if I feel like it?
If there isn’t something in the Constitution that protects my right to eat french fried pastries with chocolate syrup and marshmallows on top with french fried potatoes on the side, can’t some of the more Revisionist of the Righties get their heads together and storm up to Congress and get an amendment passed?
If they could do that, I might even consider changing my politics.
Will the day come when a police cruiser pulls over, the door opens and a police person gets out and confronts me and demands to have me empty my pockets to see if there are any contraband “Forbidden Foods” like extra-fattening chocolate covered cherries or something?
I can almost see the cop and his or her partner confiscating my illegal foods with a warning and a ticket for a court appearance because of my bad food choices that somehow negatively affect the Public Safety.
The “Gubmint” already took away my right to smoke.
I mean I can’t light up a cigarette in a bar anymore but I can legally carry a loaded gun to church.
What the H—?
O.K., let me make a few suggestions that will help advance the cause of over zealous government in The United States:
(1) Since sugar is supposedly an addictive food substance, let us get it banned and available only by prescription. Let us pass laws to make common table sugar into a controlled substance.
If we do that, we can help fill those privatized prisons that demand 90% continuous occupancy rates with “Felons” who have gotten caught with an ounce or less of sugar in their possession.
The fines collected because of such laws might even save some localities and jurisdictions from bankruptcy in a down turned economy.
Helluva good idea, I would say!
(2) On the same line of thinking, I believe we should also get laws passed outlawing the use of all forms of food oils, shortenings, lard, grease, fat around the edges of steaks and chops and every other conceivable form of food fat that we can think of.
“Ice Cream is verboten!”
“No, you can’t have cake for your birthday – - – you are having cabbage rolls!”
(3) Broccoli should become the National Food just like the Bald Eagle is the National Symbol. This could be accomplished by Executive Order I am sure.
(4) The Flag of The United States should have the field of stars replaced with a large plate of healthy vegetables.
(5) People who are caught eating sweets should be required to attend “Dry Out” treatments and be placed on probation until such time as the courts determine they can be trusted not to become obese.
Of course I am not really advocating for any of these things but I am wondering what the possibility is of their becoming reality in the Orwellian Future that may confront us – - – especially if The Radical Right Wing Purist Extremists get control of the government for any appreciable length of time?
Will I live to see “Food Choices” contested in the court system with the same intensity that Abortion and Contraception has been?
Will there someday be a version of “Row and Wade” that addresses who can eat what and how much and under what circumstances?
Will the day come in America when schools will be training their young students to observe and “Rat Out” their parents for “Food Violations” at the dinner table?
“Your Dad ate what?”
It don’t look good to me folks – - – I don’t want the government to be telling me what I can eat and drink.
If they can get away with that one, they might get to the point someday when they feel as if they have the power to tell me when and where I can breathe.
Or – - – if I can at all.
Posted by John Liming as part of his continuing Diary of Political Opinions.