Freedom is easy to give up, but hard to get back
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is now running for the Democrat’s presidential nomination, is not a fan of freedom.
When he was mayor of the Big Apple, Bloomberg decided he knew better than people who consumed large, sugary drinks.
Bloomberg banned them in NYC. His idea was that he, as the ruler of New
York City, knew what was better than those whom he governed.
When a court overturned Bloomberg’s ban on freedom to decide what people wanted to drink, he said people need to understand that government does know best and in those cases, Americans should just cede their rights.
“I do think there are certain times we should infringe on your freedom,” Bloomberg said.
That’s the sign of somebody who thinks he is a ruler, not a public servant.
As mayor of America’s largest city, he not only wanted to ban large sized soft drinks, he wanted to ban guns and even tried to force hospitals to lock up baby formula to force mothers to breast-feed newborns.
Does Bloomberg think he was given the royal right to decide for new mothers if they should breast feed their newborns?
Bloomberg doesn’t really want to be President of the United States. He wants to be the king like Europe had in the old days. The king’s word was law and he knew better than the people what was good for them.
Here is an example of how “government knows better than the governed” doesn’t work:
Air pollution in Mexico City got so bad that there are recorded incidents of birds flying into the city and falling dead from the sky because they could not get enough oxygen.
In 1992, the United Nations declared Mexico City to have the most polluted air in the world.
Local officials decided the problem was caused by too many cars.
Mexico City’s altitude is 7,382 feet above sea level and this causes oxygen levels to be about 25 percent lower than other towns closer to sea level.
It also causes gasoline and diesel fuel not to completely combust in an engine. This makes exhaust fumes more toxic.
In a “government knows better than the governed” moment, city officials decided to ban the use of all automobiles one day a week.
These elected officials thought “less cars on the road equals less pollution.”
The program worked like this: restrictions were based on the last number of a vehicle’s license plate.
Personal and business vehicles with license plates ending in “5” or “6” could not be used on Mondays. Other number controlled use on other days.
The idea was to use force people to use public transportation or bicycles at least one day a week.
To their surprise, this government program did not decrease air pollution. It actually increased it.
These government officials could not understand how that was possible.
Instead of increasing the use of the city’s pubic transportation, there was no real change in the use of electric trains and buses.
If given a choice, the people didn’t want to use those forms of transportation because it took longer to get to work than using a car.
Some people just used a taxi to get to and from work on those days their cars were banned. Taxis in Mexico City are inefficient and pollute more than most privately owned vehicles. This caused more pollution.
Some people bought old model and cheap cars — those vehicles usually caused more pollution — and drove those cars on the days their regular car was banned.
People don’t like being told what to do by government.
The people of Mexico City found ways to get around this government program and still get to work in a car.
When any elected official says he or she knows how to do things better than the people they represent, remember how that worked out in Mexico City.
Here is an important life truth: When Bloomberg-like candidates try to convince people they know better and the governed should just give up their freedom and let those who know best run their lives, never vote for them.
Freedom is easy to give up, but hard to get back.
JIM HARRIS Conservative Corner