Thursday, April 1, 2010

Do Not Turn Your Civil Servants into Your Rulers

In 1992 New Jersey health officials ordered restaurants not to serve raw or runny eggs, to prevent the spread of salmonella bacteria.

Others, such as Mayor Bloomberg of NY, are trying to get you to quit cigarettes and to make it more difficult to eat at fast food restaurants. They know better, they're educated public officials and it is, they say, in the public's interest that such activities are prevented. In such ways are men turned from citizens into subjects.

Michigan' governor, the other day proclaimed:
That I, Jennifer M. Granholm, governor of the state of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 20, 2010, Michigan Meatout Day in Michigan. In observance of this day, I encourage the residents of this state to choose not to eat meat. Eating a healthy diet can be fun. Explore the different recipes that can be created by using fresh ingredients and by having a sense of adventure.
Granhom Declares Meatout

At least hers is but a suggestion. (For now).

In the 1980s and 1990s gay activists from ACT-UP demanded that AIDS sufferers should be allowed access to drugs even if they hadn't yet been approved by the FDA. Good for them. We need more of that sort of behavior.

The FDA should exist to say "these drugs are approved" and "those are not." But it is up to you to choose whether or not to heed the suggestions.

Do Not Turn Your Civil Servants into Your Rulers


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