What is the United States of America known for today? Freedom. The rights I have as a US Citizen allows me to make decisions that affect my own life in a positive way. The rights I have are being limited more and more throughout the years.
What is freedom? Freedom is the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. Freedom is the thought of having the right to an action that doesn’t harm another individual. The government is becoming too involved in the everyday lives of the citizens that one can not make his own decisions. It’s getting to the point where the citizens are getting tired of being controlled too much. From a great story, 1984 by George Orwell, the people of Oceania were getting controlled and watched by “Big Brother” and every action or thought was getting altered by their government. In today’s society, that’s what it is turning into. The thing bothering me the most is the government trying to control what we eat. This is not ok!
In the clip of “Myths, Lies, and Complete Stupidity,” the producers hit a lot of great points of how the government is trying way too hard and are basically taking our rights away by controlling how much stores charge for different types of food. They are wanting to charge higher taxes for certain types of food based on fat count. A step that the governor of New York took was to ban the use of salt in restaurants. This was one step too far, and this is the type of decision that is driving people nuts! What gives government the right to take away these items? Apparently they are outraged by citizens’ obesity and being unhealthy, but these are our choices.
In Denmark the government took steps to control obesity by putting a “Fat Tax” on junk food. They charged more for less healthy food. The people of Denmark were not necessarily supportive of this whole idea, but they liked the effort to slow down obesity. In fact the citizens bought cheaper food that was even more unhealthy, defeating the whole purpose of this “Fat Tax.” Eventually, Denmark repealed this tax.
In Illinois the state government took steps as well to try to cut down the obesity by putting taxes on candy and fast food; however, going to a fast food restaurant isn’t always unhealthy. You can go there and get a burger or a salad. So they basically now are defeating the purpose by taxing salads and the more healthy food that is sold at fast food restaurants. The candy tax also is blowing up in their face. The health departments questioned what actually qualifies as candy? One Hershey milk chocolate bar was considered candy while the other Hershey cookies and cream bar were considered not to be candy because it contained flour. The government states they are trying to give us more choices of what to eat while at the same time they are banning things.
My outlook on this is that if people want to eat something, they should be able to have whatever they want and face their own consequences for it. Why is this any of the government’s right to take away what we want? If we want to eat what we want and get on the heavier side, then so be it. That’s our choice. If you want to eat what you want and not be on the heavier side , then exercise. The government is blaming everything on the food we eat, while I see it as the US citizens just being straight up lazy. What business is it of the government of what I put in my own body?