Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Death of Freedom of Choice

New York is considering banning trans-fats from restaurants. This makes my blood boil. Let me set the record straight: If you are overweight and have health problems due to it, it is your own damn fault. Period. No one made you eat at McDonald's and super size everything. No one put a gun to your head and made you eat extra helping of dessert. It is your fault. Period.

Lest anyone accuse me of being unsympathetic, I have been there. In high school, I weighed 180 pounds or so. By my sophomore year in college, I was about 225. I was no longer working out or running track, yet I was eating like I was. I made bad choices which led to my being overweight and very unhealthy. Now, I am about 190 pounds, and still losing weight. It is hard. Taking personal responsibility is hard. Life is hard, so suck it up and deal with it. Get your ass off the couch and take a walk. Eat smaller portions and make better choices about what you eat.

Like what you watch on TV, browse on the internet, or buy at a store, you are responsible for what you take in. Giving the government this kind of power is foolish and selfish. Take responsibility for yourself and your actions, and don't rely on elected officials. Don't want heart disease? Eat healthy and exercise. Don't want your kids to see objectionable things on TV or the internet? Then monitor what they watch and browse. They are YOUR children, so act like it.

The creep of socialism must be stopped. Taking responsibility for your own life first is one of the best steps we can take. Lead by example, not words, and others will follow you.