Breach: n. An act of breaking or failing to observe a law, agreement, or code of conduct. Is this what mayor of NYC, Michael R. Bloomberg, trying to achieve? On Thursday, September 13, 2012, New York City’s Board of Health approved a ban on the sale of beverages weighing over 16 oz. This only restricts restaurants, movie theaters, sports venues, coffee shops, pizza shops, delis, food trucks, and street carts, but nothing is ever created without a loop hole. Refills, anything that contains 50% or more of milk/milk-substitute, diet sodas, calorie-free drinks are permitted. Let’s not forget about the convenience stores like 7-Eleven . Bloomberg’s goal was to get people riled up topic. Mission accomplished. With that said, what’s the point of passing it?

 

       “That government is best which governs not at all” (Thoreau) No one wants the government breathing down their neck about what they can and cannot drink. It’s completely un-American. United States prides itself as a country with freedom, yet it approves of things such as a limitation of cup sizes. The American, no, the sensible thing to do is to leave things as it should be. "A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but when he has said or done otherwise, shall give him no peace" (Emerson) No one will understand the importance of being healthy if you force them to be. Each individual needs to make that decision his/herself.

 

       I get it. Obesity is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Health laws and regulations have to be enforced, but why pass something that has so many loopholes that Swiss cheese would be put to shame? The size of soda cups should the least of the government’s concerns. When restaurants like The Heart Attack Grill are open, cup sizes seem so miniscule.

       One might say that it’s utterly foolish to oppose the government, but that’s not true. "The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what it is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried" (Emerson) You can change the future. You can make a difference. You can let the future generations learn what it’s like to make their own choices rather than letting the government making decisions for them. Join me. Join me in the resistance of this absurd law. As President Barack Obama once said, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”