I’m always amused at the individuals who firmly believe that the answers to all the woes of this country can be solved through regulation. Whether a ploy to gain national attention or just because they are too stupid to understand the real issues at play; some of our elected officials seem bent on regulating America into an early grave.
Take those so-called energy drinks as an example. Two senators from Illinois (I’ll let you guess what side of the isle they originate from), have advanced the idea of allowing the already pus-filled FDA to legislate who may or may not consume drinks like NOS, Full Throttle, Red Bull, Amp and 5-hour Energy. They cite the fact that the FDA is looking into ‘claims’ that some individuals have died as a result of consuming one or more of these products. Mind you, there is not a shred of real evidence here, just a ‘feeling’.
OK, you political bozos. Here’s the bottom line. When (and if) there surfaces some tangible evidence that a link exists then fine, you go after these companies and shut them down on the grounds of criminal negligence. But, and this is an important but, do not begin to walk that slippery slope that would likely be the beginning of the regulation of natural foods. I’m sick and tired of others trying to tell me, a free American, what I can and cannot do. Trust me! As an citizen of the Republic, I’m more than capable of making a decision on consuming a product that might harm me – (i.e. alcohol, cigarette smoking and even driving my killing machine car). Let’s let the marketplace make the decision whether these companies survive or not. (Duh)!
For my part, I long ago quit smoking, have recently given up drinking and drive with a caution that borders on paranoia. I did that all on my own and without Mr. and Mrs. Nanny telling me to. And guess what else…I don’t consume products that are extremely high in caffeine. I made these decisions because I’m a free American with a working brain. However, I also support the right of my fellow citizens to pursue a more risky lifestyle. If Billie Bob the dimwit, who lives down my street is brave enough (or dumb enough) to drink those crappy energy drinks, then that’s his business. (After all, Nature has a wonderful way of culling the herd, doesn’t she)? Let’s let her do her job and let’s see you wet ends get busy on the real issues and figure out a way to save the Republic from the incredible financial mess you and you alone have created. Wait! Was that an oxymoron?