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March 9, 2013 - 2:56 pm

What a relief. The thought of seeing Bloomberg in exercise clothing was giving me a sour stomach.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg may be one of the world’s biggest proponents of government action to promote public health, but Hizzoner has his limits. In his weekly radio appearance on John Gambling’s radio show, the mayor was asked whether he would consider ordering mandatory gym memberships and he admitted that’s taking things too far.

“Well, you have to be practical about what legally you can do and what people will do,” said Mr. Bloomberg. “The nice thing about the soda thing is it’s really just a suggestion. So, if you want to buy 32 ounces, you just have to carry it back to your seat in two cups. And maybe that would convince you to only take one, but if you want two you can do it. I think government’s job … is to give you advice, not to force you do things.”

So that’s why government was created. Forget Locke. Forget Montesquieu. Forget Hobbes, Madison, and Jefferson. Government is there to give us advice — sort of like paying Dear Abbey $3.7 trillion to tell us how to get out of that terrible relationship, or what position we should use during sex that will keep him from straying.

“Although there are some things we try and force you to do,” he continued. “If there’s asbestos in the classroom or your office building, we force you out. If you want to drink and drive, we try and stop you–although sometimes not as successfully as you’d like. … I think some of these other things–calorie counts we’ve done in chain restaurants so you can see what you’re eating–[are okay]. But when it comes to forcing you, … the only thing the government can do practically–and I think should do–is education. Exercise is great for you, but how do you convince people to do it? And should you force them to do it? Probably not.”

Here is a man who gets his rocks off forcing people to do stuff — in short, controlling people. You get the impression he truly regrets being unable to force citizens to join a gym and exercise their way to good health.

Even asking the question of whether government should force people to exercise reveals an authoritarian streak that makes Mayor Bloomberg a danger to liberty. He may be a billionaire. But he is wildly deficient in knowledge of how to govern prudently in America.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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I am reminded of title of Jonah Golberg's book comes to mine whenever I hear the phrase, Mayor Bloomberg -- Liberal Fascism.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Bloomberg should say that if you can escape the police for at least 3 hours on foot for minor offences (e.g. low drug possession, possession of 2 litres of coke etc.), you cannot be punished.

By encouraging people to run from the police, we will see a healthier society.
1 year ago
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Don't worry. Very soon Bloomie will change his mind. Then he will start requiring all residents to wear cell phones or similar devices with tracking apps to make sure they move enough to meet his requirements. Then the feds could jump in and require the like for everyone, possibly including cameras to record what you are doing, you know, to make sure you aren't just twirling the thing around and certainly not to spy on you 24/7.
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"But when it comes to forcing you, … the only thing the government can do practically–and I think should do–is education. Exercise is great for you, but how do you convince people to do it? And should you force them to do it? Probably not.”

Gosh, where to start. So education is 'forced'? That's enough reason alone to take your kids out of public schools. If there was any doubt before, Doomberg has removed it that liberals are force feeding our kids the liberal, socialist doctrine - so they'll be good little worker bees who won't think on their own or cause problems, & recycle, drive battery-powered clown cars, not drink 20oz sodas, fund global warming, and believe that all money belongs to government, as Nancy Pelosi just revealed (we kinda knew before) she believes.

So we can't force people to exercise? Fine - then don't force me pay for their health care either. If I'm paying for their diabetes meds & supplies, then I say make 'em get their fat butts up off the sofa and go run a few laps or pedal a few miles, every day.
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