This will shock you:I think Constitutional freedoms are highly overrated in the USA because they are preventing us achieving international norms in many areas. Health standards is just one area. For example we have free enterprise HMOs to privatise profits from the supply of medical care. This often results in necessary treatments being withheld in hospitals and HMO members being allowed to die because making profits does not allow for expensive treatments.
I think making food standards is a role for government and it must be directed at the supply side. The infringements on Constitutuinal freedoms would be much greater if they attempted to do it on the demand side.
I somewhat agree. I think that the original constitutional freedoms have been so watered down and dare I say “liberalized” that any infringement upon anything remotely pertaining to a “freedom” becomes something to rule upon. I believe there to be some sort of cliche in this that ends up with the downfall of a nation but I can’t put my finger on it…..
There’s no Constitutional issue involved here. It’s an ethical one.
Where does it stop, and who decides? Trans fats are bad, so we regulate them. A few years ago, salt was bad for us — regulate that. Oh — some salt is good, so we need to change those regs. Some think red meat is bad — gotta regulate that, then.
So, those who crave the “forbidden” food stop going to restaurants and prepare it at home. Then the government starts applying similar regulation to grocery stores.
The end of that train of thought has us eating only officially sanctioned, government approved, bureaucracy prepared pseudo-meals.
Sorry, that’s a slippery slope we just need to stay away from.
I think Constitutional freedoms are highly overrated in the USA because they are preventing us achieving international norms in many areas.
You’ve got a long way to go to make that argument stick. I see lots of stuff in the way of catching up with most of the other wealthy western democracies, but freedom just ain’t one of ’em.
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