Thursday, June 21, 2012

The American Pizza Community Strikes Back!

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Commercial speech is a subset of speech. Nothing in the text referenced above gives any indication Congress may treat it differently. So by what principle of law or logic did our "I swear to uphold the Constitution" Supervisors justify this camel's nose inside the tent?

People have a right to keep their mouths shut and their keyboard hands idle. Compelling cigarette manufacturers to issue warnings (THE SURGEON GENERAL HAS DETERMINED THAT SMOKING IS HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH) about their product violated this right. Not surprisingly, it served as a springboard to the later ban on televised cigarette advertising.

Why stop at mandating calorie counts on pizzeria menus? Pizzas are just plain fattening. They're also a staple of the college student, which means consumption often accompanies underage drinking and fornicating.

The public health and welfare considerations trump all of our sacrosanct parchment-protected liberties. Let's skip the preliminaries. Declare War on Pizza.


But remember, the era of Big Government is over!



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