PCP: NYC large soda ban unconstitutional

Anne Buie

Abbi Pittman

The following is part of a Point-Counter Point discussing New York City’s recent ban of sugary beverages over 16 oz. 

Read the counter-point here


Anne BuieAs I’m writing this, I’m drinking Cheerwine from a 20 oz. cup.

On my way to buy the drink in Cascades, I had a variety of options – did I want water or soda? Diet or regular? Large, medium or small?

Starting in March, New York City residents won’t have the same choices I do, thanks to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s newest law.

The law bans retailers from selling sugared beverages larger than 16 oz.

And I’m completely outraged by this.

Regardless of the obesity rates in America, it is not the government’s place to get involved in what people are allowed to eat or drink.

The constitution directly says the people are to be provided justice, civil peace, common defense – those things of a general welfare that they could not provide themselves and freedom.

Nowhere is it even implied the government should get involved with our health.

Where can we, the people, draw the line? How much can the government interfere. 

In NYC, this is hardly the first time Bloomberg has made the ultimate decision to get involved with the health of the city.

He’s banned smoking in public areas and forced calorie counts to be listed on menus in chain restaurants.

Where is he getting this power?

From us Americans, since power is after all “derived from the consent of the governed.” 

We need to reevaluate how far our government can go. This is a prime example.

It’s insulting that the mayor thinks we need the government hold our hands and limit what we can and can’t eat.

I fail to see how anyone could think this law is a good idea.

Buie, a sophomore political science major from Charlotte, is the managing editor.