I would say that Mike Bloomberg has put his foot in his mouth but that would imply that he is even slightly concerned about his remark or meant it in any other way than it sounds.
“I do think there are certain times we should infringe on your freedom,” Mr. Bloomberg said, during an appearance on NBC. He made the statement during discussion of his soda ban — just shot down by the courts — and insistence that his fight to control sugary drink portion sizes in the city would go forth.
Make special note of Bloomberg’s use of “we” and “you.” “We” is he and the other elites, unencumbered by such infringements since they are the ones that make the rules, not the ones that live by them.
There’s a deep philosophical problem in America and Mike Bloomberg embodies it. So many people will look at this quote and say “Well it’s true! There are times! You murder someone, you go to jail right? That’s taking your freedom!”
Watch for those arguments because they are coming and they miss the point entirely.
When a guy like Bloomberg says “we should infringe on your freedom,” he’s not talking about due process or constitutional limitations. He’s talking exactly about what we fought against in the American Revolution. He’s talking about tyranny. The ability for elites to make decisions for the rest of us that takes our freedom away solely because the wealthy few living in their ivory towers deemed it necessary for the “greater good.”
Mike Bloomberg doesn’t just have a Napoleon complex. He has a Napoleonic view of government. Think I’m overreacting? Think this is about sugary drinks and transfats? If so, I humbly submit the following imagery as my retort.