By Chris Rossini
Few cities have as much or more historical significance than Philadelphia. It is the home of the Declaration of Independence, which is a wonderful document with many libertarian underpinnings. How sad it is to see what has become of the "city of brotherly love".
Philadelphia will become the first large American city to impose a sin tax on sugary drinks on Thursday in what could be a tipping point in the long-running war between health advocates and the soda industry.
That's right, Philadelphians have come full circle from opposing England's "stamp tax" to imposing a "sin tax" on sugary drinks.
What a sign of the times.
Of course "health advocates" can more accurately be described as "health bullies," who seek to use the violence of government to micromanage free choosing individuals.
Neither the health bullies, nor the government have a right to tell Philadelphians what to put into their bodies. They have their own bodies to take care of. That's as far as their dominion should extend. Philadelphians are not their property.
If only Thomas Jefferson could see what has happened in the home of the Liberty Bell. If he could only see what has become of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."