Submission Number: 00013
Received: 4/29/2011 2:22:59 PM
Commenter: Ed Lennox
State: New York
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Preliminary Proposed Nutrition Principles to Guide Industry Self-Regulatory Efforts; Project No. P094513
Attachments: No Attachments
The federal government has no legitimate right to meddle in the personal, peaceful affairs of its citizens. No government--federal, state or municipal--has the right to tell its citizens what they may or may not eat. No government--federal, state or municipal--has the right to stifle free speech (e.g. advertising) or to threaten U.S. citizens with fines or imprisonment or other coercive measures for exercising their First Amendment rights. The U.S. Constitution is a guarantor--not a dispenser--of all Americans' rights, including those of business people. The absolute rights of adult Americans cannot be sacrificed for the alleged "right" of children to eat "nutritiously" (as arbitrarily defined by sundry governmental agencies).
The "principles addressing the nutritional quality of foods" and the "proposed definitions of advertising, promotion, and other marketing activities" that are "recommended" by the Working Group (representatives from the FTC, the CDC, the FDA and the USDA) are merely veiled threats directed at the manufacturers of various food products with which the Working Group--for a variety of reasons and motives--takes issue. This Working Group would subvert the rights of American parents to raise their children as they best see fit, according to their own values, economic means and other personal choices. This one tentacle of the encroaching Nanny State would serve to entrench and embolden the supposed public servants of America, elevating them from servant to master. The people of The United States of America cannot afford to lose another battle in the war of government power vs. freedom of choice and personal responsibility.