I love this section of Aaron Goldstein's article on the reversal of Bloomberg's ban on soda: "This country has survived two World Wars, a Depression, and a major terrorist attack. There was a time not so long ago when soda was the least of our problems."
In the same vein, Alan Caruba writes (in his column perfectly named "Stupid Food and Drink Bans"), "The founders of this nation fought a Revolution to rid themselves of a
monarch and a parliament that thought they could and should tax
everything it could to pay for their wars. Today, the vast bulk of
Americans simply roll over and accept every idiotic law passed by
Congress and others who feel they are empowered to determine every
aspect of your life. They aren’t."