New York’s nanny mayor takes another hit for overstepping his executive authority:
New York City’s plan to ban large sugary drinks from restaurants and other eateries was an illegal overreach of executive power, a state appeals court ruled on Tuesday, upholding a lower court decision in March that struck down the law.
The unanimous appellate division of the New York State Supreme Court based it’s ruling on the “separation of powers” doctrine that the founding fathers enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. They were heavily influenced by the French philosopher Montesquieu, who wrote that the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of government should be separate and equal in order to provided a system of “checks and balances” on their respective powers.
The founding fathers understood some basic principles of human nature, perhaps best captured in this quote by Montesquieu: It is an eternal experience that every man who holds power is drawn to abuse it; he will proceed until he finds the limits.
It’s almost as if Montesquieu had a foreboding premonition of Michael Bloomberg when he wrote those words.
William F. Buckley was no doubt thinking of meddlers just like Bloomberg when he prophetically offered his definition of a liberal as, “Someone who wants to reach into your shower and adjust the water temperature.”