In its response, the Bloomberg administration said, "It would be irresponsible for (the health board) not to act in the face of an epidemic of this proportion."
If the case were so compelling, the mayor should have made his case to City Council, heard out citizens' objections, and tried to win council's support.
But he didn't. He and the health board simply decided what legal products business may sell, and how much of it citizens may buy.
This is crackers. A government that requires businesses to go through all sorts of hoops and red tape to get various permits is itself unwilling to comply with the requirements of the democratic process.
The purpose of American government is not to control citizens but to protect and defend their liberty.
Courts should remind high officials of that fact.