Big Government and Nanny State
Jeff Soyer on 21 Jun 2011 07:18 pm
Folks, I am not about to come to the defense of tobacco and cigarettes. However, we live in a supposedly free society where citizens are to be allowed to make personal choices in their lifestyles. [Didn’t you just write about this last night? — ed.][Yes — js]
If the elitist left and the Obysma Administration wants to outlaw tobacco, then just do it and let the chaos and smuggling ensue. Almost a hundred years ago prohibition worked wonderfully for booze. And, how’s that “war on drugs” going for you? Short of a ban, though, if they are going to allow it (tobacco) to remain a legal product, and tax it as a legal product, then stop interfering with the right to manufacture, market, sell, and buy it. Stepping back a few clauses, since both the federal and the state governments depend upon the hefty taxes imposed on tobacco sales to fund many a non-tobacco-related programs, and any tax would reduce that valuable cash-flow, why would they do this?
Rotting teeth and gums. Diseased lungs. A sewn-up corpse of a smoker. Cigarette smoke coming out of the tracheotomy hole in a man’s neck. Cigarette packs in the U.S. will have to carry these macabre images in nine new warning labels that are part of a campaign by the Food and Drug Administration to use fear and disgust to discourage Americans from lighting up.
The new cigarette package requirement will encompass the top-half of both the front and back of each cigarette pack. Gross pictures on both. The new regulation goes into effect in the fall of 2012.
Now, here’s the problem about all of this. It would be easy to just blame liberals for this intrusion into the still-legal marketing of a still-legal product. But, that would be wrong since a whole lot of supposedly “anti-government regulation and intrusion” proclaiming Republicans also support this bill. They are just as hypocritical as Democrats.
Members of the Choir, we live in fucked-up times. Both major political parties want to control our lives in every way.
Neither of them offer a candidate for any national or state office that would legislate (or preferably NOT legislate) otherwise.
Sadly, no third-party candidate stands a chance these days and would only siphon off votes from the “less awful” choice.
We are doomed. I can’t afford to buy a gun these days — but, you can. And should. Not that I’m advocating anything other than that because that would be illegal. But, a firearm is handy to have around the house. In these times. Start with a 12 gauge pump-gun. I hope to have one in a few months. With a few kind donations to the “tip-jar” that is . . .