Wednesday, February 13, 2008
The Anti-smoking Template
They're Coming After You
By Walter E. Williams
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
My February 2002 column, "They're Coming After You," warned that Americans who enthusiastically supported the anti-tobacco zealots' attack on smokers were, like decent Germans did during the 1920s and '30s, building the Trojan Horse that would one day enable a tyrant to take over. The whole issue of tobacco smoke nuisance is really a private property issue where the owner should decide how his private property shall be used, whether it's an office building, restaurant, bar or home. That's unless one group of people wishes to use the coercive powers of government, in the name of health or some other ruse, to impose their preferences upon others.
Anti-tobacco zealots don't have a monopoly on tyrannical designs. There are those who wish to control what we eat, and the successful attack on smokers has provided a template for their agenda. Chief among the food tyrants is the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). These tyrants want taxes on foods they deem as non-nutritious. They've even proposed a 5 percent tax on new television sets and video equipment and a $65 tax on each new car or an extra penny per gallon of gas. Why? They see watching television and videos, riding instead of walking, as contributing to obesity. Thus, in their view, just as tobacco companies were responsible for people smoking, television and video manufacturers are responsible for people being couch potatoes. Automobile companies are responsible for people riding instead of walking. The restaurant industry is responsible for American obesity.
Most evil done in the world is done in the name of promoting this or that supposed good. Americans turning away from rule of law and constitutional government are following in the footsteps of other people around the world who discovered their liberties gone and recovering them was next to impossible. But, what the heck. You might be among those Americans who don't smoke and are not obese, so why sweat it?
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Hitler's Anti-Smoking Campaign
Excerpts from Danny Miller:
Did you know that Hitler was the first world leader who campaigned against the evils of tobacco? Of course, he did it in a hideous way and drew connections between tobacco distributors and his ever-popular international conspiracy of Jews and communists, but he also had teams of doctors publishing research studies about the effects of cigarettes on the human body...
...the German anti-smoking research had to be abandoned wholesale after the war. If anything, at the end of the war cigarettes were seen as a potent symbol of American freedom—remember all those newsreels of American GIs tossing packs of cigarettes to the grateful crowds?
Yeah, Hitler and his NAZI's believed it was ok to burn people, but not tobacco... But the new fascists (mainly democrats, but quickly being joined by republicans) will sooner or later also come after you. They are slowly taking away America's freedoms. I wonder if I will live long enough to see the new revolution.