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Mob Rule, Alive and Well – But Coughing on Second-Hand Smoke

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As I was roaming about the house, muttering under my breath with outrage at yet another “How dare you question The One! Racist Crackers! ” demonization of conservatives, I couldn’t help but think, and thus become further dismayed, that I wasn’t really surprised.

It is obvious that few, including Congress, understand that America is a Constitutional Republic and not a Pure Democracy. The reason: Our founders, in their infinite wisdom, made it so that mob rule cannot reign. So that mobocracy does not occur and individuals, even a minority in number, are protected from a tyranny of the majority. This is supposed to be done by checks, such as actually following that pesky old Constitution and not legislating morality or behavior.

Seems easy, right? Makes sense? Well, apparently sense and principle and beliefs upon which our Nation was founded go right out the window if you simply don’t like something. I speak of smoking bans, which have now gone so far as to ban smoking outside. No, really. In Seattle, natch (excerpt from Reason.com:

Yesterday, overruling an advisory panel’s recommendation, Seattle Parks Superintendent Timothy Gallagher imposed a comprehensive tobacco ban on the city’s parks. Although protecting bystanders from secondhand smoke is the most common justification for such bans, Gallagher’s rationale is wider:

“The negative health effects of tobacco are well documented. As an agency that has a fundamental mission to support the health and well-being of Seattle residents, it is appropriate and beneficial to prohibit the use of tobacco products at parks and park facilities.”

In other words, Gallagher is intent on using his power as parks superintendent not only to protect park patrons from the occasional whiff of someone else’s cigarette smoke but to protect them from the ill effects of their own unhealthy habits. Hence the inclusion of smokeless tobacco, which poses no conceivable threat to passers-by (and also is much less hazardous to consumers than cigarettes).

Anyone who believes in freedom and liberty should be outraged that the rights of private citizens and business owners are being usurped, all for “your own good”. And, if you oppose Obamacare, you should oppose smoking bans. It has nothing to do with whether or not you personally smoke. It has everything to do with freedom.

Where are the rallying cries of “My body, My choice” now? The cries of “Stay out of our bedrooms” now? The new cries are Stay out of my uterus, but come on into my lungs ? Stay out of my bedroom, but welcome to my private business, my apartment, my condo, my car and the AIR? Because it has come to that.

The city of Belmont passed a law banning smoking everywhere except for single family detached homes. Which means you can only smoke in your own home if you are posh enough to afford a single family home there (about $900,000.00). Own a condo? Too bad.

Minnesota legislators put forth a bill last year to ban smoking in your own car. Yes, your car. If they plan on making my car payment for me, then maybe. Otherwise, keep your Nanny State nose out of it, thank you very much.

Minnesota has banned smoking in workplaces, bars and restaurants. Some suburban communities have banned smoking in parks, and university campuses are taking up the fight, too.

Now, under a bill expected to be introduced today at the state Capitol, lawmakers will consider extending that prohibition to your ride.

Backed by the same groups that helped enact the statewide ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, the new bill would prohibit smoking in cars when children are present.

It’s For The Children ™ ! And probably for The Middle Class as well, somehow. I guess I’m just a girl, thus I don’t understand science thingies, but I simply don’t fathom how we all aren’t gasping our last breaths from all the second hand smoke that we breathed in as children in the 70s!

Like everything else that is allegedly for the children, it comes down to money out of taxpayers’ pockets; it’s funny how the government relies on smoker’s money. They passed an increase in the SCHIP (children’s health insurance ) so that people making up to $63,000 a year now get free health insurance for their kids. They plan to pay for this by the increase of the Federal excise tax on cigarettes from 39 cents to $1.00 a pack. So, you want people to smoke for the revenue you receive? But then, after they’ve paid, they should just shut up and crawl back into a corner? The criminalization of smokers; outside bars you see them all huddled together like Fagin’s Gang.

And I suppose that workers out of a job due to declining bar revenues can take comfort in the fact that they weren’t exposed to smoke. While they collect their unemployment checks.

Liberals and Conservatives are united in this. Conservatives conveniently forget their belief in limited government, liberty without government intervention and the free market. A private business owner should have the choice to run his or her business the way he or she chooses. If he wishes to accommodate smokers, that is his right. He OWNS the property. You are not required to enter. Do not enter, if you do not want to be exposed to the evils of second-hand smoke and the cooties of smokers. It is truly that simple.

They are in collusion with the liberal Nanny Staters who believe it is their right, as they are so much smarter than I, to tell me how to live my life. They are both wrong. Dangerously wrong. Where are the people standing up for private rights now? Everyone has rights, except for the new second-class citizens, smokers.

Thomas Jefferson once said “If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny. “

Eerily accurate, no? People want the Government to protect them from absolutely every single risk, even just the mere potential of harm? Good old TJ also said this:

Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have … The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases. “

When we begin to censor – even criminalize – one segment of the population, including what results in the seizure of their private property, it is inevitable that it will happen again and again to curtail other liberties (that old slippery slope.) Which sort of brings me back to what outraged me originally; the next target is any speech that hurts anyone else’s feelings, isn’t showing “Unity” or that any group deems offensive.

It started with smoking, it is moving on to trans-fats and high fructose corn syrup — just wait and see what happens if Socialized Medicine in the form of Obamacare comes to pass and they really have a say in every single thing you do, with the ability to determine your personal choices in the name of protecting you from yourself.  Because, when fascism comes to America, it will come wearing a white coat, carrying a stethoscope and asking you to bend over and cough.

P.S. Prohibition never works. Ever. How’s that War on Drugs going?

» 30 Comments

  1. Diann

    February 22nd, 2010

    Lori, Darn Tootin’!

    Isn’t it ironic that back in the nineties when Rudy was cleaning up NYC by trying to get the whores off 42nd Street, all the libs were shrieking about what a nazi he was, but these same douchebags are CHEERING Bloomberg for making trans fats illegal and waging war on sodium intake. How is it that concept of irony appears to be lost on liberals? Sweet fancy Moses.

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  2. Dede

    February 22nd, 2010

    The revolution is coming.

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  3. [...] Lori Ziganto’s latest article at iowntheworld.com [...]

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  4. Dixie

    February 22nd, 2010

    Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) observed:

    “The urge to save humanity is always
    a false front for the urge to rule it.”

    http://www.stormfax.com/Mencken.jpg

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  5. Dixie

    February 22nd, 2010

     
  6. Frank

    February 22nd, 2010

    Chef Hymie Grande (www.chefhymiegrande.com ) is the first and only bottled BBQ sauce to carry the seal of the American Diabetes Association on the label. It has no high fructose corn syrup, no processed sugar, it is all natural and vegan friendly. It is produced by Jamie Failtelson, a.k.a. Chef Hymie Grande of Carlstadt, NJ. 5% of proceeds go to the American Diabetes Association.

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  7. Grayscape

    February 22nd, 2010

    Hey – but homo sex in public restrooms is progressive and liberating… Right hiney?

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  8. LeBron Steinman

    February 22nd, 2010

    Does Chef Hymie “Spam” Grande burn his ribs outside?
    If so he’s in Nanny State doo-doo.

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  9. Bigun

    February 22nd, 2010

    I need my cigar or pipe after read’n that.

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  10. mark

    February 22nd, 2010

    Duct tape … its the only way I can keep my head from exploding.

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  11. Assman

    February 22nd, 2010

    they dont have to ban smokers but would love to see smokers who flip their butts out the car window get waterboarded…

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  12. Wyatt AARP

    February 22nd, 2010

    Good news: Due to the concerned intervention of Nanny State legislators around the nation, I have given up tobacco altogether. I now plan to spend my time counseling young women to have abortions (Planned Parenthood, freedom of choice) while dreaming of acts of sodomy (Kevin Jennings) after getting stoned on all sorts of neat designer drugs (victim – eligible for rehabiliation) and cheating on my wife multiple times (T. Woods – sex addition rehabilitation clinic).

    Thank you, Progressives, for making my life choices so much more simple (and presumably, more fun).

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  13. Diann

    February 22nd, 2010

    Wyatt,
    I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry.

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  14. Horrorman18

    February 22nd, 2010

    Diann,
    When you mentioned Bloomberg it reminded me of something he was trying to do with paying parents who made sure their kids went to school …brought them to the doctor when they are sick. The only thing more disturbing than that was Bloomberg’s response to the idea…he said well at least they would be doing what we want them to do

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  15. maryann

    February 22nd, 2010

    Ha, just wait until you have gov’t health care. In Canada they banned trans fat. Oreo’s will never taste the same, nor will fig newtons, bought some the other day and couldn’t believe it, they tasted nothing like they used to. Smoking banned, it’s a constant assault in the name of “well if we have to pay for your health care”.
    Yet ask the lazy lib teachers to supervise the kids outside at recess or stay after school to coach basketball, no way.

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  16. maryann

    February 22nd, 2010

    Oh and I forgot to mention Section 13 and hate speech in Canada.
    this is what it comes to in the end.

    http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/canada-charges-comedian-with-not-being-funny/2/

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  17. Dadtomany

    February 22nd, 2010

    Next up for New York, (and the almost equally nanny state, Kahleefornia) banning of Lori Ziganto articles and blog entries. Don’t want anybody exposed to any Secondhand Snark which has been proven to cause mild intelligence and even critical thinking in laboratory rats. And anybody with a high school reading level (at least those with half a brain).

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  18. cakes

    February 22nd, 2010

    Wanna drive these rights violators crazy? Insist all swimming pools be removed from everyplace on earth, public and private with government funds- why? It’s the number one killer of children- next to abortion, of course.

    I had a smoking debate with another couple while we were eating in a very fancy restaurant. The husband, who was on his 3rd vodka, was outraged that someone walked in with a cigarette. I pointed out that he had a MUCH higher risk of dying from driving home that night, than he did from being exposed to 30 seconds of cigarette smoke. What idiots.

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  19. JINGOIST

    February 22nd, 2010

    FANTASTIC post Lori! You have a new fan. I ran into your article over at David Horowit’s blog. This subject has always been a pet peeve of mine, but so are ALL infringements on our natural rights.

    Thanks again for shedding some light on an ever-darkening world!

    Morgan

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  20. The Dude

    February 22nd, 2010

    This is how it can be a “green” movement

    http://pics.livejournal.com/sean_kennedy/pic/000bt06b

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  21. Alpha Maser

    February 22nd, 2010

    The negative effects of being a welfare queen (or prince) spawning babies like a queen bee while on the perpetual dole have been well documented too. Its Detroit, Chicago, Philedephia…, N-more. Sheesh…

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  22. BigFurHat

    February 22nd, 2010

    Are Toyotas banned from the park?

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  23. Papadoc

    February 22nd, 2010

    Any tax aimed at a selected minority is fraught with moral difficulties. Every city in the country now has exorbitant taxes on hotels and cabs–to extort money from out-of-towners who don’t get to vote on the issue. Smokers are the most recent demons. They are a minority participating in a currently unapproved activity. Let’s tax ‘em! It’s for children, or for healthcare. The rich are always an easy target. If the benefit is for all of society, then all of society should help to pay for the benefit. Don’t take from Peter, a minority who cannot fight back, to pay Paul. It’s immoral and it gives substance to the Stacks in this world who don’t trust the system.

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  24. Alpha Maser

    February 22nd, 2010

    “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.” – Thomas Jefferson

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  25. jwm

    February 22nd, 2010

    It amazes me how no one was bothered by second-hand smoke until the anti-smoking nazis initiated their propaganda blitz. Now, if someone lights up, you’d think they were spraying mustard gas. The “risk” from second hand smoke is infinitesimal. No study has shown a significant correlation between second hand smoke and cancer, or any other disease. The anti-smoking hysteria was artificially whipped up on data that makes global warming look like sound science. It is another example of mass lying to achieve “some greater good” for the society at large. More goddam fucking do-gooders sticking their nose in everyone’s lives. Here in So. Cal. you can’t even smoke on the beach.
    And the war on food has begun as well. Today’s LA Times had a huge article trumpeting the wonderful new nanny law that forces chain restaurants to publish nutritional facts and calorie content for every item on the menu. The means every restaurant out there has to hire some bunch of weenies to go through their entire stock of food, make a scientific assessment of the nutritional value of that squirt of whipped cream on your chocolate pudding, and then re- print every menu to include this information (probably in several languages). All this because the leftard nanny staters figure the general public is too goddamn stupid to know that a cheeseburger and fries is more fattening than boiled fish and raw cabbage, with a side of steamed rutabaga.

    And just wait if socialized medicine passes. If the government pays for your health care, then the government can dictate to you what choices you make in your daily life regarding your health. How many times have we heard the argument “Your choices raise the cost for everyone’s insurance.” They played that card on the mandatory motorcycle helmet law back in the nineties. I didn’t notice my insurance going down after the law was passed. Overweight? you’ll find yourself referred into a mandatory counseling and intervention program to raise your consciousness about making healthy choices. Go to the doctor? Wait for a mandatory drug/nicotine/ alcohol/ test with perhaps an in-patient program lasting until you get your mind right about making healthy choices. in other words- you may well be incarcerated for eating too much. Think it’s too far fetched? What if you told someone back in ’81 that one day it would be illegal to have a cigarette with your beer at the local pub.

    And just for the record- I’m a former cigarette smoker. I hate the things, and I’m damned glad to be free of the habit. But I’m not bothered by others’ smoking. I still like the smell of a smoky room, and a good lookin’ babe who knows how to handle a smoke looks all kinds of sexy.

    JWM

    JWM

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  26. cakes

    February 22nd, 2010

    Bravo JVM! Around 2004, Calabasas, a part of LA county near the SF valley, passed a no smoking law outside. It was just the beginning.
    Also around that time, one could not build or create a ‘fast food’ restaurant in the poor, black, gang ridden area of south central LA. What is the definition of fast food? Well the city council had one, and it was quite broad. This economy buster came just after they blocked a Walmart from the area. No jobs, no choices, for the poorest area of LA. Unreal.

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  27. BWSEATTLE

    February 22nd, 2010

    Seattle sucks ass. I live here, and I hate it. Did you know you CAN WALK AROUND NAKED IN THE PARK AND THE COPS CANNOT ARREST YOU???!!! I know you can’t possibly believe me, but IT’S TRUE! You can’t smoke a cigarette, but you can walk around NAKED WITH NO REPERCUSSION BY THE POLICE! Look it up. And,…. the new tax on a pack of smokes is going to be ANOTHER FREAKING DOLLAR A PACK! We are up to $7.00 a pack now and going in the hole, defecit wise, deeper every day.
    Seattle is gay-er than San Francisco now.

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  28. Chris

    February 23rd, 2010

    This is really making me want to take up smoking again…

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  29. Sarah

    February 24th, 2010

    Go ahead and cheer about more cigarette taxes, anti-smoking Nazis. Go right ahead. I’m just waiting for your beloved Big Brother to come after your cheeseburgers, your alcohol, and your candy bars. Hey…if they can tax the unholy snot out of MY favorite vice, what stops them from coming after yours next?

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