The current anti-smoking campaign
not about public health or drug abuse...
It is about
CONTROL... They want it!
Abolition of Individual
In accordance with the 1st. and 7th.
plank of Communism, the proposed tobacco settlement between the tobacco industry and
the government was a massive assault on individual rights. Under its terms, the
government becomes the de facto owner of all the tobacco companies; the nominal
owners will just follow Washington's orders. The tobacco settlement established
a precedent for totalitarian control over legally functioning businesses.
While maintaining a facade of private ownership, the government
wants the control over every aspect of people's lives.
government ownership and/or control over the basic means of production and
distribution of services and goods. This means the government controls
everything, including you. Socialism, like Communism, is a consolidate and
control the wealth program; not a share-the-wealth program as many would have
With the demise of the agreed tobacco settlement, the U.S. government stepped
forward with their own plan called the
Policy and Youth Smoking Reduction Act, sponsored by Senator John McCain,
whereby not only do they intrude into yet another American industry, but they
raise taxes on the most vulnerable in our society to pay for it.
government owns and/or controls the basic means of production and distribution
of services and goods. We are told that business and other things will be
regulated but that we will still be free. Free to do what? They will operate
under the illusion of a free enterprise system. All business and land, if
not owned by the government or the rich, is controlled and taxed very
heavily. What a contradiction of terms. How can anyone have a Socialist
form of government with freedom? As stated, in a Socialist form of government
the rich rule and have the power, not the people.
To evade charges of violating the companies' freedom of
speech, the government has coerced tobacco companies to "consent" under
threat of further extortion to waive their
1st Amendment constitutional rights.
Advertising is censored for content while the
Marlboro Man and Joe Camel was outlawed. The state can forbid tobacco companies
from using outdoor advertising, sponsoring public events, imprinting their
logos on non-tobacco products (such as T-shirts), or employing any color other
than black in their print ads.
Other examples of the "state" controlling private
- States attorneys general have coerced major credit card
companies to not accept credit cards to buy cigarettes over the Internet.
- The world's largest shipping carrier, UPS Inc., was
forced to stop delivering cigarettes to individuals in the U.S. under an
agreement with New York Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer.
- Private companies are required to report individual's
online purchasing behaviors to state and local authorities.
They say they don't care what adults do voluntarily as
they make these choices as an adult. But they get angry when these things are
pushed at children who haven't yet formed their own opinions. Huh?
wonder where that argument is when the issue is abortion or homosexuality?
Feminists and other liberals say a woman should have the right to kill an
unwanted baby in her womb, but that same woman does not have the right to smoke
a cigarette at work or in a restaurant? Liberal activists would say Little
Johnny should have the right to have sex with little Bobby, but neither one of
them are allowed to buy cigarettes?
politically correct hypocrisy!
The liberal Children's Defense Fund (CDF) supports
school-based clinics which shuttle pregnant girls to abortion mills
without their parent's knowledge.
you remember Joyclyn Elders who wanted to teach children to masterbate, or
Donna Shalala's dancing condoms on TV promoting to our youth so-called
"safe-sex", or Hillary Clinton who said, "Children should have a right to be
permitted to decide their own future if they are competent." "Decisions about
motherhood and abortion, schooling, cosmetic surgery, treatment of venereal
disease, or employment, and others where the decision or lack of one will
significantly affect the child's future should not be made unilatrally by
Right! And these are the people who want you to belive
they care about your children. I for one don't buy it! They have another agenda
besides your children.
These deceptive politicians pushing this socialist
takeover of the tobacco industry says it promotes the "public good." Individual
Americans are losing their right to make their own choices, allowing the
government to decide what is good for us and forcing us to live accordingly.
Smoking individuals don't have a gun pointed at their heads saying smoke or
chew. They made the choice, and they should be responsible for that choice.
If we Americans continue to allow our government to justify this, what
is next? Any product that can be used, or misused, in any way that conceivably
threatens the "public good" could become a candidate for state takeover. Why
shouldn't government regulate sunbathing and outlaw ads for beach resorts, on
the grounds that sunlight can cause skin cancer? Why shouldn't Washington tell
us what to eat, how to dress and when to exercise? Why shouldn't they in
order to protect us against ideas incompatible with the "public good"
dictate the content of books, movies and television shows? Who's next?
Will the socialist Democrats soon be outlawing saturated
fat? "No more butter or bacon for you, you greedy overweight sociopath!" Look
out, it's not that far away. Already, they're beginning their campaign of
turning public opinion against fat people. According to the
Roche in Obesity web site, "Obesity
is an international health problem. Now recognised as a chronic disease,
obesity is a leading cause of illness, including hypertension, hyperlipidemia,
cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. Throughout the world, healthcare
organisations and government sponsored initiatives are seeking to reverse the
alarming rise in obesity and reduce the huge medical, social, and financial
toll that it causes." To heighten the urgency of the 'crisis,' U.S. government
studies found that 33% of adults and 27% of the children in the U.S. are obese
using a new method of calculating who is overweight. It is called Body Mass
Index. With the many alleged health problems and costs for obesity related
medical problems, the money grabbers aren't far behind.
packing industry is already under the scrutiny of the
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals web site has a portion devoted to
the health problems associated with eating
meat. They say, eating animal products is harmful to human health. People
who eat meat are at least 30 percent more likely to die of a heart attack, 40
percent more likely to get cancer, and at increased risk for many other
diseases and illnesses, including stroke, obesity, appendicitis, osteoporosis,
arthritis, diabetes, and food poisoning. Additionally, meat contains
accumulations of pesticides and other chemicals up to 14 times more
concentrated than those found in plant foods. They make the wild claim that,
"America's meat-based diet costs this country billions of dollars in health
care costs and billions more in environmental destruction."
from public view Joe Camel and the Marlboro Man is such a positive thing in
reducing child smokers, what about the Budweiser frogs that presumably
encourage our children to become addicted to alcohol? Will Ronald McDonald be
banned because he encourages children to clog their hearts with high
cholesterol junk food? Those evil ad men at McDonald's are using those "Happy
Meal" promotions to get our kids hooked on high-fat burgers and fries! Our
children are being victimized!! They're going to die from heart attacks. Raise
taxes on fast food and 60 percent more children will eat their broccoli!
I suppose the anti-coffee
(raises blood pressure) fanatics are not too far off.
Maybe vitamins should be banned
because studies have shown that taking them, especially Vitamin B1 can cause
Targeting cigar smokers, a recent study claims smoking one
cigar a day appears to increase the risk of death from coronary heart disease
by 30 percent in men aged 75 and younger. The study of 121,738 men aged 30 and
older began in 1982 and ended in 1991. Men who had smoked cigarettes or pipes
were excluded from the study as were men who had been diagnosed with heart
disease or diabetes when the study began. During the study, men who smoked at
least one cigar a day were 30-percent more likely to die of heart disease than
nonsmoking counterparts, the study found. No increased risk of premature death
was found among cigar smokers aged 75 and older or for men who had given up
smoking cigars. [The Detroit News, Nov. 24,
Funded by their windfall profits in state tobacco cases,
the same cigarette bustin legal team that challenged the tobacco industry has
reunited and is now targeting its next cash cow, five of the nation's largest
HMOs, accusing them of unscrupulous business practices. The lawsuits, filed in
Mississippi where the first state tobacco case originated, seek class-action
status on behalf of the 32 million people who are members of Pacificare Health
Systems Inc., Foundation Health Systems Inc., Cigna Healthcare, Prudential
Health Care and Humana Inc. "This again appears to be one of many lawsuits that
will ultimately drive up health care costs for consumers by forcing HMOs
through unwarranted, costly and protracted litigation," Alan Hoops, head of
Pacificare, said. [The Arizona Republic, Nov. 25,