Monday, March 20, 2006

California Fascists (cont.)

Colonel Hogan , always one to point out when one's freedoms are being infringed on, also posted on the smoking ban in Calabasas, California.

I never believed, nor will I ever believe, that "second-hand smoke" is as
harmful as actually smoking--as it's put forth by the anti-smoking nazis and
pipelined through the news media. Too many variables: Second hand smoke in a
closed room? In a car? No ventilation? Yeah, that would be a problem if one is
in such a place with several smokers for several years, but there's no chance
that the occasional whiff one might catch in the open air of a sidewalk
restaurant is going to be an issue in the milieu of deisel, gasoline, coal and
wood smoke fumes that we breathe every day.

Very nicely said Colonel.

Just an observation.


At 7:49 PM, Blogger Sir Loin of Beef said...

Have you ever wondered whether the smoking ban has anything to do with smoke? Hogan puts it pretty well. It makes me wonder if there is something else behind it. My bet would be on the continued "Puritanization" of our culture. Smoking, drinking, and all other vices are on the chopping block. I don't think this is a war on tobacco. I think it is a war on lifestyle choice.

At 8:45 PM, Blogger Ol' BC said...

Far be it from me to dispute that logic.

At 10:09 PM, Blogger RightWingRocker said...

It's the government stepping in and telling you what to do with your life. They've been dictating what to do with your money for 100 years. Why would any of this be a surprise?


At 8:12 AM, Blogger Sir Loin of Beef said...

It is my experience that many of these movements against smoking are grass roots movements. Therefore it has very little do to with government butting in. It has to do with people telling people what to do. These righteous do-gooders are many times acting under a moral imperative that has a strong Puritan background.

At 9:33 AM, Blogger Col. Hogan said...

Excellent discussion! And thanks for the kind words, guys.

At 11:01 AM, Blogger Ol' BC said...

Yes, it's a srong Puritan background, but they still manage to get some level of government to legislate it. Legislating morals has never worked and probably never will.

At 2:23 PM, Blogger Sir Loin of Beef said...

I agree that legislating morality and decency is a bad step. Nevertheless, people not in government are the ones pushing government to do something about it. I guess if smokers don't like it they need to start pushing back. Unfortunately they are a minority and we live in a country where the majority rules, tyrannical or not! :)


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