Why the NY Outdoor Smoking Ban Should Matter to Everyone
Years ago when the ban of smoking near entrances to building took hold, you were warned. Either help the smokers or you will be next.
Am I advocating smoking? Of course not. But as a true Conservative, the freedoms of the individual are central to my decision making processes. I certainly agree that they don’t have the right to smoke in your face or in close proximity to you – and most wouldn’t. Now, New York Mayor Michael (build the Mosque at Ground Zero) Bloomberg is pressing for regulations that would make it illegal to smoke in .. public open-air areas. These areas include parks, beaches, boardwalks and pedestrian plazas (that could mean just about anything) like Times Square.
Certainly everyone can get on board with this right? I mean .. seriously, let’s eliminate smoking everywhere. Cars next, then your own home. There is no reason for you to get involved in stopping this because it’s good for the country .. or something. It promotes a healthier lifestyle .. it cleans the air for others .. it .. well, that’s pretty much it. So why would anyone, other than smokers, oppose such a ban? Perhaps because your vice is next.
Alcohol will most-likely be next. They can’t prohibit it (everything becomes fashionable again at some point) without a Constitutional amendment, but they can tax the living crap out of it, restrict it’s use to a small closet in the back of your house, or refuse to let you into the government health care insurance exchange if you choose to imbibe – which you will if this administration keeps at its craptastic policies.
Once alcohol has been turned into the evil monster, they’ll attack sodas .. wait .. that’s already happening. Next!
Tsarina Michelle is already attacking meat, salt, fast food and anything else that tastes good. Wait until they outlaw good tasting food.
What after that? Video games? Blogging? Internet use? TV watching? All of those things may make us less productive Americans so why wouldn’t the government want to limit how much time we spend doing those things or wholly prevent them?
If we don’t fight the oppressive, intrusive government elitists at each attempt to dictate to us what we should or should not do, a freedom we cherish will be next on the chopping block. Those who have already lost theirs due to our inaction .. will feel no compunction to help us in our fight.