Just how asinine
and over the top has the anti-smoking movement become in our nation? Exactly
how much of our freedom is being trampled under foot by the inane anti-smoking
legislation being forced down our throats by power hungry politicians? How
long will it be until there are no more private property or business rights
thanks to the anti-smoking zealots?
Before you answer or even seriously ponder these questions, consider the
recent $6,000 fine levied by New York City’s health inspector against a business
owner. The crime for which the owner of a Brooklyn video-store was assessed
such a massive fine? Daring to have an ashtray in his store. And for failing
to post “No Smoking” signs in his store and for failing to post his company’s
official nonsmoking policy.
Never mind the fact that Marty Arno, the owner of the store, has only one
employee, who only works part-time. Never mind that no government agency
has any Constitutional right to impose such petty laws on a business owner.
Never mind all of these facts. The city of New York has decided it can micro-manage
private businesses and impose punitive fines for those who dare to step out
Yes, thanks to the city's new Anti-smoking laws, this business owner is seeing
his wallet devastated and his rights to run his business destroyed. All those
who have cheered these inane, un-American laws should rethink their opinions
As anyone vaguely familiar with the Founding Fathers and the constitution
would know, no law robbing us of our personal sovereignty will serve to protect
us. It will instead surely enslave us. Whether or not a business owner chooses
to allow smoking in his or her place of business is none of the government's
concern. They are free to set their own standards, just as all of us are
free to choose to patronize that business or not.
Sure, we were told these laws were being drafted to protect us, from the
evils of tobacco. Once more a classic case of Liberalism taking away our
rights and seeking to remake America from a Constitutional Republic into
a nanny state! It is impossible to trade freedoms for security or safety.
The Founders knew this truth. They knew the God who created us all endowed
us with Liberties no government had the authority to wrest from us.
Imagine the sheer audacity and arrogance of any government agency that thinks
it has the power to outlaw ashtrays! And further to extort $6,000 for possession
of an ashtray! What’s next? Police storming into businesses looking for not
only smokers but for cigarette butts and ashtrays? Perhaps charging business
owners for possessing lighters and matches?
Perhaps the geniuses of the political left will seek to establish ashtray
control laws nationwide in an effort to save us from the enemy they think
is our biggest concern, ourselves. Yes this sounds ridiculous, but then again
consider an ashtray being outlawed.
This, my friends, is where Liberalism always, always leads, to more control
of our personal rights, decisions and lives. Think for a moment of how much
freedom has been usurped from do-gooders intent on saving us from ourselves.
Seat-belt laws, helmet laws, laws against cell phones in cars, laws outlawing
children having BB guns, laws, laws and more laws. All directed against our
God-given liberties and us. Laws seeking to take our control of our lives
and give it over to elitist politicians.
Consider the extremes that so-called zero-tolerance policies in schools have
sunk to. This disaster was sold to us as a get-tough approach to kids bringing
weapons and drugs to school. These new rules would protect our kids we were
told. Instead look what has happened. Children suspended, or even expelled
for having Midol, Excedrin, and water pistols, playing Cops and Robbers,
or even drawing pictures of soldiers.
Think of our tax laws. Every year they become more punitive and confiscatory.
Gas taxes, payroll taxes, income taxes, sales taxes, luxury taxes, taxes
on your phone bill, taxes on your property, taxes on top of taxes. And many
of these taxes amount to no more than legalized theft. The government taking
money from your pocket and then giving it to other Americans. They have forgotten
whose money it is. Just as they obviously have forgotten what the constitution
Is this the America you want to live in? To raise your family in? An America
where the politicians we trust with our votes do their best to strip away
the very liberty they ought to be protecting? An America where success is
punished? Where the spirit which gave birth to this great country, the spirit
of individualism, is discouraged?
It is very simple my friends. God gave us all liberty; the United States
Constitution recognizes this truth and protects these liberties. The Liberals
in this nation do not believe in God or the Constitution, their action make
this very clear. The question is whom will we follow? God and the Constitution,
or the Liberal Elites?
Doug Hagin resides in Dallas and hopes to one day be a nationally syndicated columnist with his own radio show.