So, I live in fly-over country. Quite a way from either the left coast or the other left coast. Usually the crazies like to stay far away from here. We don’t suffer fools gladly, at least I didn’t think we did until lately. My family and I fled (that’s right FLED) the Socialist Republic of Maryland 20+ years ago because the inmates had burned down the asylum and had started on the state house. We thought we’d found a place where people appreciated common sense, shunned political correctness and protected themselves and their loved ones with passion and well…….bullets, frankly.
But today, today while not the first step on the gangplank of collectivism, was I’m afraid, the place where half of the gang plank is bit off by the shark from Jaws. This state has decided to become smoke free. Establishments that serve the public can no longer tolerate smoking in their buildings. That’s right bars, restaurants and other “public businesses” can not decide what patrons can do in a business they own, which takes no government monies. The caveat however is a doozie. State run CASINOS are exempt from this law.
Now, I’m not a smoker, never have been. I belong to the LDS church, we don’t smoke, it’s part of our religion. So, you might ask, why does this bother me. Well, here it is in a nutshell. First the government decided smoking was bad for children so we allowed them to legislate who could buy cigarettes because we wanted to protect “the children”, then they legislated how much cigarettes should cost by adding tax after tax after tax, then they decided people couldn’t smoke in government buildings, then they went after stores, restaurants, clubs and now it’s bars. We allowed the government to do this because it was for our own good, because smoking is bad for human beings. Unfortunately government never knows when to say enough. Why is this important, because our liberties are being syphoned off one by one.
Next time you pick up a piece of cheesecake enjoy it, you won’t be able to for long. State fairs are going to flavorless once the government outlaws corn-dogs, cotton candy, funnel cakes and fried Twinkies on a stick. According to the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, government has a responsibility to take care of us and laws like the one I just described and the one passed in our little slice of the gulag are simply there to make our lives more …………..homogeneous. Interesting how we’re all supposed to be the same, but minorities and special interest groups are to be lauded for their diversity.
Where were we when our country was turned over to the zealots, the humanists, the godless, the social engineers. Watching CSI or King of the Hill, I guess. While I’m somewhat gratified that I can say I told you so (because as a woman and an American Irish woman at that, I just love to say it) I am disheartened at the morass that we have visited upon our posterity. I am reasonably sure they are going curse our names. I know I would and do every time I read the news. We may deserve this but they certainly do not and it’s about time something concrete is done.
November is coming. Get out and vote. Send a message even the deaf, dumb and blind Washington press corps can understand. Throw out the idiots from the city councils to the Senate. Make sure everyone understands that the buck stops here, with this generation. NOW, NO MORE, NEVER AGAIN.
Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death- Patrick Henry (never more appropriate than now).