Wednesday, December 20, 2006

The erosion of freedom

OK, I admit it. I’m prejudiced. No, not against blacks, or Asians, or Hispanics. A person’s nationality or skin color really doesn’t matter to me. I still believe the children’s song I was taught as a child, “Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in God’s sight.” My prejudice is against smokers.

I know there are many good, decent, loving people who smoke but when I see someone smoking my first impression is not good. This is probably in large part because I am extremely sensitive to cigarette smoke and, when I was younger, there were many, many times when I was trapped in thickly smoke-filled rooms being forced to breathe the toxic, choking, gasses from insensitive smokers.

So I appreciate the fact that government is now protecting us from insensitive smokers in places where we have little choice about being (like offices or airplanes), but as much as I despise smoking, I think some local governments are going way too far by seemingly trying to make some cities virtually smoke-free. If a restaurant or bar chooses to allow smoking, and I have a choice not to go there, I want government to butt out.

In “What will they ban next?” John Stossel speaks my mind perfectly. His short article is worth reading.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I noticed you left out being bigoted against gay people.

Kevin said...

I noticed you left out being bigoted against people who farm chickens, and people who like to play video games all day, and obese people, and people who are afraid of pirates.

Anonymous... you're dumb.

Anonymous said...

I didn't notice he said anything about those people only that his blog is full of anti-gay and anti-Muslim bigotry.

anonymous David said...

It is interesting that according to the index on this blog there are 156 posts on "radical islam" and 97 on "terrorism" but only 17 on "the war in Iraq". Conservatives must not want to discuss that.

anonymous this said...

First of all, he is a "Conservative" singular. Second, there was "the" war in Iraq category and "war in Iraq" category. Both equaled to about 25. Third, not only do your comments not discuss the matter at hand but they clearly have nothing to do with any topic except the "I hate conservatives" topic, which obviously everyone loves to discuss! Talk about bigotry. You just pick and choose what bigotry is acceptable and what isn't. Instead of blaring ad hominem at people, why not actually discuss the issues?

St. Lee said...

Very good point in your post Dennis, as well as the article you linked to. But when I read the comments, I have to wonder if "anonymous" read either of them. Is he a gay Islamic smoker who feels persecuted...but wait, Dennis DEFENDED the rights of smokers to smoke. In previous posts Dennis has defended the right of gays to be gay. I would be willing to bet that if he hasn't stated it in the past, he would be willing to affirm the right of Islamists to be Islamic. But one thing I and most Americans are "bigoted" about is the right of terrorists to terrorize! My guess is that Dennis would aggree with that.

anonymous this said...

Quick Correction: I meant to write "35", not 25.

Anonymous said...

As a gay Islamic smoker I thank you Dennis from the bottom of my heart for defending my right to be who I am even though you hate me and want me to suffer as much as possible. Thank you, thank you, thank you...

john said...

Holy cow, things are getting crazy around here.

Back to the topic at hand, I would agree. The only compelling argument I've heard in favor of restricting smoking in bars/restaurants/etc. is that the employees are forced to be there. (Depending on their personal situations they may or may not have a lot of choice about where they work, I suppose.) But things are definitely out of control when the governement tells us what to eat, etc.

Dennis said...

Wow! John, we're actually agreeing on two counts--1) the government is interferring too much and 2) it is getting crazy around here (I feel like I've entered the twilight zone :-)

Anonymous: "Hate you and want you to suffer"??? Where on earth did you get that? Just because I disagree with gay lifestyles and have profound concerns about gay activists does not mean I hate gay people! I've said before on this blog several times that I've had good friends who were/are gay or transgendered.

Please don't mistake heated arguments for hatred. Comrade Anonymous, John and I have had numerous heated arguments but far from hating them, I think they're great--they've been a very positive part of this blog.

Dennis said...

YES!!! St. Lee, thank you. You hit the nail on the head. No matter how many times I try to say that not all Muslims are evil and that I am warning about the danger of Jihadists or RADICAL Muslims, some liberal knot-head will inevitably attack me for for racism or bigotry. The left in all their ethical relativism is apparently fighting for the right of terrorists to terrorize!

Anonymous said...

No wonder people think you are a bigot when you say stupid things like "The left in all their ethical relativism is apparently fighting for the right of terrorists to terrorize!"