Thursday, June 7, 2007
It really baffles me as to why our government thinks that it should be our moral Shepard. What happened to society thinking for itself once and a while? Have we as society become so much like sheep that we need out Government leaders to think for us? I don't know about you, but I think for myself just fine thanks. It really frosts my nuggets that Government on all levels think that they should do whats right for the citizens. Correct me if I am wrong is that not communism? At very best it could be considered a socialist region. I participated on a talk show about a week ago with our local mayor of our city. The city council in all their wisdom feels that they have to ban smoking in all businesses in our city. The business owner does not have a say on this matter. Our mayor and his flock felt it was their obligation to protect us from ourselves. EXCUSE ME!!!!! I am 39 years old, and have been doing just fine thanks. I do not need some bureaucrat to tell me what is good for me, and what they feel is not safe for me to participate in thanks. That was what my parents were for when I was growing up to teach me what is right and wrong. Now don't get me wrong if I was breaking the law then step in and deal with me accordingly. Please do not think for me when something is legal, and I might add the government makes literately billions of dollars from tobacco products ever year, and then tell me because it is bad for me you can no longer do it in public. If it is so bad then make it illegal, and then it would be banned and then who ever uses it then will be dealt with accordingly. If you have a business license you cannot allow your customers or staff to smoke in your establishment. There is a 3 meter ruling that you have to smoke away from the building. For the record I do not smoke. Personally I think that it is a nasty habit, but again who am I to judge. I am not the picture of health so I do not have much room to yell quite honestly. I do agree that smoking could be banned around places that do allow children. For the most part I think that most smokers are pretty respectful, and do agree with this. We have friends that smoke, and they are very respectful of when and where they light up. Now our Provincial Government has taken it upon themselves to ban smoking in public province wide. My question is where does it stop? You might think I just fell off the turnip truck, but I can see in time this be taken even further. You might think I am crazy, but I can see our powers to be banning people over a certain weight from eating certain foods. I can see our government banning the vehicles we drive because of fuel consumption. You smile now and think I am cracked, but in a few years time when we are being told when to get up and what to wear. You might not be smiling as much anymore. I do agree that if a business wants to go smoking that children may not be allowed in. I can live with that, but when you are told as a business owner who your customers are going to be. I have a huge problem with that. I encourage each and every one of you to raise hell on this matter even if you do not agree with smoking, because if this is allowed to happen where does it stop? I think that there are two things that government at any level should not be allowed to participate in, and that is private business and religion. Quit being our parents we are able to look after our own, and if we are not then we have agencies that are private enterprise that can do it for us.
That is just my opinion and I may be wrong
Until next time remember:
An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations.
- Charles de Montesquieu
From The 400LB Gorilla