Didnít Think It Would End With Seat Belts . . .
laws set the precedent: Even your own body in your own car is no
longer your own personal space.
how it works: The government decides that whatever it is youre
doing is unsafe not specifically in your case,
just generally maybe, might be, could be
then asserts the legal authority to criminalize whatever
it is youre doing. Which means, it asserts the right to arrest
you at gunpoint and threaten you implicitly and perhaps explicitly
with lethal violence in order to force you to submit and obey. That
is, to comply with the order. Failure to do so being sufficient
provocation for the unleashing of escalating levels of violent over-reaction.
All the way to the end point of shooting you, if need be.
coming for your cigarettes.
A study just
released by the CDC (see here) characterizes second-hand smoke as
the latest threat to safety and of course, the
children. It urges what youd expect: That it be made
illegal to smoke in your own car, at least, if the
children are present and possibly even if theyre not.
For as any smoker knows as anyone who has shopped for used
cars knows any car that has been smoked in retains the essence
of the Marlboro Man for years, even decades after the last butt
was crumpled in the ashtray. There is no way to objectively tell
whether a car was smoked in last week or 10 minutes ago.
Hence, it is likely that any evidence of smoking ever
will presently become sufficient excuse for the police to issue
tickets, stop people at gunpoint and perhaps even confiscate their
vehicles (as is routinely done when another form of smoke is discovered).
is no risk-free level of exposure to second-hand smoke, the
CDC study states with authority. Except of course thats anthead
nonsense. Is the CDC really going to claim that, for example,
a teenager who buys a used car that was smoked in previously is
exposing himself to a measurable danger thereby? Or that if he accepts
a ride in an adults car said adult having smoked a
cigarette a few hours previously that the kid has thereby
increased his risk of becoming emphysematic or developing lung cancer?
a defense of smoking. Its a plea for the restoration of sanity.
Please, people how about some perspective and proportion?
quasi-religious aspect, too.
You can almost
hear the high-pitched sermonizing of these latter day secular Elmer
Gantrys. The car is the only source of exposure for some of
these children, says the CDCs Brian King. So if
you can reduce the exposure, its definitely advantageous for
(and reasonableness) not so much.
As with the
jihad against alcohol which metastasized from reasonable
concern over cavalier attitudes toward drinking and driving into
the absurd characterization of any drinking before driving
as drunk driving smoking cigarettes anywhere,
anytime, has been demonized as an evil on the order of pederasty
that must be extirpated by any means necessary. It is no longer
enough that smokers refrain from smoking in public areas.
If there is any chance whatever that a non-smoker might catch
a whiff, then it becomes a matter of public concern. Hence,
smokers are already prohibited from smoking even in their own apartments
or condos and yes, even on the steps of their own porches,
too. After all, someone might be exposed to second-hand smoke.
will not even be permitted to smoke in your own vehicle, for the
same reasons. Doesnt matter that you have the windows rolled
up and dont have kids, for that matter. What about
the poor attendant at the parking garage who might be exposed to
the dangerous remnants of your anti-social choice to smoke? Or the
child who might buy your ex-car three years from now? Its
no exaggeration. Its depressing reality.
be comical if it werent so tragic.
to kids is one thing. Criminalizing adults for exposing
a kid to a distant whiff of this mornings Lucky Strike (or
last years Lucy Strike) is quite another. The erosion of our
personal space continues apace and it will not end until
we have no personal space left - because in the minds of the collectivist
thugs who control this country, there is no such thing as
personal space. Anything you do could
conceivably affect someone else. It need not be a specific,
demonstrable harm the standard of long-gone America. Just
a theoretical risk however vague, non-specific
and generalized will do just fine. And it is going to become
the all-encompassing rationale for total state control within the
next 24 months, once Obamacare becomes the duly anointed constitutional
law of the land. Nothing you do not your recreations, not
your dining habits not even your bedroom activities will
be outside the reach of interstate commerce and so,
proper subjects for close and careful monitoring by your caring
parents in loco in Washington, DC.
the point of packing my bags. How about you?
with permission from EricPetersAutos.com.
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