We all know by now how lefties are a bunch of nosy nanny statists. They don’t want you to make a single move without their approval. Now, before you go calling me a loon, have a look at the ban on cigarettes Democrats in Hawaii are proposing:
Democratic state Rep. Richard Creagan’s bill would raise the minimum legal smoking age, currently set at 21, in stages — to 30 starting in 2020 and eventually to 100 by 2024. If approved, the restrictions would only apply to cigarettes—not e-cigarettes, cigars or chewing tobacco.
That’s not the scary part. This is the scary part:
“The state is obliged to protect the public’s health,” Creagan told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald. “This is more lethal, more dangerous than any prescription drug, and it is more addicting.
He added: “We, as legislators, have a duty to do things to save people’s lives. If we don’t ban cigarettes, we are killing people.”
Yeah, you read that right. Decisions about your health fall under the authority of the state.
Look, I know cancer sticks are bad for you. Though, if somebody wants to pave their lungs into oblivion, that’s their choice. Who was it who coined “My body, my choice”? Oh yeah. The problem with this proposal is if the government gets to make our health decisions, they basically get to control everything.
Even my boots cause cancer according to the state of California. True story. I suppose then it’s the government’s duty to pull my carcinogenic-clad foot out of the grave and replace it with a hemp sandal. Maybe afterward they’ll restrict the amount of time I’m allowed out in the sun to an hour. “Yard time,” just like in the slammer. Being too sedentary is also bad for one’s health. So what’s to stop Hawaii from limiting how much time one can sit? Or how much cake one can nom? How much screen time one can enjoy? It’s a slippery slope slick with cigarette ashes today, gluten and sugar tomorrow.
Under this philosophy, we’re all just prisoners to the state. Leftists believe you are their property, which isn’t so surprising considering their history on human rights.
Speaking of political slavery: