Up In Smoke

A report from the Pentagon has just come down today and sent to Secretary of Defense Gates.  In this blue ribbon paper, it recommends that the US military ban smoking by military personnel.

Now, let me just say that I hate cigarette smoke.  I smoked for a half-dozen years and finally quit after multiple tries.  It wasn’t easy, but I did it.  And I wish everyone would quit smoking.  Not only for their own health, but because I hate smelling the foul odor of stale burnt tobacco that floats through the air and somehow always manages to stick to my clothing.

I also think putting the pungent weed into your mouth and turning your teeth black and your gums into one giant tumor is not a really good idea.  

But for me to tell anyone what to put into their body goes against any and all ideas of personal liberty.  And I don’t like that one bit.

For those of you who think that a health care system run by our government is a good idea, this should be a wake-up call.  

If we get the health care plan our President and his cronies want for us, we will all be TOLD what we can eat, where we can eat, when we can eat, how much we can eat, or anything else that’s permissible to put into our bodies.  Tuna fish; too much mercury.  Coca-Cola; too much corn syrup.  Butter; too much fat.  Watercress and tofu;  mmmm good!

Of course, this is all in the name of good health.  Our good health.  Another benevolent dictatorship just looking out for us poor folks who aren’t smart enough to think for ourselves.

But that ruse is only temporary.  Do you not believe that Big Brother will be waiting in the wings directing your every movement?  

If he’s footing the bill, you can be sure he will have controlling interest in your life.  Already the government dictates what is being taught in our failing public-financed schools.  Sex education, diversity training, revisionist history, and a phony global warming agenda are being shoved down our children’s throats against our wishes.  Low-income families are forced to live in crime-ridden government-subsidized housing.   How can that happen?  

Because the government is picking up the tab.  The responsible party pays, the responsible party plays.  Everyone else, that means us, just sits out.  It’s just that simple.

But I want you to stop and think for just a second.  I know that might hurt a little, but do it anyway.  The government is not paying for anything.  WE ARE.  That’s right, it’s OUR money.  It doesn’t belong to any president, congressman, senator or bureaucrat.  It belongs to us.

We only lend it to them.  It’s time to call in their IOUs.

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