Before I go on with my rant …. Gold closed down at $624.60. Silver slipped as well to $12.540. On to my rant for the day …
Back in November my wonderful state of Ohio had the opportunity to cast a vote that would have told big tobacco companies AND government to let US decide what is best for us. And like stupid mindless cows they fell for the “yes on this one vote no on the other one” tactic. Everyone I talked to did not understand that you could have voted “no” on both OR you could have even voted “yes” on both (if you really wanted to screw with the system 🙂 ). And the mindless public, yes mindless, voted to ban smoking in all public places. The new law goes beyond that, it goes beyond banning in public places …
Here is the issue as it appeared on the ballot:
5 PROPOSED LAW
(Proposed by Initiative Petition)
To enact Chapter 3794. of the Ohio Revised Code to restrict smoking in places of employment and most places open to the public.
The proposed law would:
- Prohibit smoking in public places and places of employment;
- Exempt from the smoking restrictions certain locations, including private residences (except during the hours that the residence operates as a place of business involving non-residents of the private residence), designated smoking rooms in hotels, motels, and other lodging facilities; designated smoking areas for nursing home residents; retail tobacco stores, outdoor patios, private clubs, and family-owned and operated places of business;
- Authorize a uniform statewide minimum standard to protect workers and the public from secondhand tobacco smoke;
- Allow for the declaration of an establishment, facility, or outdoor area as nonsmoking;
- Require the posting of “No Smoking” signs, and the removal of all ashtrays and similar receptacles from any area where smoking is prohibited;
- Specify the duties of the department of health to enforce the smoking restrictions;
- Create in the state treasury the “smoke free indoor air fund;”
- Provide for the enforcement of the smoking restrictions and for the imposition of civil fines upon anyone who violates the smoking restrictions.
Seems “pretty” on the outside doesn’t it? You can read the full extent of the law itself right here. Did no one read it? Section 3794.02 part D. Here’s an example interpretation – granted it’s far fetched but it is plausible; If you are outside smoking on the street (a public place) and a police officer (employee of the city) comes by and asks you to stop smoking and you refuse you can/will receive a letter of warning. A second offense will lead to a civil fine. Let’s take it a step further … you are in your car on the road (a public place) and get stopped by an officer of the law (public employee) and you are asked to put out your cigarette, and you don’t comply … first offense. Yeah, that’s extreme, and it might not ever happen, but it could happen. Because our government (federal, state and local) is like that. Give them an inch and they take a mile. Just like taxes; our village is looking to add an income tax to fix the financial problems they brought on by overspending and building a $20 million government center. “It’s only 1%. For the average homeowner [in our village] that is less than $1000 a year.” Yeah … a grand less for me to run my home on. And the problem with giving them the 1% is my wallet would be opened to yet another corrupt branch of government wanting to take more away from me. And once they are in in my wallet they will never get out.
Yeah, I live in a state full of stupid people. Voting no on both smoking issues would have let the businesses decide whether or not they want to permit smoking. If you don’t like going to an establishment that permits smoking, don’t go. It’s called freedom of choice. Just like when commercials come on TV, you can change the channel or you can watch. You don’t like what’s on the radio? Go with satellite radio or buy an iPod. But don’t take away my freedoms to protect me from myself. No, I don’t smoke. But that is the basis of my rant. Benjamin Franklin said it best: “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Stupid people. What will they do next? How much more will we give up? When will we wake up? Most likely when it’s way too late.
Are you watching 24 this season? If not, maybe you should. Look at what the government is doing to stop terrorism on American soil in the show. Want to know where they got the ideas? Read about FEMA and the powers it gives our government. How long before we start seeing the same things? You saw it in New Orleans. How much longer will we embrace the illusion of freedom handed to us by our government?
“Remember remember the fifth of November. Gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot…”
We won’t forget. Because we are less free today than we were when that poem was penned. We should not be afraid of our government. And I’m guessing you are thinking that you aren’t afraid. I am. I pray that you will be able to see what’s going on because of our government. It started in the schools. With people my age. We were taught to not think for ourselves and to believe every lie told to us. Thomas Jefferson was not a proponent of big government. And if you look closely at the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution you can plainly see there are checks and balances in place to protect the people from the government. Unfortunately that’s not what the people want. They want to be taken care of. Wear your seat belt! Wear your helmet! Don’t smoke in public. Thomas Jefferson said, “When the people fear the government you have tyranny…when the government fears the people you have liberty.” I want liberty!