The Lifestyle Nazis Will Come For You, Too

by Tom DeWeese

A lot of Americans applauded the government’s vicious attack on smoking. It’s such a nasty habit – easy to hate. But as I’ve warned on these pages time and again, the drive against smoking was just the warm up. Already the same tactics have been used to go after guns. Next will be something you like.

In certain restaurants in Canada you may be barred from entry if you wear perfume or even use a scented deodorant or shampoo – because you “threaten people’s right to breathe clean air.” Smokers, does that sound familiar? Well, you say, it’s nice to go to a restaurant and eat a hearty meal in a peaceful, clean atmosphere.

Uh oh…did you say hearty meal? Nope. No can do. Because, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) “Obesity is epidemic.” ” The availability of more food…and the growth of the fast food industry, the increased numbers and marketing of snack food…” is creating a “ticking time bomb.” JAMA openly points to the war on tobacco as the best way to fight obesity. The American Obesity Association wants “fat taxes” and recommends a “more militant attitude about the toxic food environment – like we have about tobacco.”

How much more militant can they get? After all – you as a “free” American (remember when that phrase actually had meaning?) go into the restaurants and actually order your food. It’s food YOU want. So, where can the food police interfere? Michael Jacobson, director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest calls for an attack on the large servings at Chinese and Mexican restaurants. “It’s high time that the (restaurant) industry begins to bear some responsibility for its contribution to obesity, heart disease and cancer,” he righteously declares. The food Nazis openly call for “the victims of fast food to sue – and the sooner the better.” (Actually pushing ones arms in a forward motion to move the body away from the table might be more effective – and the sooner the better.) Milk, soft drinks and caffeine are all targeted.

The most incredible fact about these idiots is that they actually issue these absurd ideas, standing in front of applauding audiences, speaking what appears to be English, wearing human suits and ties and, by the casual viewer, seem to be sane and rational. Worst of all, they have millions of dollars and the ear of Capitol Hill. Let them do it and watch for the next national emergency – “unreasonable violence” breaking out for seemingly no reason at all in our perfect, well-regulated society. Just can’t understand it.

Tom DeWeese
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Tom DeWeese is one of the nation’s leading advocates of individual liberty, free enterprise, private property rights, personal privacy, back-to-basics education and American sovereignty and independence.