My dear friend, it has only been a brief while since you passed and the fight goes on. I remember in the battle you frequently used part of a poem “First they came for . . . How sad and true those words are. Here is one of your quotes from topix using your name “It’s me Linda B”
Listen to yourself, I want I want I want, well if you want you should invest your money in what you want just like the private business owners did.Its not about I want or me to enjoy, its for the owners enjoyment its not for you to demand the owner give up what they work hard for. How about what you work hard for, purchase with your own money..hell we the public wants so roll over and let us kick you around..OK? So you are for the public taking, post your address and we the public will be there shortly to take what we want. See what your selfishness is promoting? Just remember, first they came for the smoker
For those unfamiliar with the origin of that poem written by Pastor Martin Nemoller it can be found here. But it reminds me of a piece written by Rabbi Lapin entitled “Hitler Writes From the Grave” and how true it is. From Rabbi Lapin’s piece.
Do you remember, dear Julius, how we Nazis always understood that German citizens were our future and the destiny of our nation? We did everything possible to keep our people healthy. In the same way that wise farmers must accept responsibility for the health of their herds, we used the power of government to keep our flocks healthy. Since both mind and body were supposed to belong to the Fuhrer, we tried to criminalize the smoking of cigarettes.
Our Ministry of Science and Education ordered elementary schools to discuss the dangers of tobacco.
For the tactics of the enemies of freedom never change, NEVER! First we have to look at how we got here and it is pure propaganda and for that we go to Hitler’s propaganda minister who said.
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
And of course this quote by by Hitler himself in Mein Kamph,
“But the most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention. It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Here, as so often in this world, persistence is the first and most important requirement for success.”
Why do I bring this up? So often we who fight for liberty and freedom are called Nazi’s with absolutely no proof, if the label is used often enough it will stick, maybe. It is they who embrace all of the tennants and tactics of the national socialists, right down to the T.
Hitler used pseudoscience called “passive smoking” and “eugenics” to demonize those he opposed. Dave Hitt rightly attributed the term “passive smoking to the Nazi’s. “The phrase “passive smoking” was coined by Fritz Lickint in his book “Tobacco and the Organism,” which he produced for the German AntiTobacco League. With no evidence to back him up, he claimed that smokers were poisoning everyone around them. (He also insisted that coffee caused cancer.) Passive smoking is, of course, the primary battle cry of today’s nannies. “
And how many times have they played the label game calling us “addicts” to demoralize and dehuminize us. It is not just on topix like the words of “Just Candid” who said “It’s really a shame that not only are smokers addicts, but they have to live day in and day out with that social stigma” But also anti-smoking groups use op-eds with similar comments. Here is one by Leonard Pitts where he says;
” But maybe we should just be grateful Raese did not compare smoker’s lounges to concentration camps — or some tobacco junkie hiding in the toilet to sneak a smoke to Anne Frank, hiding out for her life.”
So yes labels are very much a tactic by the enemies of freedom and are actually taught by tobacco control as pointed out by Dr Michael Siegel..
Now they are calling on using the same tactics to fight obesity.
Audrey Silk, founder of NYC CLASH compiled video’s of politicians doing exactly that.
Even the left leaning ACLU sees this as a disturbing trend.
Now to why your poem and Rabbi Lapin’s piece are so relevant is the tactics are being waged against all of us in the freedom movement as we see the erosion of freedom day by day. Again us TEA Partiers are called “Nazi’s”, disgusting sexual references like “teabaggers” While they engage in faux outrage over Rush’s use of the word slut on the air while they use every vulgarity known to man against those fighting for freedom and to them that is perfectly “Politically Correct” Wisconsin talk show host Vicki McKenna put this fact graphically.
But you are all too familiar with their tactics having one troll pretend to be your dead father and another expose your identity in order to intimidate you. Here are “Big Tex’s” words.
Smart enough to track you down. You kept saying your name was not Hubbard but the B was real. Lying sack of chit. Do you ever tell the truth. We know daddy molested you. You have been proven wrong on a daily basis in the past. Called so many people names, insulted them, talked about their mothers, made a complete ass of yourself. Now you have to sleep with one eye open.”
I must say you handled that one with strength and dignity, they even attacked you in death if you can believe that, “No smoking sign” posted the following.
But again as President Obama said on the campaign trail “Get in their face” and indeed they do, the following is a video of peaceful leftist union members re-indoctrinating a black man who dared leave the plantation of the Democratic party and embrace the freedom of the TEA Party.
Do those thugs look like they could be wearing brown shirts or jackboots? It doesn’t stop there, again from Lapin’s piece.
“Let me explain. First and foremost we were socialists. As national socialists, or Nazis, we knew that government must control the people. Thus, we understood that the old German tradition of citizens owning guns had to end. On March 18, 1938, we enacted our Law on Weapons and ruled that only government officials were allowed to own firearms. You can imagine my approval as I watched Sen. Thomas Dodd craft America’s Gun Control Act of 1968 by having our own law of 1938 translated for him by an official of The Library of Congress. My dear Julius, we can be proud of how similarly the two laws read.”
The Attorney General has called for the same “Brainwashing” propaganda techniques used for the smoking bans to further gun control.
But that was not moving fast enough for Mr Holder so he had to create a crisis, this crisis was called “Operation Fast and Furious”. In this operation he ordered gun dealers to sell to Mexican drug lords in hopes that the violence created would create a public outcry for more control. Speaking of violence, yes my friend they are even attempting to stir up the tensions between the races. They constantly try to depict freedom lovers as racist without a shred of proof with yes more fake propaganda.
All the while they are intentionally trying to start a race war using the George Zimmerman case.
Of course like the President, Zimmerman is only half white, I guess if you are involved in a crime it must be the white half. Of course what would they gain by this, (unless you believe in “Helter Skelter” as fellow leftist Manson) the only thing that a reasonable person could conclude is that the civil unrest would result in an outcry of a clampdown of even more civil liberties. But of course if it is a black liberty minded individual you can hurl all the racial eppitaths you want as pointed out by Vicki Mckenna.
Of course a google of TEA party blacks will expose a bunch of them here is just one.
Speaking of civil liberties we now have our own version of the Gestapo, yes and like it’s predecessor it is in charge of, you guessed it “Homeland Security”, and that’s exactly what they named it. Like it’s predecessor it’s job is to spy on citizens to ferret out dissidents. They have even issued warnings about us freedom loving constitution reading people. They are now working on a bill called the “expatriation act”.
If this bill passes it is only a matter of time before we see those camps with warm and fuzzy sayings like Work Will Set You Free” at the entrance.
It’s not that there were not warning signs, when you were a small child there were those who rang the warning bell even through cartoons.
Now we all know about the Hitler youth and the indoctrination. Here are a couple of his quotes.
“The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.”
“When an opponent declares, “I will not come over to your side,” I calmly say, “Your child belongs to us already. . . . What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.””
Now we look at modern day reality. Here is a clip of the neo-prohibitionist group “Smoke Free Wisconsin” in Madison using children,(If you close your eyes you can almost hear the “Sieg Heil”)
Here we show teachers unions talking about teaching marxism or socialism in the classroom.
Here is Vicki McKenna interviewing a college professor on “Dead white guy theory” AKA Critical Race Theory.
Of course the main issue with smoking bans is the stripping of property rights. (You supplied me with the legal briefs for this piece.)Tobacco is a legal product and bans deny the owner of a business the right to use a legal product on their own property or allow their guests to do the same. Property rights were one of the founding principles of this country and a god given right. We see this erosion of property rights across the board including money. Money property you ask? A person works hard to create wealth but in today’s society the harder you work the more you are punished through the modern progressive income tax.. But it doesn’t end there what amount you are allowed to keep has many restrictions put on it. You can’t give it to others in order to help them create their own wealth, at least not without giving your master his cut through the gift tax. Don’t believe me? Here it is in the government’s own words.. And of course when you die they want a piece of the action. They are even working on eliminating cash in order to monitor your transactions. NO you say? Again from the government.
Of course those pushing for this socialistic utopia claim to be modern day “Robin Hood’s” ignoring the fact that the real Robin stole from those who obtained their wealth through the theft of taxation. Free markets and free people create wealth, not governments as Milton Friedman clearly told Donahue.
And of course this loss of freedom was predicted by Ayn Rand over 50 years ago.
People need to relearn the principles our country was founded on.
So yes my friend you have finally found peace and freedom in the afterlife, pray for those you left behind. It is not like there were no warning bells, there was this cartoon that was made when you were a child but nobody listened. So again, pray for us.
P.S. Non_Cas_Fan talked to your family and they talked about your strength . . . You will be a tough act to follow.
Listening to the family reminiscing about Linda, they all knew her position on the indoor smoking ban. They smiled and laughed fondly as they reflected on this common topic. Her oldest son, I’m trying to remember how he said it… but he basically said that he wouldn’t have been able to handle all of the rough things that were said in the threads like his mom did. Everybody looked up to Linda for her stalwart and unfailing stance on what she believed
Marshall Keith aka Free_America