Freedom To Choose

Freedom is not merely the opportunity to do as one pleases; neither is it merely the opportunity to choose between set alternatives. Freedom is, first of all, the chance to formulate the available choices, to argue over them -- and then, the opportunity to choose." C. Wright Mills

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And so begins the Declaration of Independence, a document we hold sacred.  And yet today, choices, our ability to choose for ourselves, is disappearing.  My right to choose what makes me happy is steadily being stripped and I will not go quietly or hang my head in shame.  Sad are the days we now live in where freedom is a thing of the past as the federal government grabs up power left and right through tactics designed to divide and conquer.  It matters not that the government is intent on turning us from a Republic into a socialist state, what matters is that Citizens are falling for it.  Where has critical thinking gone?  Did you honor the death of common sense?  What legacy will WE leave future generations?  Will they revile us for not fighting harder to keep our freedoms and thus losing them?

Our Forefathers founded this country on the Creator given right of men and women to choose their own destiny, choose their careers, the choice to go to school and receive an education, and the right to bear arms.  CREATOR GIVEN, not government! They founded it and fought for it because they were not given choices and they determined that their legacy would be a land of choice.  Today, those choices are being ripped from us and no one seems to give this the consideration it is due.  Why is it that today some of the people have more right to voice their opinion than others?  Why is it that fraudulent science is allowed to be spouted as fact?  Why don’t We the People rise up in arms about the loss of our God-given rights to choose who we are and what we believe in?

Take gun control for instance.  Gun ownership in these united States is a hotly debated issue.  There are those that believe in our Constitutionally guaranteed right to have and bear arms.  Equally, there are those who wish to deny any and all Citizens that very right.  Let’s take a look at a country that not only believes in guns, but puts the responsiblity of having and using those guns directly on the population.

Switzerland and the gun

Thursday, 27 September, 2001, 13:19 GMT 14:19 UK

A picture of the Swiss Army

Between the ages of 21 and 32 men serve as frontline troops. They are given an M-57 assault rifle and 24 rounds of ammunition which they are required to keep at home.

Once discharged, men serve in the Swiss equivalent of the US National Guard, but still have to train occasionally and are given bolt rifles. Women do not have to own firearms, but are encouraged to.


But despite the wide ownership and availability of guns, violent crime is extremely rare. There are only minimal controls at public buildings and politicians rarely have police protection.

Statistics on violence in Switzerland are so low that the country doesn’t even keep them. Swiss men and women associate guns with pride and civil defense. That very responsibility they are taught as young men and women stays with them throughout their lives. Imagine being a criminal in Switzerland and knowing that everyone you meet or see might be armed… Personal freedom and responsibility. What is wrong with us?  Where is our sense of civic pride and responsibility?

Healthcare is another area that the government seeks to steal our choices from us.  Obamacare would severely limit anyones choice of care, those things which would be covered, and once locked into that Obamacare you cannot change it, cannot expect it to get better, cannot supplement it with another insurance unless you already carry that insurance BEFORE Obamacare goes into effect, and it STILL DOESN’T COVER DENTAL!!! It is a well known fact that good dental health has a direct effect on a person’s whole body health and yet repeatedly it is separated OUT of all healthcare insurance policies.  WHY?  Because everyone needs good dental care and a dentist.  That requires insurance companies to pay out and they are in the business of making money, not spending it!

Why does it cost so much for health insurance?  Because of sports and related injuries.  A few statistics on football alone come from Wikipedia:

The average NFL career lasts only 3.8 years. Injuries sustained by football players are often permanent. Many former football players experience pain, sometimes severe, that lasts for the rest of their lives. Many players require surgery, even multiple surgeries, for injuries experienced years earlier.

Deaths and long-term disability attributed to illegal use of anabolic steroids have become a new factor in this picture, starting in about the 1990s.

Instances of heat-related death, especially during professional practice sessions, have begun receiving press attention in the decade of the 2000s.

a 1994 Ball State University survey found that “players in the 1980s suffered serious injuries and underwent operations at twice the rate of those who played in the 1950s or earlier”.  A 2000 University of North Carolina study found that in the period between 1977 and 1998, each year on average 13 athletes had suffered catastrophic injuries (primarily permanent paralysis) through direct result of participation in football: “200 football players received a permanent cervical cord injury, and 66 sustained a permanent cerebral injury”.  Concussions are common, with an estimated 40,000 suffered every year among high school players alone . The National Football League now collects benchmark measures of awareness for each player, which can be used during a game to judge whether he has been concussed.

Yet with all these statistics from football alone, there is no sign of taking sports away. So why are smokers targeted? Why are the freedoms to choose to smoke worthy of being stripped while others maintain their right to choose permanent injury and death from sports?

The “health” related cries of anti-smokers don’t hold up when placed in conjunction with the rights of others to choose death and maiming in other ways.  Nor do their claims to second and third hand smoke make sense if you consider the fact that most baby-boomers grew up in households with smoking parents.  We didn’t die.  Most of us don’t have lung cancer either.  We are healthy and whole.  So why are our choices to smoke targeted as a “world health threat?”  Why aren’t we allowed to choose how we die?  Will sports athletes choices be taken from them?

What about auto racing?  Can you guess just how many car crashers there are during these races? How about just driving a vehicle in everyday life?  But no one is thinking of limiting or denying your ability to drive a car.  On the contrary, even though we know vehicle exhaust will kill you in less that 30 minutes there are no plans to ban cars or trucks and institute mass transit systems.  The number of deaths due to vehicles is staggering.  But the right to choose these death machines is not going to be curtailed any time soon.  However, the non-existent death by second hand smoke must be avoided at all costs.   Stupid is as stupid does…

List of motor vehicle deaths in U.S. by year

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is a list of motor vehicle deaths in the United States by year. Of note is that in the two worst years on record, 1979 and 1980, the difference in the total number of deaths was only two. On average in 2008, between 118 and 119 people were killed on the roadways of the U.S. each day.

Even though these deaths are being reported, far more than those related to smoking where there is no firm proof and only guestimates which others claim as fact.  The CDC makes much to-do about the smoking deaths, yet they cannot give you names and numbers of those who actually die from smoking or smoking related fatalities.  Did you know that if a person smoked during their lifetime but quit and was hit by a car and killed the CDC calls that a smoking related death? They do.  Don’t believe me?  Ask your local mortician about the questionnaire he has.  And that is only one example of the many they use to claim smoking kills.  So the numbers, causes, and instances of smoking related deaths are like the climategate numbers, inaccurate, false and inflated numbers, over dramatized, or just plain lies.  All geared to take away your choices, take away your freedoms, give the power to the elite instead of We the People whether that be in these united States or around the globe.

My freedom to choose is being taken from me.  I think sports is a waste of time and money, not to mention lives.  But I am not about to claim that sports kills and should be banned.  The same way I’m not demanding that all vehicles be taken off the streets because they DO kill.  I only want my right to choose to be as sacrosanct as those of anti-smokers, car enthusiasts and sports fans.  If I believe in freedom for all, how can someone elses freedom be more important than my own?  And if others can take away my freedom to choose why can’t I take away theirs?

However, there are those who don’t accept these numbers or false claims.  I applaud these people who *Just Say NO!”

Twin Falls Council rejects smoking ban

Posted on Wednesday, February 17 @ 02:56:45 EST by samantha

The Twin Falls City Council rejected a proposed smoking ban in city bars by a 6-1 vote Monday night after an hour of testimony from bar owners, bar employees and residents of both Twin Falls and nearby towns.

Most public comment, however, centered around concerns of the economic harm a ban would do to local business and about the city meddling with private property rights. Some said any changes should be made statewide, and noted that nonsmoking bar patrons have several establishments in town to choose from. Several nonsmokers objected to the ban on principle, while employees from two city bars supported opposite sides

Smokers don’t demand that EVERY bar allow smoking. We have NO problems with only a few of them being smoking. But at least as many should allow smoking as deny it. Those establishments that have closed their doors due to lack of patrons have done so because smokers and smoking have been banned. In these economic times it makes no sense to cut your nose off to spite your face and force all businesses to go smoke free.  What happened to the rights of property owners to run their businesses as they choose?

In Johnson City, Tennessee a new restraunt has opened, for smokers!  The restraunt, Smokies is only open to those 21 and older but is making a big hit with local residents.  For a change, smokers are allowed to enjoy what they once took for granted, smoking indoors while enjoying coffee or breakfast or any other meal.  Those smokers who are denied entrance are those that try to bring children into the establishment.

I think my own concerns have been very well expressed by Jeff Jacoby from the Boston Globe.  I’ve changed the order of the article, but it is a must read by all!:

Big Brother out of control

By Jeff Jacoby Globe Columnist / February 14, 2010

Nothing in the Constitution authorizes the federal government to take charge of “revamping the way American children eat and play.’’ It is only our passivity that makes such an encroachment possible. This used to be the land of the free. Is it still?

In Massachusetts, the Globe reported last week, new regulations will soon require thousands of restaurant workers to undergo state-designed training on handling food allergies, and every restaurant menu will have to be revised to include a new message: “Before placing your order, please inform your server if a person in your party has a food allergy.’’ In Pennsylvania, the Reading Eagle notes that it is illegal for volunteers to sell pies or cookies at a charity bake sale unless the treats were “prepared in kitchens inspected and licensed by the state Agriculture Department.’’ In Oregon, an eight-year-old boy was suspended from his public school on Monday because he came to class with a tiny plastic toy gun from his G.I. Joe action figure.

It isn’t to evil dictators with a lust for power that Americans have been slowly surrendering their autonomy. It is to well-intentioned authorities who believe sincerely that our freedoms must be circumscribed for our own good. At the White House on Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama announced what The New York Times called “a sweeping initiative . . . aimed at revamping the way American children eat and play – reshaping school lunches, playgrounds, and even medical checkups – with the goal of eliminating childhood obesity.’’

You see how slippery the slope is? Once you start to take one group of freedoms away it is that much easier to take the next, and the next, and so on until this is no longer the home of the brave or the land of the free. Anti-smokers may think they are doing the right thing, but they are oh so very wrong.

Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights!

As long as one group of individuals can remove the freedoms and rights  of another group there is no freedom for anyone.  Freedom is so very precious.  Freedom to use your property the way you want to, freedom to enjoy your vehicle and roads, freedom to go from State to State, these are freedoms we need to appreciate and defend.  Freedom and privacy go hand in hand.  Wherever one is lost, the other is lost also.  Be careful of the causes you promote.  Think in terms of the long range consequences.  This anti-smoking craze is not about health, it never was, it is about control.  Control is All About loss of freedom.  Are you willing to go there?  I’m not.  I would rather die than allow someone, (the government), to step on your freedom to choose,  what about you?  Are you willing to give up your freedom to a government that doesn’t have your best interests at heart?  Think about it.


~ by justmytruth on February 20, 2010.

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