"America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within."
--Joseph Stalin

Monday, July 13, 2009

Dodging bullets and shrapnel okay but smoking not

Will Malven
7/13/2009

More on the Liberal fascist state of Obama and Democrats...I just have to comment on the absurdity of this latest push by "Liberal do-gooders" to take cigarettes away from our troops.

Seems that some Brainiac in the Pentagon's Veterans Department figured out that smoking is bad for you...do tell. I wonder what they think about dodging bullets and defusing IED's.

In the Liberals' world, there is always someone thinking up some means of limiting an individual's freedom..."for their own good." In this case I can guarantee you the individual or individuals involved have never been closer to the battle field than seeing it on the television from their living room...but as usual for Liberals, that doesn't prevent them from being "experts" on a soldier's life (pardon me for using "soldier" as a stand in for all members of the various services, no disrespect intended).

This is from USA Today:

"Ban on tobacco urged in military
By Gregg Zoroya
USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — Pentagon health experts are urging Defense Secretary Robert Gates to ban the use of tobacco by troops and end its sale on military property, a change that could dramatically alter a culture intertwined with smoking.

Jack Smith, head of the Pentagon's office of clinical and program policy, says he will recommend that Gates adopt proposals by a federal study that cites rising tobacco use and higher costs for the Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs as reasons for the ban.

The study by the Institute of Medicine, requested by the VA and Pentagon, calls for a phased-in ban over a period of years, perhaps up to 20. "We'll certainly be taking that recommendation forward," Smith says."

So, here we have a bunch of young men who are in prime condition, trained and battle hardened, capable of fighting in a fluid combat situation and able to make snap life-or-death decisions and improvise tactics when confronted by unpredicted and unpredictable situations, but who cannot be allowed to make their own decisions about whether or not to smoke cigarettes.

Nope, only a Liberal do-gooder in an office back in Washington D.C. is capable of making that decision...go figure.

I looked up this Jack Smith who heads the Pentagon's Department of Clinical and Program Policy, and I'm sure he is a good egg (most do-gooders are "good eggs," well meaning and misguided) it's just that, like most of these good eggs, this one is cracked a bit.

The guy is an M.D. who served for 30 years in the Navy as a surgeon and Commanding Officer of Naval Hospital, Yokosuka, Japan, so give him his "props," he's earned them. He also has a degree in Medical Management from Tulane which probably tells you how he began to go wrong-it's like an MBA for doctors.
Here's his bio at the DOD.
Doctor Smith (does that name give anyone else the "willies," as in the evil "Doctor Smith" of the old "Lost in Space" series?) anyway, Doctor Smith has done a lot of good for a lot of people throughout his career, so I'm not going to trash him too severely, just his "do-gooder" attitude.

Being a doctor, especially a military doctor who has seen a lot of casualties and probably saved a lot of sailors' lives, is a career which lends itself naturally to engendering the individual with a God complex. It must be hard to prevent it when one is faced with life or death decisions, but it doesn't excuse his "do-gooder" actions.

This is the essence of being a Liberal, the overwhelming desire to control the thoughts and actions of other people "for their own good." They can't help it. It comes from the natural arrogance, usually born of ignorance, that being a good Liberal requires. After all, they know better than you what is in your best interest.

It's kind of like the derisive laugh a Liberal emits when confronted by a well reasoned argument with which he cannot deal...he laughs as though to imply that the argument is absurd, when in reality he has just been slapped down by a conservative during a political discussion. Logic is the one facet of thinking which escapes Liberals completely.

It is a truism that anytime a "do-gooder" (Liberal or otherwise) says he wants to do something "for your own good," look to your freedom and liberty because some part of it is about to be taken from you..."for your own good."

Liberals hate freedom. Liberals hate individual liberty. Liberals love to control other people and their behavior (and thoughts-as in "hate crimes" legislation). Who knew God made Liberals all-knowing and all-wise?

Somehow I doubt he did, since they tend to be on the forefront of those who deny His existence.

There is one aspect of life with which everyone...including doctors must come to terms...everyone dies and there is nothing that any human can do to prevent it.

No one, not even the best intentioned "do-gooder" can eliminate all risks in life so why don't you "do-gooders" just
back off and allow individuals to make their own decisions. Yes many of them will make bad decisions, but that is their God given right. It is up to them to deal with the consequences (and us sometimes) as we provide their care if they are in the military, but after their sacrifices don't you think maybe they have earned that right?

Even if it costs the American tax-payer a little more money, these people have chosen to risk their lives in service to us. To me that's a pretty good bargain for the ability to sleep peacefully at night in our own beds.

Hey Defense Secretary Gates, LEAVE THE TROOPS' CIGARETTES ALONE!!! You and they have far more important things to occupy your time...like surviving on a battlefield and achieving victory.

God save us from the do-gooders.

Long Live Our American Republic!!!!

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