Friends, countrymen/women, lend me your ear. I have some very bad news.
They say that those who do not remember history are doomed to repeat it.
Well, there is no other way to say it. We are doomed.
The Holocaust is upon us. Again. Only this time it is not in a land far away where the atrocities are relayed via Newsreel, teletype, tear stained love letters from the front.
No, it has come to this land of ours, assaulted our shores, is threatening a segment of our populace - singling them out for abuse, nay, torture.
I fear, if it is allowed to go unchecked, people may die.
Oh wait, they already are. At their own hand.
"But in Monongalia County now, I have to put a huge sticker on my buildings to say this is a smoke-free environment. This is brought to you by the government of Monongalia County. Okay?" Remember Hitler used to put Star of David on everybody’s lapel, remember that? Same thing."
I will pause while you collect yourselves for I know this is a serious subject and the ramifications are beyond dire.
Smokers. That demographic of our culture who prefer to inhale tar and nicotine and soil the air around them are suffering greatly, their suffering completely equal to the millions of Jews targeted and killed by Hitler.
In what is yet another hysterical overreach, this idiot truly believes that smokers, because they are being denied the freedom to light up anywhere, anytime, around anyone - are suffering the same treatment as the Jews in the Holocaust.
It is as big a leap of fucktarded logic as one can make.
I have a request of the GOP, the Tea Party, all their equally low effort thinking brethren - stop with the Hitler, Socialist, Marxist, Maoist, Communist bullshit. None of you even know what the words actually mean, and every time you open your mouth and attempt an analogy you embarrass yourselves. And quite frankly? You let George Bush run amok, killing this country's economy, literally killing our young soldiers with his fake war, stripping citizens of their rights, and you said NOTHING. So STFU. Your credibility is more than a little suspect.
Raese, when asked to clarify his statements, doubled down, "No, this is not a standard line, nor a misstatement. It is a loss of freedom. As Ronald Reagan once said, there is no such thing as partial freedom, there is only freedom."
A loss of freedom? I love that one, too. Just like the gun lovers who continue to loudly whine about their freedoms being taken away. Where? When has that happened despite all your histrionics that Obama's gonna take yer guns?
Look, Johnny, your freedom to smoke it up stops where it meets my freedom to breathe clean air. Your unwillingness to step outside has no right to endanger my health, and quite frankly, make me reek the way you do.
Because yes, you do smell bad. I don't care who here smokes and wants to claim otherwise. If you light up, no amount of gum, Scope, pine tree hanging from your rear view mirror, driving with your windows down, or jug of Febreeze is going to change the fact that it is in your hair, skin, clothing, vehicle, home. It clings to you and we smell it. One hug and *boom* it's on me too. I just have to walk close to where a smoker is smoking and it stays in my clothes all day.
If you want all that, fine. That is your choice. No one's taking your precious little white cylindars away from you. Just as it is your choice to fill your lungs up with a substance you know damned well is hurting you. Light up! Hell, be a circus act and cram a whole pack in your maw. Just do it where no one else has to breathe in your efforts.
But back to our hero John and his efforts to warn us all about our Hitleresque ways.
John, you're the poster child for idiocy. When we begin to round up you and your chimney throated friends; when we begin requiring they wear a cut out of a black lung on their clothing; when we kick you out of your homes, steal your belongings, separate you from your loved ones, put you in boxcars and run you all to camps where you slowly starve to death; and when we begin systematically killing you by the hundreds each day?
THEN you can come back with the comparison.
Until then, the only ones endangering a smoker's life is the smoker. And quite frankly, John, you're free to kill yourself as fast as you want to. I'll even supply the matches.