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SOLO-NZ Press Release: Tyrant Tariana's Matriarchal Expansion
Submitted by Stephen Berry on Fri, 2012-04-20 13:02
SOLO-NZ Op-Ed: Tyrant Tariana's Matriarchal Expansion
“You give an inch and they’ll take a mile,” the old saying goes. When it comes to the Government, a saying could never be truer. This is especially so when it comes to tobacco. Astute politician that he is, John Key could never be called a man of principle. This is why a National Party Prime Minister could have such a cosy relationship with the Maori Party. It is also why an openly hostile enemy of personal freedom like Tariana Turia could manage to maintain the position of Associate Minsiter of Health for so long in a coalition that National does not even need.
First of all, I’m not going to jump on a soapbox to defend smoking. It is disgusting, it is deadly, it is addictive. I’m 29, have smoked for nearly 15 years and just recently failed my third attempt at quitting. I’m under no illusions about how filthy the habitual use of tobacco is. I’ll sit outside with a smoke on my work break, enjoying the replenishment of nicotine and the taste of tar, see other people smoking, and tell myself how disgusting they appear. I hate tobacco because I love it.
However, there is something I hate even more than being addicted to a deadly substance. That is the dirty filthy talentless scumbag parasitical busybody nanny politicians who dare to think they have the right to use pure fascism in their evil quest to act in my presumptive best interests. Tariana Turia, and by association all National MPs, fall into that category. Who do they think they are? How dare they? Like all forms of fascism, the Government campaign against tobacco consumption started with minute tip-toe steps before ballooning out into tyrannical oppression.
The state’s war against tobacco started off innocently enough, with excise taxes many decades ago—something quite fashionable in a socially conservative era where Government was presumed to be responsible for personal habits. However, governments have an undeniable trend of being anti-freedom. The trend for democratic governments in every democratic nation in history is for the creation of more laws, more regulation and less freedom. The undeniable tendency of politiians in a democratic government is to make laws. All the time. For several decades. This trend very rarely reverses.
In the early 90s, a new Smokefree Environments Act made it illegal to smoke in particular privately-owned public places, such as supermarkets and cinemas. This move was generaly accepted as being a part of the greater good. Property rights weren’t considered. Then advertising bans fell into place. Bans on sponsoring sports teams or events. Sucking the money out of grassroots sport. Then the Government took further steps. Shortly before the new millenium, bans on point-of-sale adverting were introduced. In the mid 2000s a ban on smoking in bars began to gain traction internationally. New Zealand was not immune to this trend, and property rights were once again vandalised in favour of parasitical politicans' view of a responsibility for the greater good.
By this stage you will have noticed a trend. Over time, Government has appointed itself defender of our personal morality and destroyer of our personal habits. Step by little step, over time, one destruction of liberty has passed after another. In July this year, tobacco vendors will not be permitted to display their wares in any manner. Tobacco enthusiasts will be doomed to a blind date in efforts to choose their favourite brand.
Finally, the mindless state-worshipping victims of Maori Party followers have put themselves into a position to further massacre what tentative liberties remain. The current Government has agreed, in principle, to imposing ‘plain packaging’ regulations on cigarettes. Not only does this violate the intellectual property rights of tobacco companies under international trade treaties, it violates the basic freedoms we all possess irrelevant of political law. It violates the right to free speech and the right to trade freely with another willing party. It violates the right to choose what you put into your body. It also further pushes otherwise legitimate consumers of tobacco into the black market.
Whether you smoke or not, if you love liberty, this is an excellent opportunity to draw a line in the sand. If you truly love liberty, you will be disgusted by this latest imposition upon individual freedom. You should also be aware, by now, that the only trend for a democratic government is to grow larger, pass more laws and regulate your life. You may not be a tobacco user, but at some stage you will also feel the impact of a rapdily growing state impeding upon the activities you enjoy.
There is no left or right. Only freedom and tyranny.
Stephen Berry: firstname.lastname@example.org
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