Cigars, Freedom, Smoking Bans

Liberty at Stake ~ Never be Silent!

1 Comment 06 September 2010

Whether you enjoy smoking or not, you should be upset with the erosion of our freedoms here and around the world. The nanny state is attempting to control everything we do and enjoy in our lives.

We all better start paying attention to the liberties being infringed upon. And not only ours, but our friends, people around us, and the businesses that need our support against the corruption of the state.

In the following video Jeff Borysiewicz owner of Corona Cigar Company & founding member of Cigar Rights of America; responds to Mayor Richard Crotty’s tobacco ban during public comment at an Orange County Commission Meeting.

If you think none of this applies to you because you don’t use tobacco, think again. When the nannies are through with tobacco they’ll come after your favorite pastime next.

Consider the following famous statement about the inactivity of German intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power and the purging of their chosen targets, group after group. It is relevant when thinking on your general liberties as well:

In Germany,
They came first for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up.

~Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892-1984) German anti-Nazi theologian and Lutheran pastor

For in the end when one of the liberties you enjoy is at stake, there may be no way left for you to fight back.

Never be Silent!

  • Make your opinions known, and do not fear retribution for speaking your mind!
  • The only ones who will aggressively try to silence you are the ones who do not respect the liberties and rights of the individual!
  • Those people deserve our contempt, and when you draw them out of the shadows by exercising your civil right to freedom of speech, they will expose themselves for what they truly are!

“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards out of men.”
~Abraham Lincoln

They came for tobacco first. They’re gunning for alcohol. Fatty foods are now enemy No. 1. Fossil fuels are high on the hit list. Speak up while you still have the chance.

Prohibition goes beyond common sense: It attempts to control man’s appetite by legislation & makes crimes out of things that aren’t crimes.

“Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.”
~Abraham Lincoln, Speech in the Illinois House of Rep., Dec 18, 1840.

A prohibitionist is the sort of man one couldn’t care to drink with, even if he drank.
~H. L. Mencken

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  1. Chrissy D says:

    These points are what I’ve been talking about for years now! The cigar industry gets clumped together with cigarettes and the rest of the tobacco industry, with no regard to the vast differences in the health effects of cigar smoke, as well as the habits of cigar smokers. It amazes me that while various branches of government crack down on the tobacco industry and people’s right to smoke, yet they take far less extreme measures to fight the number one killer in the US: Heart Disease. Why are there no laws stating that government employees who eat more than two fast food items a week will be fined?

    I could go on and on…. 🙂

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