OBAMA MOVING NANNY STATE TO THE MILITARY?

BY: DR. FOREST LEWIS

Not satisfied with dealing with the civilian population like a bunch of children, our dictatorial President, Barack Hussein-Obama, has now set his socialist sights on the finest military in the world!

Let me state clearly, I am not an advocate of cigarette smoking.  I started smoking cigarettes at the age of sixteen. This was at the time when cigarettes were seen as a rite of passage if you wanted to be looked upon as a man. It was the times, ladies and gentlemen. Everywhere that you went, there were cigarette smokers. Tobacco provided jobs for members of my family in Virginia. Both my mom and dad would go out daily in the 1950’s to “Shake Tobacco” for a half-dollar an hour. In many ways, tobacco which is being condemned by so many today, “Saved A Lot Of lives,” by allowing breadwinners to put food on the table for their young. You will hear none of this from today’s elitists.

When I entered the Marine Corps, I became a heavier smoker, sometimes smoking more than two packs a day. I should point out that I was in Vietnam at this point. However, when I returned home, I continued this habit. I only knew a few Marines who didn’t smoke, whether it was a pipe, or cigar, Marines always had “The Smoking Lamp On.”

Nearly forty years ago, I came to my senses. I quit smoking “Cold Turkey.” Let me let you in on a well guarded secret. Most people who give up smoking, do it on their own; no hypnosis, pills, groups, “On Their Own.” However, you have to find something that you value more than cigarettes. In my case, it was my two small children at the time. I realized, not the government, not my family, I realized that if I wanted to see my children grow into adults, I had to quit smoking.  Surprisingly, I had figure this out by myself, “Smoking Kills.”

Cigarette addiction, and let’s be frank here, is an addiction. The DSM-IV even has a diagnosis for cigarette addiction. It is called, “Nicotine Dependence. Someone who is addicted to cigarettes have a physical as well as a psychological dependence to this “Legal Drug.” Studies have shown that it is easier for an Intravenous user of heroin to kick their habit quicker, then it is for the cigarette smoker. Obama’s Pentagon health experts are reportedly calling on Defense Secretary, Robert Gates to ban the use of “All Tobacco” by our troops.

If the “Cigarette Police” get their way, tobacco could no longer be sold on military property. Further, the desire of these people which is to rule every aspect of our lives, say they will recommend that all new officers as well as enlisted men and women be non-users of tobacco. According to a study on cigarettes and the military, the ban would be phased in over a twenty year period. Pentagon spokeswoman, Cynthia Smith says her Department is all for a smoke-free military. And she optimistically said that she thought the ban could be achieved.

I am against people smoking. However, since we still live in a free country, and cigarettes remain legal, we have to ask ourselves, what will these people try to ban next for our military men and women? Presently, one in three service men/women are users of tobacco. The heaviest smokers are soldiers and Marines. And guess what? These are the men who have done most of the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Reality Check: Men in combat are fifty percent more likely to pick up a cigarette, compared to troops who have never been in combat. Why is that? Cigarettes “Are A Drug.” There are properties within cigarettes that have a calming effect. What the Obama administration is taking on is a culture that is hundreds of years old. You can not apply the same rules to a Soldier or Marine, to that of a civilian; especially men who are engaging in vicious firefights, day in and day out.

If these control freaks are successful with banning cigarettes, why not ban alcohol? Trust me, alcohol is used in great proprotions by our military. Alcohol like cigarettes, contribute to health problems, which costs the VA millions every year. While we are at it, let’s tell the men and women in our military that they must eat the same foods as PETA members. And that we will have a pantywaist socialist “Tuck Them Into Bed Each Night.”

One of the healthiest men on the planet at one time was the late runner Jim Fixx. Mr. Fixx decided one day to take a jog. He hit the road, and promptly dropped dead of a heart attack. The moral of the story is this. Man can not control when he will die. Yes, I know that we can do things that can prolong our lives, but you do not have the power to say what day, what time, and what year you will leave this planet. There is only one person who has that power. His name happens to be God. Not Barack Hussein-Obama!

It is ironic that while some of the smoking police at the Pentagon would like to ban smoking, these same people are out there pushing to lift the ban on “Don’t Ask–Don’t Tell.” This is a Clinton ban that forbids homosexuals from serving openly in the military.

If the left continues with its lunacy, it won’t be long before no one will be willing to sign up for the military. The military, especially the Marine Corps has a history of turning boys into men.  It looks like Obama wants a military composed of “Girlie Men.”

A final note: President Obama should try to get legislation passed outlawing cigarettes altogether, or leave military smokers alone.  Oh, I forgot, military people don’t pay taxes on their cigarettes, but civilians do. So this hypocritical government will decry the use of cigarettes while at the same time raking in billions and billions of dollars from the taxes on this “Demon Drug.”

 

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One Comment

  1. lyn
    Posted July 12, 2009 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Let the military people alone. They fight hard for our country to promote our freedom.

    LEAVE OUR MILITARY PEOPLE ALONE. IF THEY WANT TO SMOKE LET THEM. THEY FIGHT HARD SO WE HAVE FREEDOMS…..SHOULD THEY MORE THAN ANYONE HAVE THEIR OWN FREEDOMS. THIS BAN ON SMOKING IS ABSOLUTELY LUDICROUS. THERE IS INCREDIBLE STRESS INVOLVED….HAVING AN OUTLET CERTAINLY LESSENS THIS STRESS FOR MANY OF THE MILITARY PEOPLE AND PROBABLY REDUCES DEPRESSION, NERVOUS BREAKDOWNS AND MAYBE EVEN SUICIDES.


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