H/T Walt for this article on Mike Pence, Trump’s VP choice.
An archived page from Pence’s campaign website, unearthed last year by BuzzFeed, contains an article titled “The Great American Smoke Out,” which states:
Time for a quick reality check. Despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn’t kill. In fact, 2 out of every three smokers does not die from a smoking related illness and 9 out of ten smokers do not contract lung cancer.
The article went on to admit that smoking is bad for you (“news flash: smoking is not good for you. If you are reading this article through the blue haze of cigarette smoke you should quit”), but not as bad for you as big government. “The relevant question is, what is more harmful to the nation, second hand smoke or back handed big government disguised in do-gooder healthcare rhetoric.”
The danger, Pence warned, was that if government grew big enough to protect Americans against smoking, what was next? Fatty foods? SUVs? “Those of you who find the tobacco deal acceptable should be warned as you sit, reading this magazine, sipping a cup of hot coffee with a hamburger on your mind for lunch,” the article says. “A government big enough to go after smokers is big enough to go after you.”
That was written 15 years ago, and was highly prescient. Pence could see what was coming down the track. What’s his record as the governor of Indiana on smoking bans? I think GaryK lives in Indiana, not far from Chicago, so he might know.
I took a look at a few US left wing blogs to see whether anyone was hissing and screeching about this, but found nothing about it at all.
In other news, Dick Puddlecote reports on a visit to the Royal Society of Medicine for a discussion of the “regulation of pleasure”, where it was heartening to read that several people had been saying some very sensible things, like:
Another speaker, the Earl Of Erroll – a former soldier who said that his goal in life had never been about making absolutely sure he lived as long as possible, along with millions of others…
Not my goal in life either. And after someone had accused the medical profession of being unenlightened, the response was:
“It is not practitioners which are the problem, we are mostly receptive, it is the likes of the BMA and other organisations which claim to speak on our behalf.”
This is precisely what I suspected was the case. The top echelons of the medical profession have been infiltrated by PC ideologues who don’t represent most practising doctors.
So how do you get rid of them? It’s a bit like when the unions were controlled by ideologues like Arthur Scargill in the 1970s. What we need now is for professional organisations like the BMA and RCP (and lots of others, including the Royal Society) to have their power and influence comprehensively broken in much the same way as the unions in the 1980s.
There must be some way of doing it that doesn’t involve surrounding their headquarters with crack troops, and burning them out with teams of flamethrowers moving slowly and methodically from room to room.