Yesterday Harley (in Kentucky) wrote:
Just for the record within minutes of fox news calling Pennsylvania for trump one foxnews gal on the panel went right for the democrat jugular and said IT ALL STARTED IN CALIFORNIA WITH THE SMOKING BANS and it quickly went to NYC and then she said the nannystate is DEAD.
She went further into how restricted freedom is in NYC today compared to just 10-13 years ago.
She went on that if trumps folks were to go out and do much theyd likely be breaking a nyc REGULATION or Law…………
He later added:
I don’t know her name but she had brown hair and about 30
Later Tom (in California) replied:
OMG – that someone actually said that, on live TV, coast to coast, in the US – I am flabbergasted. I wish they would say it again and again and in prime time for everyone to hear, not just once and in the late hours. But the announcer got that one right – it DID start with the CA and specifically, SF anti-smoking dictators – but with the 300% increase in tobacco plus sales tax in CA along with vaping becoming taxable, same as tobacco, the anti-smoking regime in SF will not die but be better funded for next time they expand outward. I think CA will still be repressed when it comes to tobacco and vaping while only marijuana will see more permission and encouragement being promoted. But I am shocked, someone on live TV, coast to coast, actually came out FOR ONCE and said THE TRUTH of the matter, the honest to God, un-adultered, actual truth.
I visited the Fox News website yesterday, hoping that there might be archive footage of her saying it, but I couldn’t find it. But there was a brown-haired girl on the panel in some of the footage. Who’s that girl on the right? Is she the one who said it?
It’s kinda crazy really, to go hunting for someone who said something on TV. But hardly anybody ever says these kinds of things on TV. You never hear anybody on TV here in Britain saying anything about smoking bans. It’s a non-subject for discussion. And in fact, it’s always been a non-subject for discussion. It became a non-subject for discussion the day after the 1 July 2007 smoking ban, and has stayed one ever since. Because it was declared a “great success” on day one, and that was that. And in fact, it was even a non-subject for discussion before the smoking ban. Because I kept waiting for the Big Debate that they used to have 10 years ago about one topic or other, and there never was one about the smoking ban. The debate was over before it even started. Just like the debate was over on Global Warming before it started. That’s how Political Correctness works: they always close down the debate, because that’s how they get the “consensus” opinion they want (Dick Puddlecote is reporting how they’re doing it right now in Delhi).
But the result of the non-discussion of this non-subject is that nobody gets to learn just how angry many smokers are about smoking bans and the accompanying obscenely punitive taxation of tobacco. Non-smokers don’t learn. Politicians don’t learn. Doctors don’t learn. Nobody learns.
And the resentment that many smokers (and most likely all smokers) feel is going to be expressed one way or other. And in my case I know that, after I learned that the European parliament had voted for a European smoking ban complete with show trials for prominent offenders, I switched from being pro-EU to anti-EU overnight. In fact, because there are some 150 million smokers in the EU, I thought that the entire EU project was doomed: how the heck can you hold together a cohesive European society while you’re demonising 30% of the people in it? It can’t be done! And this was one of the principal reasons why this Englishman voted on June 23 this year to leave the EU. It wasn’t the only reason, but it was a big part of it.
And it was also why I placed a bet on Donald Trump to win the US Presidency. Because I felt sure that there were enough Americans who were sufficiently sick of smoking bans (and similar intrusive regulations) to revolt against the political class that had been unloading it all onto them. And I felt sure because quite a few of them post comments on my blog (e.g. Harley, Tom, Smokervoter, Walt, and many more). I don’t have to live in America to know that American smokers hate smoking bans as much as I do.
And the other thing that I know about smoking bans is that the anger and resentment against them doesn’t go away. Smokers don’t “get used to” smoking bans. Quite the opposite, their anger and resentment only gets deeper as time goes by. One day of enduring a smoking ban, exiled outdoors next to some warm, cosy bar may be a small discomfort. But 10 years of enduring that small discomfort adds up to one very great discomfort, just like a penny a day for 10 years adds up to £36.52.
And that’s what’s happening all over the world, everywhere. I don’t need to be a Russian to know what Russian smokers feel about smoking bans. I don’t need to be an Indian to know what Indian smokers feel about smoking bans. The response will be the same everywhere. And the inevitable result will be explosions of popular resentment like Brexit or the shock election of Donald Trump. It’s why the EU is inevitably going to be torn apart by popular resentment towards the European political class.
We’ll probably never find out who that brown-haired girl on Fox News was. I imagine that Fox News won’t be inviting her back any time soon. She clearly has the Wrong Opinions. Didn’t she know that the smoking debate is totally over? Is she stupid or something?