Back in March I devoted a few posts to deranged NYC councillor Peter Koo’s proposal to ban smoking while walking on NYC streets. I’ve heard little more about it since, and I’m told that most other NYC councillors aren’t interested. Why not? They all seem to be Democrats. Why wouldn’t they want another piece of legislation to stick it to reviled smokers? Isn’t that what they’re all about?
But in the USA another piece of deranged anti-smoker legislation is coming into force at the end of July: the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) home smoking ban, which will prohibit residents from smoking in their own homes.
From NYC Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment (CLASH) website:
Maybe you’ve found C.L.A.S.H. because you are a person who lives in any of the public housing complexes across the country and have received notice that you will be forced outside of your private apartment because the U.S. Dept. of Housing has dictated that smoking (cigarettes, cigars, hookahs, electronic cigarettes) will be banned inside your home effective July 31, 2018 (or sooner at the will of each local Public Housing Authority). So in your anger and frustration you have searched for help and discovered C.L.A.S.H.
Whether you are a directly affected resident or someone who simply, and rightfully, finds this intrusion into private homes by a federal agency to be one of the most egregious assaults on and threat to everyone’s fundamental right to privacy to engage in a legal activity within the confines of one’s own home, know that C.L.A.S.H. is fully aware of the situation and has been since C.L.A.S.H. first objected to it when HUD first proposed it at the end of 2015.
C.L.A.S.H. agrees that HUD’s rule is fraught with serious constitutional questions. To quote the editorial board of the NY Observer who wrote at the time: “It may be the most far-reaching, intrusive and over-reaching executive order of the entire Obama administration.”
CLASH’s Audrey Silk has mounted a law suit against the ban, using her own money, and set up a GoFundMe PRIVACY IN THE HOME legal fund page.
Since this mad law is the work of the Obama administration, one would have hoped that with Ben Carson running HUD under the Trump administration, steps would have been taken to nix the law before it comes into force. But Ben Carson is a doctor, and Trump doesn’t smoke, and Obama holdovers are still in place almost everywhere in the US government, so most likely they can’t do anything about it even if they wanted to (and they probably don’t want to).
If I had anything to do with it, I’d be working to set up a citizens’ resistance organisation – THUD (Terminate Housing and Urban Development)? – to fight it, using their 2nd Amendment right to bear arms if necessary (and it probably will be necessary).
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
If you have a right to bear arms, you must also have the right to use them.
This is how civil wars start, and there are more and more people in the USA predicting exactly that: civil war. Alex Jones on Infowars.com has been predicting it for a long time, most recently 4 days ago when he aired Mike Adams’ epic and shocking speech (which starts 18 minutes into the video). From ZeroHedge a day or two back:
Snyder: “While Many On The Right Are Sleeping, Many On The Left Are Promising To Bring War To The Streets Of America”
And earlier from Economic Collapse:
Civil conflict is coming to America, and it is going to tear our nation apart. Earlier today I received an email from a good friend about the rising tide of anger and frustration that we are currently witnessing in America. After thinking about it for a few moments, I wrote back and told him that I don’t know if there is any way to stop what is coming at this point. In my entire lifetime, we have never been closer to a “civil war” in this country than we are right now.
And here’s Lionel Nation a couple of days back:
He starts the video by saying:
“We are in – America is in – the midst of what is a civil war.”
And here’s Joe diGenova – an attorney who was (is?) going to work for Trump – speaking yesterday (4 minutes in):
“Could we possibly get into a civil war? We’re in a civil war in this country right now. Let me just make that very clear right now, underscore, end of sentence, simple: we are in a cultural and political civil war right now.”
It’s a civil war that’s likely to not only tear America apart, but also tear Europe apart as well. For the same forces are at work in Europe as in America. It’s a war that’s going to be fought between realists and idealists.
The HUD home smoking ban is as good an example as any of what the war will be about. On the one hand there are a bunch of idealists trying to legislate an utopian (smoke-free) ideal world into existence, forcing people to change the way they live, controlling everything they do. And on the other hand there are a bunch of people who want to preserve their chosen way of life, conserve their cultures and nations. It’s as simple as that, really.
In Europe it’s the conflict between the globalist, borderless, progressive, idealistic EU and the populist, nationalist, conservatives in most of the nations of Europe. It’s the conflict between Brexit and anti-Brexit.
It’s a conflict that’s even going on inside the Roman Catholic Church between traditionalists and progressives:
These German bishops “consider the secularization and de-Christianization of Europe as an irreversible development,” he said, and for this reason have abandoned the “New Evangelization,” since it is in their view “a battle against the objective course of history, resembling Don Quixote’s battle against the windmills.”
Having succumbed to modernity and defeatism, these German bishops believe that “all the doctrines of the faith that are opposed to the ‘mainstream,’ the societal consensus, must be reformed,” he added.
The conflict is found everywhere.
The idealists always believe that history is heading in some particular direction (usually called “Progress”), and they see their job as being to facilitate or enable the inevitable historical process (towards a smoke-free, fat-free, sugar-free, wind-powered, de-Christianised, borderless, New World Order) to be played out. It’s an ubiquitous mentality which Karl Popper was writing about in The Poverty of Historicism 80 years ago:
The Poverty of Historicism was first written as a paper which was read in 1936, then updated and published as a book in 1957. It was dedicated “In memory of the countless men and women of all creeds or nations or races who fell victim to the fascist and communist belief in Inexorable Laws of Historical Destiny.”
Nothing has changed in the intervening 80 years. Nothing at all.