Is Antismoking as Racist as it is Anti-American?

In recent times I’ve come to regard antismoking as profoundly anti-American. After all, America first gave the world tobacco. And America first got rich from tobacco. So hating tobacco and hating America go hand in hand. And it’s always seemed to me that the tobacco-hating Hillary Clinton also hates America. And there seem to be a lot of people like Hillary Clinton in America.

But it also occurs to me that antismoking is also profoundly racist. After all it was the native American Indians who first gave tobacco to the European settlers, and showed them how to smoke it, and how to grow it. So hatred of tobacco is hatred of American Indians and of American Indian culture.

I think I can understand how it happened, because the same thing happened with the British in India, when they began to cohabit with the Indians, and adopt many of their customs. It was called “going native”, and it was deeply frowned upon. And most likely the exact same thing happened in colonies like Virginia. The English settlers were expected to keep themselves separate from the native American Indians, and preserve their English culture and language and customs. And starting smoking tobacco was “going native”, and probably as strongly disapproved as “going native” in India or anywhere else. Famous Brits who “went native” include Lord Byron, and T.E. Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia).

So I can imagine that in places like Virginia there was cultural conflict between the rigidly English settlers, who preserved all their English customs (and were probably more English than the English), and their compatriots who began adopting American Indian customs like smoking tobacco, and maybe also eating American Indian foods (corn, maize?), and wearing American Indian clothes (cotton?). It wasn’t that tobacco was regarded as a dangerous or addictive drug, but that it was despised as a native American custom. And it was probably a cultural conflict that deepened when some Americans started selling tobacco back to the Old World, and got very rich doing so (and most likely got far richer than their rigidly English compatriots).

If so, then those settlers who adopted native American customs became American in ways that their rigidly English compatriots did not, and came to identify more and more with America than with England. And these were the people who were to eventually fight for American independence (Alex Jones repeatedly says that only 3% of Americans fought for independence from Britain).

Much the same happened elsewhere in the Americas. The Spanish in Mexico gradually began to identify more with Mexico than with Spain, and the Portuguese in Brazil came to identify more with Brazil than with Portugal. And they in their turn got their independence too.

So antismokers can be charged with being a) anti-American, and b) anti-native American racists. And of course on top of this they can be charged with being c) nazis (who were also anti-American and deeply racist). Isn’t it odd that these are precisely the charges that are routinely hurled at middle-American Trump supporters?

Most interesting of all is the case of Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is as antismoking as any, as can be seen in the 6 minute c-span video below,

in which she comes out as strongly against e-cigarettes as she is against tobacco. (And in which she reveals that Teddy Kennedy was strongly antismoking as well – something I didn’t know.)

And yet this was the woman who’s sometimes called Pocahontas, and had DNA tests done to prove that she had native American Indian ancestry (but actually ended up proving that she was no more native American Indian than any other American).

The fact that Warren had a DNA test done actually goes to show that she cares very deeply about her ancestry and her genetic background. And what else is a racist than someone who cares very deeply about DNA and ancestry?

So Elizabeth Warren can be doubly charged with racism, for a) being strongly opposed to native American Indian-gifted tobacco, and b) having a DNA test done in order to prove that she isn’t a native American Indian.

And this is the woman who some Democrats see as the next US President. She’s almost as bad as Hillary Clinton.

I hope the citizens of Massachusetts vote her out of office next week as their Senator, although this doesn’t seem very likely to happen.

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11 Responses to Is Antismoking as Racist as it is Anti-American?

  1. Interesting concept. On the other side of the coin, you could also say smoking is racist. After all, it was the slaves who used to pick the tobacco :-)

  2. Smoking Lamp says:

    Antismoking is antihuman! It attacks all races and classes seeking to normalize oppression!

  3. Joe L. says:

    The fact that Warren had a DNA test done actually goes to show that she cares very deeply about her ancestry and her genetic background.

    I don’t believe Warren cares very deeply about her ancestry and her genetic background. I think she only had the DNA test done because she was publically called out for making a baseless claim of being Native American in order to win over the votes of minorities. She only cares about her public image. She was hoping the results would vindicate her, but it backfired, making her not only a liar but also a racist, while also making a mockery of genuine minorities who have actually been oppressed.

    And what else is a racist than someone who cares very deeply about DNA and ancestry?

    Excellent point. However, if my assumption is correct, Warren isn’t simply a racist. She’s even more despicable–she’s a selfist. An arrogant, narcissistic career politician who values her own public image and winning elections far more than she values the constituents she is supposed to represent. She’s so self-absorbed that I think she doesn’t even realize she’s a racist.

  4. waltc says:

    Well, in the narrow sense you’re using, there’s a lot of cultural anti-americanism among our progressive elites. The war on Coke, hot dogs and hamburgers (verdict still out on Mom’s apple pie but after all it’s made with sugar). Though I’m not at all sure it applies to tobacco despite tobacco’s origins (i think that’s another story) it does seem to apply to the very founding principles–the idea of the individual, the rights in the Bill of Rights. It seems to detest the American character, a continuation of the meme of The Ugly American, or the oafish tourist in Hawaiian shirt and shorts galumphing around the Vatican or the Champs Elysee. It finds us lacking the sophistication of Europe with its socialist technocracies and One World visions. It hates American patriotism, deplores its flag. Increasingly it hates the American male, especially white ones, especially straight ones and all the crude stupid things that might interest them, from football to cars. (Cars are another American invention, along with the lightbulb, that it’s now good to hate.) So in general, I agree: the left hates America.

    • Frank Davis says:

      I was trying to think of all the other things that the Americas have given the world which are also hated, aside from tobacco. Sugar. The coca in Coca-Cola. Chocolate. Does the hatred extend even to cotton and Indian corn/maize? Perhaps it does. What other American farm farm products have I missed?

      In fact sugar cane originates in southeast Asia, but was popularised when exported from the Americas.. Same with cotton that originates in India. So they’re not indigenous. Coffee, which I almost included, comes from Ethiopia and Sudan apparently. Are turkeys native to America? Yes, they are.

      • Joe L. says:

        What other American farm farm products have I missed?

        Beef.

        • Frank Davis says:

          Beef is just as British as it is American. Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding is pretty much our national dish. And the French even call us rosbifs

        • Joe L. says:

          True, beef/domesticated cattle may not be uniqely native to the Americas, but the livestock industry, like the tobacco industry, was an early industrial success story in America, with large, successful stockyards in Chicago and New York.

          I guess the current demonization of beef is more related to the Progressives’ disdain of early American industry, and not necessarily the origin of the product itself. But nevertheless, today, beef is largely associated with America, and is currently under an attack similar to the attack on tobacco.

  5. nazis (who were also anti-American and deeply racist)

    Deeply racist, yes they were, though I doubt they were as anti-American as you portray them to have been: one of the main points of nazism was to import 1920’s american-style racial segration to continental Europe, with jews replacing black folks. That insanity, along with the ‘Autobahns’ gradually replacing the railway system, represents a sure-fire method to put an end to the human experience in a matter of decades (yes, the energy-intensive problem is a *real* one!). In short: Hitler’s legacy lives on, and antismoking hysteria (as regards the spurious LC to smoking link, pioneered by his regime), is but an aspect of it!

  6. beobrigitte says:

    Most interesting of all is the case of Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is as antismoking as any, as can be seen in the 6 minute c-span video below,…
    With me the video lasted 1 min 35 seconds after which my bullshit detector hit the red field that caused the video to incinerate.

    And yet this was the woman who’s sometimes called Pocahontas, and had DNA tests done to prove that she had native American Indian ancestry (but actually ended up proving that she was no more native American Indian than any other American).
    No DNA tests are required to prove that this woman has no native american DNA.

    In many teachings, the smoke from burned tobacco has a purpose of carrying thoughts and prayers to the spirit world or to the Creator.3 When used appropriately, traditional tobacco is not associated with addiction and adverse health impacts.4
    http://keepitsacred.itcmi.org/tobacco-and-tradition/traditional-tobacco-use/
    I do believe we smokers use tobacco appropriately. A writer takes a drag of a cigarette whilst mulling over and formulating the next sentence; A person who just received bad news takes time out by lighting a cigarette in order to come to terms with it … and so on. There is definitely something spiritual about tobacco. It causes to be open minded. Senator Warren is not. No open mind – no questions.

    The fact that Warren had a DNA test done…
    just proves that she is mindless. These DNA tests are a wonderful money spinner. But people who have no questions don’t spot that bit. Of course I will have some Viking DNA (father’s side) as well as Franken and even Roman DNA – and a lot more, even gothic.
    And at the end we all discover we are descendants from Africa, with some of very few of us having some vague Neanderthal gene indications. In short: Waste of cash.

    … actually goes to show that she cares very deeply about her ancestry and her genetic background. And what else is a racist than someone who cares very deeply about DNA and ancestry?
    She cares? There could be the suspicion that this anti-smoking whatever was trying to home in on the native americans to tell them that their tradition is killing them and that they are responsible for the dumb white race that gave them alcohol now smokes itself to death prematurely at e.g. 97 years of age (Helmut Schmitt).

    I hope the citizens of Massachusetts vote her out of office next week…
    So do I.

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