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,
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.