Rush Limbaugh wasn’t actually talking about smoking, but he may as well have been.
Now, to me, the dangerous thing here is… I mean, these people exist and they’ve always existed, but they have this arrogance of supremacy and contempt about them that they automatically conclude that they are the ones who are normal and that they are the ones who are in the majority and that they have the right, not just to disagree with these people, but to go out and destroy them, to impugn them.
I think if you had to boil down the thing that worries me most about the country, it’s not a specific thing. It is what is becoming and what has happened to these formally universally accepted characteristics of “normal,” and now those characteristics have become the definitions of a threat, the definitions of a problem. They have become the characteristics that the left wants to destroy. Now, I understand why.
It’s because the left knows it’s not normal, and nobody wants to run around thinking they’re abnormal. Nobody wants to think that. So these people are weaponizing and attempting to redefine what’s normal with them and their beliefs and behaviors as the definitions, which, okay. But what do they do with people who then no longer qualify? Then there’s out and out punishment! They want to punish these people who always have been the definition of normal because they never were normal in these people’s minds, and it’s time that they essentially be wiped out.
I grew up in a world of smoking, and for me smokers have always been the definition of normal. But antismokers want to punish smokers, because they never saw smoking as normal. Antismokers want to wipe out smokers and smoking.
They’ve quite deliberately set out to de-normalise smoking. That’s the word they use themselves: de-normalise. Which means that it used to be normal, and they’re trying to make it no longer normal. They’re trying to de-normalise normality.
In fact, it’s not just smoking that they’re trying to de-normalise. They’re trying to de-normalise more or less everything. They’re trying to de-normalise Christianity. And to de-normalise patriotism. And to de-normalise heterosexuality. And to de-normalise language (or at least de-normalise words like “he” and “she”). And de-normalise meat-eating. And so on.
I think the idea is that if you can de-normalise pretty much everything, then you can define a new set of norms. And then you’ve redefine normality from being one thing to being something else. And if you can re-define “yours” to be “mine”, then what was once yours will become mine.
The ultimate aim is political. To achieve some sort of socialist utopia, you de-normalise Capitalism, and you normalise Communism.
But up at back of all this is a belief that norms actually can be redefined. Which is like believing that lies can become truths, if repeated enough times. And that’s how Tobacco Control works. It works by telling lies about tobacco. It tells lie after lie after lie.
The lying has never been more obvious than when it came to vaping. As soon as e-cigarettes appeared, the antismokers instantly started telling lies about them too. Because that’s all that the antismokers in Tobacco Control have always been doing: telling lies.
And that’s all that Public Health does: tell lies. They tell lies not just about tobacco, but also about alcohol, and sugar, and fat, and meat, and salt. And it’s all lies. It’s non-stop, wall-to-wall lies.
Something Winston Churchill once said:
In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.
And Tobacco Control and Public Health are fighting a war. And so they tell lies. They tell whole brigades and battalions and armies of lies.
But in their case there has ceased to be any truth that is being protected. All they have is a pack of lies. There’s nothing else.
But I think the truth eventually defeats the lies. Three equations: 1+1 = 1, 1+1 = 2, 1+1 = 3. One of them is true, and the other two are lies. I think I know which one is true, and it will always be true, regardless of how often the lies are repeated.
And I think it’s the same with normality. Normality is also a kind of truth. And normality wins out in the end. In fact, it won out at the beginning, because that’s why it was normality to start with.