|"For the power
of man to make himself what he pleases means, as
we have seen, the power of some men to make other
men what they please."
C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man
"The most certain test by which we judge
whether a country is really free is the amount of
security enjoyed by minorities."
Lord Acton, The
History of Freedom and Other Essays,
"Those who deny freedom to others deserve it
not for themselves, and, under a just God, cannot
long retain it."
Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the
United States, To Henry L.
Pierce and Others, April 6, 1859
"Force (is) the vital principle and
immediate parent of depotism."
Thomas Jefferson, third president of the
United States. First Inaugural Address, March
"Experience hath shown, that even under the
best forms (of government) those entrusted with
power have, in time, and by slow operations,
perverted it into tyranny."
Bill for the More General Diffusion
of Knowledge, 1778
"The merchant has no
The Writings of Thomas Jefferson
of the press is guaranteed to those who own
American journalist A.J. Liebling, Contribution,
The New Yorker, May 14, 1960
"True opinions can prevail only if the facts
to which they refer are known; if they are not
known, false ideas are just as effective as true
ones, if not a little more effective."
American writer/editor Walter Lippmann,
Liberty and the News, 1920
property was the original source of freedom. It
still is its main bulwark."
Walter Lippmann, The Good Society,
lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies
there, no constitution, no law, no court can save
The Spirit of Liberty, 1944
and madmen never have doubts."
British essayist, novelist
people, remember this: You may acquire liberty,
but once lost it is never regained."
Jean Jacques Rousseau,
Swiss-born French philosopher,
The Sociat Contract, 1762
The quotes in this column (except C.S.
Lewis) may be found in The Great Thoughts,
compiled by George Seldes (ISBN:
They are under the topic: Liberty
The Misinformation Age
Science, Government, Corporations Run Amuk
Were you to spend,
as I have, weeks of hours on the Internet looking
up, reading and printing out studies and articles
from multiple sources regarding secondary smoke,
you would conclude that we, the public, have been
misled. You would also have more than 2,000 pages
of evidence to support this conclusion.
Since 1993 and the
release of the EPA's flawed 1992 report on
passive smoking, anti-smoking forces have
harassed businesses and public entities into
creating ever more restrictive anti-smoking
policies while shaming smokers into silence and
intimidating into compliance those who believe in
freedom of choice and the American
This is the United
States of America: land of the free, home of the
brave. Or, at least, it was when I was growing
up. Now we are on a slippery slide down a
dangerous slope into a pit of governmental
regulations that extend into private businesses
and will, if not stopped, dictate individual
behavior at home, at work and at politically
If you doubt this
statement, do the research I have. Get on the
Internet. Go to smokers sites and anti-smokers
sites. Go to PubMed and print out the studies
that show the actual relative risk factors and
learn how to read the studies. Read the court
cases. Find out who the players are in this
tragic game of control.
Both sides refer
to this as the tobacco wars. When I was taking
international relations at Texas Tech University
for my degree in government, the professor said
there never has been and never will be a war
fought on the face of the earth as long as man is
alive that is about anything but money and
marketplaces. He said wars have a stated cause
that inspires citizens to fight for their
country, but behind the cause is the reality of
money and marketplaces (i.e., real estate). With
this in mind, who has the most to gain in the
Not U.S. citizens
whose choices are being selectively eliminated.
Not the tobacco industry, whose product is being
restricted and whose opinion has been
worldwide marketplace winners include:
pharmaceutical industry. This industry has
"the largest lobby in Washington, D.C."
said Marcia Angell, M.D., former editor-in-chief
of the New England Journal of Medicine, in her
book "The Truth About the Drug Companies:
How They Deceive Us and What To Do About It
" (ISBN: 0-375-508465/Random House
hardback). Their employees have served on the
decision-making entities of government agencies
responsible for creating reports to the public
and suggesting legislative action.
2. A number of
so-called charitable non profits. The
pharmaceutical industry has funded programs of
non-profits such as the American Cancer Society,
The American Heart Association, the American
Medical Association -- need I name more? -- that
foster the idea that secondhand smoke is harmful
to those exposed to it. Did you know that the
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, an avid
participant in the anti-smoking campaign,
receives most of its funding from its parent
company, Johnson & Johnson?
researchers. Studies in the field of secondhand
smoke (a.k.a. environmental tobacco smoke/ETS)
have been conducted by researchers paid by
funding from the pharmaceutical industry,
charitable non-profits and the federal government
through the monies acquired from the tobacco
Two leaders in the
anti-smoking cartel Stanton Glantz and James
Repace have become rich off of their efforts. Any
report their name is attached to must be read
with the idea that they come to the study with a
known bias -- their own pocketbooks. Neither is
4. Big business.
When smoking is banned in a city or state, it
isn't the large restaurant chains that usually
pay the price. It is the small businesses, the
family restaurants, that lose. Many have closed.
This pleases big business because it means less
competition. Many waitresses, waiters and
bartenders have reported lost revenue. Their tips
have decreased. This reminds me of the first
gasoline crises in the 1970s. Prior to the
crises, a number of service stations across the
United States were owned by independents.
Afterwards, the major oil companies controlled
most of those stations. You might still see the
same people working there, but those controlling
the station behind-the-scenes had changed. That
was true for my father-in-law, who worked for an
independent operator in Irving, Texas, prior to
the crises. He was still there afterwards, as was
his former boss, who no longer owned controlling
interest in what had been his service stations.
My research on the
Internet took me to smokers sites, anti-smokers
sites, PubMed and other medical sites, liberal
and conservative watchdog sites, federal
government sites, charitable non-profit sites,
university sites, and news gathering sites, among
others. I have spoken with individuals on both
sides of the so-called "health" issue.
An attorney read the court cases to make sure I
correctly understood the rulings. A medical
doctor read the studies mentioned in the
following report with the same goal in mind. Both
saw more supportive evidence in said documents
than I did.
the public, have been and are being told a
whopper. When it comes to second-hand smoke, this
appears to be the age of misinformation.
some people don't want to know the truth. I
remember a situation that occurred when I was in
college. My philosophy professor at Texas Tech
University ran afoul of the psychology department
when, at the latter's request, he addressed the
group. I know what he told them that so upset the
psychology professors. He said that when they
removed the soul from their discipline, they lost
Now we have
pseudo-science where computers generate reams of
meaningless statistics for opportunists of every
persuasion to use to further their own agendas.
Little by little, they are dismantling our
individual liberties and freedoms.
Time is past due
to speak up for the truth.
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To read about Michigan targeting taxes
from Internet sales of tobacco products and trace
the history of the so-called obesity epidemic,
about CDC and obesity deaths that show programs
targeted at the obese are based on a statistical
Since creating this site, I have discovered that
anti-smokers twist the truth and have difficulty
in a direct conversation coming up with proof for
their allegations. Click
here for a report and letters to and from the
Hyatt in Chicago regarding the 2005 Conference on
Tobacco and Health. Comments from this site
follow the letters.
has been said pro and con regarding smoking bans
and their impact on business. For the facts, click
here for a U.S. study that uses the U.S.
Department of Commerce's Census Bureau's
Statistical Abstracts of the United States for
the years 1990-1998.
Time is running
out for Americans to, as the Constitution of the
United States says, "secure the Blessings of
Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity."
Constitution succeeded in solving the pressing
problems the young nation faced in 1787. With
necessary amendments, it has continued to provide
a means for a nation, grown ever more powerful,
prosperous, and complex, to grapple with the
difficulties presented to it by a dangerous and
"Its future will depend on the ability of a
self-governing nation of free men and women to
find within this rich and living charter the way
to confront the challenges of the centuries
ahead. An active and informed citizenry is
necessary to the effective functioning of our
constitutional system. As our first Chief Justice
John Marshall wrote, 'The people make the
Constitution, and the people can unmake it. It is
the creature of their own will and lives only by
"All of us have an obligation to study the
Constitution and participate actively in the
system of self-government it establishes. This is
an obligation we owe not only to ourselves and to
our posterity, but to the Framers, who risked
everything for freedom, and to the brave men and
women who throughout our history have preserved
the Constitution, often at the cost of their
lives. Let us rededicate ourselves to the values
the Constitution embodies."
Osterlund, in an introduction to the United
States Constitution, June 13, 1995