Many may not realize the significance the now quickly emerging debate across the nation has regarding how it represents the intellectual void that is the liberal mindset. While liberals scream out for the legalization of marijuana, they also scream out for the banning of cigarettes and trans fats. Think about that reader. Yes, now shake your head and move along, for this is but another incomprehensible road sign on the liberal highway of life…
Take a deep breath…
No-one who advocates for legalization of marijuana can state conclusively that pot smoking is without its inherent health risks. Sure, there’s vaping, which reduces smoke inhalation, but even that only partly reduces health risk, not eliminates it. Then there is the impact upon public safety with people driving while stoned, etc.
In short, as with any mood altering substance, there are risks to both the individual and society.
That said, I have no real issue with marijuana legalization – so long as it is a choice of the state governments, NOT the federal government.
Ah, that might have caught some of you off guard a bit, at least those who have not truly been paying attention to this blog over the years. Voters in Washington State and Colorado passed respective state laws legalizing marijuana and placing the drug under the purview of the state. I have no problem with that, for it aligns with the original intent of the Constitution, namely the 10th Amendment.
So you see, on that I agree and support my liberal/progressive counterparts.
Here is where we part ways though. So many of these same liberal/progressives demanding legalization of marijuana are equally demanding of the bans on tobacco and trans fats. That is absolute hypocrisy, and the kind of self serving stupidity that is downright dangerous, for it leaves a great many people open to the manipulations of Big Government fear mongering and power grabs.
Is cigarette smoking bad for you? Absolutely. But so can wake boarding, cross country skiing, boxing, marathon running, deep sea diving, or swimming with sharks. They are all choices people make. And again, whatever regulations come from cigarette smoking should be done at the state and local level, NOT the federal government.
Now the trans fats ban is far more complicated history – a history born of government regulation, supported by false science.
First, you must make a distinction between natural trans fats, and industrial/manufactured trans fats. Most people don’t know there is even a difference. Natural trans fats are found primarily in meat and dairy products, while industrial trans fats are added to things like store bought cookies, chips, margarine, fries, and certain breads.
Industrial trans fat made from vegetables gained in popularity in the 1960s and 70′s due in part, to a campaign stating it was healthier than natural saturated fats. It was also cheaper, and thus, was put into many of our store bought goods. Good old butter was vilified, while vegetable margarine was marketed as a healthy alternative – and millions of Americans bought into it. The federal government helped this perception along, telling Americans to lower their intake of meats and dairy, and replace it with grains. Consumers obediently did so, buying up “low calorie” products that were infused with industrial trans fats with the healthy sounding label of “vegetable oil”. Americans became much fatter eating all of these “low calorie” foods, and we are facing the cost of this folly to this day.
Regarding the initial claims of health benefits of industrial trans fats, subsequent research actually pointed to the opposite – natural trans fats have little to no impact on raising bad LDL cholesterol levels in people, while industrial trans fats DO raise bad LDL levels. By the early 90′s, it was becoming increasingly clear that manufactured trans fats were linked to increases in both heart disease and cancers.
Eating a big, red juicy steak with a side of fries cooked in real-deal lard is far better for you than reaching for that box of low calorie, trans fat infused crackers and chips, but for decades, advertising from both the food industry and the federal government stated otherwise. In the last ten years, the government has been in the process of reversing itself, now pointing to industrial trans fats as something to be banned, not admitting to the public, they were largely responsible for putting them in our foods in the first place!
Which brings me back to liberal hypocrisy. Are industrial trans fats unhealthy? Yes – if consumed above moderate levels. And there you have it, moderation in all things. CHOICE. You can educate people as to the risks, and then allow them to make that choice. Go ahead and eat those trans fat fries, but don’t do so beyond moderation. Same with crackers, chips, and other assorted and often tasty, trans fat treats. Moderation is the key. A person can die consuming too much water, but does that mean we should then ban it? No, moderation-moderation-moderation.
Liberal/progressives though have, once again, jumped on the banning bandwagon against tobacco and trans fats, not bothering to learn the facts, instead simply happy in knowing they are “part of the cause”. They do this while at the same time demanding legal marijuana, another substance that, if consumed beyond moderation, does pose a myriad of health risks. (Perhaps the over-consumption of industrial trans fat products like snack chips?)
Oh, and one last thing, regarding most margarines. Avoid them like the plague. Horrible, disgusting, unhealthy products for which the human body was never designed to consume. You are far better off taking a big old slice of butter and spreading it over your toast than that margarine death product. That stuff is just plain evil…
IN WASHINGTON D.C., DEAD MEN TELL NO TRUTHS…