Remember when President Bill Clinton went after the tobacco industry as a way for northern liberals to tell the southern Democrats that they no longer needed them? He would check out your 14-year-old daughter but he didn’t want her to smoke a cigarette.
The Biden administration is now going after cigarettes, but unlike the Clinton administration, they and the Fake News media aren’t hiding the fact that the cigarette ban they’re pushing is targeted at black Americans by going after menthol cigarettes.
I smoked for 28 years until I quit back in 2006. I well knew it even when I started smoking that black people who smoked overwhelmingly preferred menthol brands, specifically Kool, Newport, and Salem. I would smoke a menthol if I bummed one, but I preferred non-menthol brands. I had the choice to smoke what I wanted, and so do black American smokers, but apparently, the Biden administration wants to take their choice away from them.
According to the Democrats and the Fake News media, white people should still be allowed access to the brands of cigarettes they prefer, but black people should not.
The FDA is saying that they will not target black smokers, but I can’t see how when they are banning cigarettes that black people enjoy. The Biden administration will offer up some bullschtein that the menthol cigarettes ban doesn’t mean that police are going to target black people who smoke menthol cigarettes, but the very fact that they are targeting menthol cigarettes alone should make you want to break out your old copy of the Constitution.
The logic behind this is the patronizing belief that menthols cigarettes kill a lot of black smokers, so they are going to outlaw something black people enjoy in order to save them. How sweet. They believe black Americans need their Woke wisdom in order to survive.
Why is it that liberal Democrats love to criminalize things that black people do while at the same time not criminalizing pretty much the same activities of white people?
If we allow this to continue, think of all the activities Democrats will start to ban in the name of “good health.” I talked about this when Obamacare was being debated. I had said that once the government has control of your healthcare, then they can mandate any behavior you do by saying that if you do unhealthy activities like eating unhealthy food or smoking or drinking alcohol, then they won’t cover you on medical procedures that you need to have done because of those sinful activities.
Okay, now think of all the yummy delicious foods that black people eat that Democrats will now target in their cradle-to-grave patronizing.
And don’t think this type of control won’t bleed over to white people and other races. Democrats want total control over your life. Many said this stuff would have happened if Hillary Clinton had beaten Donald Trump. She would have shifted federal policy to control not only businesses, but every American as well.
In this instance, Democrats are pushing a ban on menthol cigarettes supposedly for their own good, but in reality, makes them second-class citizens who just lost the “right to choose.” (Call the feminists for help.)
In one felled swoop, the Democrats are criminalizing something black Americans did that was legal 20 minutes ago.
This looks like the beginning of bringing back Black Codes and Pig Laws, a new Jim Crow era. It’s slavery by another name. I know many black people and liberals, in general, will think that that’s a bunch of malarkey because everybody knows that the Democrats are the ones that support and defend black Americans, right? Well, not really. The Democratic Party was the party of slavery, the party of Jim Crow, the party of segregation, the party of the Ku Klux Klan, the party of eugenics forced on black populations through the abortion industry, the party of keeping black children out of public schools, and now the party of keeping black children in failing public schools.
If the trend of banning menthol cigarettes for black people grows, we will see a world where white people will get to do all the things they enjoy while black people will not by acts of government smothering in the name of public good for black Americans. Don’t laugh at this, because this is exactly how these things always go, and the Democratic Party has a similar history.
I think they are doing this not for the health of black smokers, but to get black Americans used to obey the government. Think about it. If they can convince black people to give up their favorite brand of cigarettes and shift to a non-menthol brand, that puts in their mind that it is okay for the government to force you to behave the way they want you to behave, so long as it’s for your own good. It’s evil.
This should make you stop wonder how Democrats and their boot-licking sycophants in the Fake News media shout loudly that America is systemically racist for exposing black people to be put in contact with police more than other groups of people, yet they have a history of creating rules and laws that actually expose black people to contact with law enforcement. In this case, they are trying to criminalize a brand of cigarettes that black people choose to smoke.
For the Democrats to do this at this point in time is crazy. And it falls in line with another understanding that most people don’t think about because of how clever the Democrats are at deflecting. Democrats like to blame “America” for the problems that black people have experienced throughout their history here. But it wasn’t America that caused all of those problems, it was the Democratic Party through and through.
Though I quit smoking 14 years ago, I’m not a smoke Nazi. Someone else smoking doesn’t bother me at all. I wouldn’t recommend someone starting to smoke, but if you do, you shouldn’t be singled out because of the brand you smoke or the color of your skin. It’s called freedom.
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr. and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty and faith.
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