First they came for.....
A couple of my fellow MOBsters have written about this, from yesterdays Star Tribune. Both Dementee at KAR and Mitch at Shot in the Dark are talking about how alcohol is "next". Well the Logical Husband and I are of a sufficient age where we remember advertising for "hard" liquor on television (mostly sporting events). We remember the debate, in the late '60s and early '70s over whether it was "appropriate" for young people to be seeing that kind of advertising. We also remember tobacco advertising on television and the ensuing debate over whether that was "appropriate" for young people to see, so the call from the Strib editorial staff for a ban on advertising of beer and wine comes as no surprise at all. These health nazis have been around for a long, long time and they have been slowly, but surely chipping away at our rights, "for the sake of the children". For years we have slowly been abdicating our rights to choose what to eat or drink. We should not be surprised to see this. We have been allowed it to happen. When are we going to stand up and say no?
In Germany, they first came for the communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Catholic. Then they came for me -- and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.
You say that I am "over-reacting" that bans on smoking and alcohol advertising are hardly the same as what Niemoller wrote about. Which of your rights are you willing to be on this?