From THE MIRROR:
It will soon be illegal to smoke in New York’s Times Square or Central Park. The city will extend its ban from bars and restaurants to lighting up in any of the city’s 1,700 parks, along the coastline and pedestrian areas.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said: “New Yorkers who go to our parks will be able to breathe even cleaner air.”
Democrat Robert Jackson said: “It’s totalitarian.”
COMMENT: And it is totalitarian. But not the totalitarianism of Kim Il-sung and other despots like him. It is a totalitarianism that is becoming increasingly widespread in the so-called democracies of the world. It is happening because there has been a change in the understanding of what democracy is about. Throughout the developed world, but especially in the U.S.A., people are viewing the democratic process as permission for the majority to bully minorities.
There is little difference between this anti-smoking legislation and the overturning of the right for gay couples to marry in certain states. Smoking is being banned because the majority find it unpleasant and believe it is harmful to both the smoker and non-smokers. Same sex marriage is opposed because the majority find it offensive and believe it harmful to society.
I find it ironic that the government of the United States is panicking about the possibility of Northern Africa and the Middle East embracing democracy because this they think will inevitably lead to Muslims oppressing non-Muslims because Muslims will make up the majority of the voters. If countries, such as Egypt, embraced real democracy (a democracy that accepts that the majority has a duty of care towards those sections of society which, because of their numbers, are never part of the majority), then there will be no problems. But, of course, if Egypt embraces democracy as it is currently playing out in the States, then Copts and others might as well pack their bags and get the hell out of the country now. No wonder Obama is so scared, he is viewing the future possibilities from inside the perverted expression of democracy of his own nation.
In any case, this smoking ban is divorced from reality and totally unfair and arbitrary. There are far worse pollutants going into the lungs of New Yorkers everyday than tobacco smoke. From traffic and industrial fumes to overbearing perfume and people farting in crowded subway trains, you can't avoid the stench of city life. Just think of the number of times a vegetarian in New York has to breath in the smell of the cooking flesh of sentient creatures everyday. Of course, under the terms of the new democracy, if vegetarians ever became the majority in New York, there would be no more pastrami on rye, that's for certain.