Thursday, March 10, 2005

Impossible Remedies

Long ago, the mice had a general council to consider what measures they could take to outwit their common enemy, the Cat. Some said this, and some said that; but at last a young mouse got up and said he had a proposal to make, which he thought would meet the case. "You will all agree," said he, "that our chief danger consists in the sly and treacherous manner in which the enemy approaches us. Now, if we could receive some signal of her approach, we could easily escape from her. I venture, therefore, to propose that a small bell be procured, and attached by a ribbon round the neck of the Cat. By this means we should always know when she was about, and could easily retire while she was in the neighbourhood."

This proposal met with general applause, until an old mouse got up and said: "That is all very well, but who is to bell the Cat?" The mice looked at one another and nobody spoke. Then the old mouse said:

"It is easy to propose impossible remedies."

Now, some people might ask exactly why I posted this. Well I have been reviewing some of the things politically since I started getting involved in politics. I noticed a disturbing pattern. Most politicians propose impossible remedies. Take for example oil prices as a recent example. Congressmen speak out that oil prices are out of control and we need to reign them in. We cannot allow the middle east to dictate our foreign policy......but we cannot drill in ANWR! Can you identify the impossible remedy?

Smoking is bad for you. Everyone should stop smoking! McDonalds is bad for you, everyone stop eating it! War is bad, no more War! All these things could happen but are really unlikely. They dont give solutions to it, they just tell us how bad it is. Although in Minnesota they are taking the route of proposing ideas that deny everyone their rights. People complain that things like the PATRIOT Act take away all these rights yet cannot name a US citizen who has been denied his rights except a guy who was actively fighting our troops. Up here we have counties passing "Smoking Bans" that force private property owners to have smoke free enviroments. Not their homes (yet, there have been a couple bills to ban smoking in personal homes and one to ban it in cars), but in businesses accross the state. I am not a smoker but I cannot for the life of me figure out why the hell anyone has rights over my property, my life, or my personal decisions. Of course these bills are sponsored by people who cry foul and scream "Keep your laws off my body" when it comes to abortion. But if it is smoking they know better than you what you should do to your body. Apparently a right to privacy does not apply to business owners.

Another thing I find funny about the smoking deal, you hear about how many people die of second hand smoke every year. Aside from the fact that no death certificate I have ever heard and none that are in my state have ever stated "Cause of death: Second Hand Smoke." A judge threw out the second hand smoking statistic simply because they cherry picked the data they wanted, increased the tolerance level 2 fold, threw out risk factors that would have harmed their number and altogether dismissed the entire second hand smoke theory....Second hand smoke lie. Because that is what it is. It would be like saying we are the United States of Canada. It is a 100% fabrication.

I am sick of being lied to. I am sick of being told that I should fear everything. I am sick of having to dig for the truth to find the truth.

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