October 30, 2020

Gen Z Conservative

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Michigan politicians ban E-cigs

Michigan Politicians Ban E-cigs and Attack Liberty

My Take on How the “Michigan Politicians Ban E-cigs” Headline Shows that Individual Liberty is Dying in America

Smoking and vaping aren’t a big issue for me, so when I saw the “Michigan politicians ban E-cigs” headline, I wasn’t disappointed on a personal level. I neither live in Michinor nor use a Juul regularly.

However, those two subjects are a huge issue for the millions of Americans (and hundreds of millions worldwide) who smoke and are looking for safer alternatives. According to this USAToday headline, Michigan banned E-cigs. I think the headline should have been “Michigan politicians ban E-cigs and attack individual liberty.” Because in acting like a nanny state, those state politicians have started (or continued, I guess) the process of strangling individual liberty in their state.




Like with gun control, up until very recently American citizens and politicians valued individual liberty. Had Michigan and E-cigs been around during the time of the Founding, it is unlikely that there would have been a “Michigan politicians ban E-cigs and attack individual liberty” headline. Rather, there would have been a “tyrannical politicians tarred and feathered” headline.

That is because that generation of Americans knew that people might do harmful or unhealthy things to themselves, but respected their right to do so. Past generations of Americans didn’t ban things, they educated each other on what was healthy and what wasn’t.

Now, however, that is not the case. Our politicians have forgotten to strike a balance between liberty and safety and pass unconstitutional gun control laws and laws that ban E-cigs.

And as if that weren’t frustrating enough, many of those attacks on liberty are based on lies. They ban E-cigs because they think those cause cancer. E-cigs don’t cause cancer; there is no burning tobacco (the combustion of tobacco causes cancer, not nicotine). And gun control is based on the false premise that so-called assault weapons are responsible for many deaths. That is also patently untrue; death by assault weapon is rare and any information that says otherwise is just a pro-gun control lie about rifles.

We live in America, the supposed land of liberty. We shouldn’t be seeing headlines about gun-control or headlines that say “Michigan politicians ban E-cigs and attack individual liberty.” Those are the headlines you’d expect from some nanny state in Western Europe, not a free, individualistic society like what we think of when we think of America.




Instead, we should be seeing headlines about how individual liberty has been advanced recently, not decreased. That is the vision of America outlined in both The Federalist Papers and The Anti-Federalist Papers. It’s what the Founding Fathers wanted.

Unfortunately, that vision is mostly gone. Americans have forgotten both how to defend their liberty and the importance of doing so. The predictable result is that the America that generations before us knew and loved is mostly, if not completely, gone. Liberty has disappeared in a puff of smoke (or vapor cloud, perhaps) as you see headlines like “Michigan politicians ban E-cigs.”

It’s time for Americans to start correcting that trend and recover their individual liberty. We should be the freedom-loving people that our ancestors thought we should be and other countries think we are. Not the docile, unfree people that things like the Chinese flu and being scared about vaping have turned us into. Liberty is moral and an essential pillar of happiness. Let’s start defending it again.

And, when defending it, just remember a few things. Remember that the Founding Fathers drank alcohol and grew tobacco. They weren’t teetotalers, they were true Americans that enjoyed drinking and smoking. And they would be disgusted if they saw what is happening in America right now. Banning e-cigs is an attack on a basic American liberty fight back against it.

By: Gen Z Conservative


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