Sephiroth81 wrote:I am glad you don't feel that way, I was only being half-serious about you wishing the worst on smokers - and lets face it, there are plenty of people who have little sympathy for others struggling with addictions. Which is rather a sad reflection of some in society. Its possible there are a few people on this forum who share this kind of mindset. If you found this offensive, then I apologise.
No problem, I hope I've made my point clear now, lets move on.
I agree it's a joke that tobacco and alcohol are legal while pot isn't.
Health food stamps might work, incorporating them into people's benefits might be tricky to implement, and it would probably just create yet more bureaucracy, but the underlying principle is sound.
Junk food marketing certainly doesn't help, and a lot of the industry should be ashamed of itself, but ultimtely we need to be resposible for what we consume, they do it because it works.
I wouldn't consider myself right wing or left wing, i'm actually quite liberal yet I find myself compelled to resist the attitudes of the left. Beans has a point, the increased collectivism of the left is by it's nature at odds with diversity. So-called progressive social/political movements are resulting in increased uniformity where it counts; in thoughts and actions, while the left's much championed cause of diversity only addresses the more superficial differences such as skin colour and gender.
We're not at Borg level collectivism yet though, and we won't be with the increased pushback. Those of us resisting leftist collectivist thinking doesn't necessarliy us "right wing" with all the negative connotations of that, such as being a selfish, greedy, war-mongering nazi, it just means you disagree with it. Even those that would happliy bomb ISIS into oblivion don't actually want war, they don't want to conquer anybody, on the contrary they just want to be left alone and get on with their western infidel lives in peace.
It's not that people don't have compassion either, they just want their contributions respected and not taken for granted, and they probably don't appreciate the state's figurative, if not literal, gun to their head for their obedience. And it's the force of the state that backs collectivism and other leftist policies that is the dirty secret the left neglect to mention, sure on the surface it's all presented as 'liberal', caring and non threatening, but behind it is the same jackboot up your ass you get with right wing fascism.
My theory for the left's reliance on the authority of the state is that it relieves them of the same dilema we all face that they won't admit; how much to give to good causes and whether to give at all. How easy it is to preach wealth redistribution when the state has made the decision for you and you have no choice, how easy it is to claim you've paid your 'fair share' when the government takes an pre-determined arbitrary percentage from your pay before you even see it, and how convenient the government just happens to know the exact fair share you personally should pay so you needn't contribute a penny more, and so you can shift the responsibility to 'the rich' to make up the shortfall. And so the hypocrisy grates even more when the left tells you to dig deeper as though you're some Scrooge while they themselves also happily wait for the compulsion of the government to force their hand, instead of voluntarily writing a cheque to the NHS they claim to care so much about.