Schnauzer wrote:cyprusgrump wrote:Jerry wrote: It is no business of the government to tell us what we can eat, drink, smoke or otherwise put into our bodies.
For as much as one might admire your tenacious support for the legalization of drugs (and 'Tenacity' is a quality to be admired in any circumstance) I do feel that the above statement (taken out of context........... sorry for that) weakens your position since it MUST be the business of government if their function is to be responsibly concerned for the welfare of those they govern.
Sadly, we cannot trust the government to make rational decisions on what is good or bad for us. Quite frankly, I don't trust them to tie their own shoelaces most of the time...
Government is driven by single campaign lobby groups which demand restrictions on their own pet hates like drugs, smoking, alcohol, salt, sugar, etc.
Inevitably, these campaigns are based to the flimsiest of science (like the obesity epidemic judged by the woeful BMI index) or often downright lies or made-up 'facts'.
Take a deeper look into any of the current campaigns (including smoking if you wish) and you will find a fabrication of lies and self interest.
We should not be lectured by our government - we should do as we please as long as it causes no harm to others.