Out of the Humidor
From the Print Edition:
Cigar Aficionado's 20th Anniversary, September/October 2012
I could not agree more with your editors’ note from the magazine’s August 2012 edition! I’m seriously considering framing it and hanging it in my office.
Twenty years ago it was still possible to take politicians words at face value when they assured us they weren’t planning to curtail our freedoms but merely wanted to protect the rights of non-(smokers, hunters, eaters. . . fill in the blank). One must be willfully blind to not see how this works. Your analogy of death by a thousand cuts is perfect. For anyone who has been paying attention, it is impossible to go on pretending that the heavy foot of the government is not poised to stamp out individual freedom, taking away the choices we adults make for ourselves, even in the privacy of our own homes, all for our own ‘good’.
The situation is far worse than local ordinances carried out by overreaching mayors in cities like New York; nationalized health care will certainly be used as a cudgel to beat us for engaging in activities the zealots deam ‘unhealthful’. They will insist that we have no right to do anything that could possibly lead to medical bills that they have a hand in paying.
Truer words you’ve never printed than “It’s time we became zealots for the defense of our rights.”
When C. S. Lewis said, “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims is the most oppressive,” he was describing the nanny state of Mayor Bloomberg’s New York. Such tyrants will never stop, since they have the approval of their own consciences. It is up to us to stop them.
My husband and I are hardly rich but there’s nothing like a glass of good Scotch, a fine cigar and a copy of your magazine to make us feel like we’ve got it all!
How dare any politician or bureaucrat try to take that away from us! Keep up the great work.
Mary Louise Pivec
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