Imagine having a reservation, showing up at a restaurant and being
barred from entry. That’s what can happen in some parts of Canada if you
washed your hair with an herbal shampoo and sported a scented deodorant.
Why? You threaten people’s right to breathe clean air.

“Oh, Williams,” you say, “that’s Canada; that can never happen here.”
Yes it can, and worse if we continue being wimps.

I’ve always warned that a lifestyle Nazi’s work is never done. People
applauded the Nazi attack on cigarette smokers and the tobacco industry.
Now lifestyle Nazis are coming after fat Americans. The editors of the
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) wrote, “Obesity is
epidemic.” According to JAMA, the cause is “The availability of more
food … the growth of the fast-food industry, the increased numbers and
marketing of snack food … along with a custom of socializing with food
and drink.” JAMA points to the war against tobacco as the best way to
fight obesity. The tactic is to talk about the cost of obesity to our
health care and then terrorize and intimidate.

The American Obesity Association calls obesity “a ticking time bomb”
and demands “fat taxes” to fund anti-obesity education programs. Yale
Professor Kelly Brownell says, “I recommend that we develop a more
militant attitude about the toxic food environment, like we have about
tobacco.” U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher supports the association’s
obesity vision. Giving the keynote address at its recent conference,
Satcher said, “Obesity is a major public-health problem and one that
deserves much more attention than it receives.” Department of
Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman is leading the agency’s “anti-fat”
campaign, which includes a planned “nutritional intervention” program in
Mississippi.

Lifestyle Nazis have troops in the non-profit world in their war
against America’s fat people. Michael Jacobson, director of the Center
for Science in the Public Interest, calls for attack on the large
servings at Chinese and Mexican restaurants, saying, “It’s high time
that the (restaurant) industry begins to bear some responsibility for
its contribution to obesity, heart disease and cancer.”

The soft drink beverage industry, according to Jacobson, is also
responsible for obesity and heart disease, not to mention caffeine
addiction. Emory University law professor Frank Vandall said, “I can’t
rule out that America’s fast-food chains will be the next target.”

Daniel Akst, writing for the New York Times, said, “It makes perfect
sense for the victims of fast food … to sue, and the sooner the
better; they might even succeed at deterring substantial harm.” Lest you
think the lifestyle Nazis only have fat Americans in their gun sights,
Mothers Against Drunk Driving tried to have beer banned at the new Verde
Golf Club in Arlington, Texas. Their true, but hidden, agenda is alcohol
prohibition.

Robert Cohen, director of the Anti-Dairy Coalition, is pushing for
milk prohibition, saying, “Milk products, like tobacco, are an enormous
threat to the health of both children and adults, yet we see the dairy
industry protected by constitutionally questionable laws while the
tobacco industry is held accountable.”

Lifestyle Nazis have the support of all manner of kooks, quacks and
lunatics, plus millions of taxpayer dollars. Most of them are based in
Washington and have easy access to congressmen and bureaucrats anxious
to do their bidding.

You say, “Williams, what can we do about them?” As for me, I want to
be left alone and here’s what I say: If a lifestyle Nazi, politician or
not, wants me to stop smoking or eat less, let him personally take the
cigarette out of my mouth or the food off my plate. I guarantee you that
when the dust settles only one of us will be standing.

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