Wednesday, March 7, 2007

The Tobacco Guys Got Sued -- Now How About the Alcohol Guys?

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. -- Galatians 6:6,7

You do remember, do you not, that some years ago a massive suing "campaign" was launched against the tobacco industry with great success. These bad guys had trafficked in a product that was a health hazard for years and years, and the reasoning now was that they should pay! It amounted to billions of dollars -- the people who really cashed in big on this one were the trial lawyers. You can't get through a day without some of those people throwing an ad at you from somewhere urging you to sue somebody for something so you can get the "money you deserve, and remember, there's no fee unless we get money for you!" There should be a PS added which says, "If we do, we will take a very LARGE piece of the pie!"

In tonight's news it was mentioned that there is a crisis involving teenagers drinking alcoholic beverages -- well, what do you know? Those little tykes are always up to something, aren't they?

So big people in powerful positions are now saying that something needs to be done. Oh, and just what is that in addition to pious words such as "adults taking responsibility"?

What in the world would cause those youngsters to indulge in such a manner? Could it be the huge numbers of examples they see in terms of parents, friends, high profile celebrities, TV and movie films? Could it be the clever ads that make booze seem so exciting and adventurous and if you don't get some into your gut you are missing out on a lot of fun and joy in life? In fact, you are missing out on what life is really all about -- so hand me another beer or a couple of shots of Jack Daniels!

Want to start the "cure?" Then sue the industry just as was done to the tobacco industry -- no, at least it's a start. Can't you just hear the objections, a number of which will come from persons in "high places!" We just can't do that! Did you ever wonder how many barrels of booze would run down the streets if you emptied the White House and capitol building in Washington DC and all the state capitol buildings of every drop of booze? Have your hip boots on if you are standing in the vicinity if it should happen!

OK - anybody want to do the numbers on this issue? Compile the statistics for the last 50 years on damage done by smoking and chewing tobacco to that done by alcoholic beverages. See how many families have been dismantled, marriages broken up, jobs lost, property damaged, injuries suffered, and deaths resulting from use of beverage alcohol. And see how tobacco usage compares in terms of damage, destruction, and death! Ah, gotcha, huh?

In an earlier post in this series I related a personal experience I had in dealing with the tragedy of alcohol usage -- it is titled, Letter to a Business Executive About Choice to Sell Beverage Alcohol, and questioning his company's decision to sell alcoholic beverages at one of their establishments. It was posted on February 5th. You can click on the link and read it. You will soon see why I have some rather strong convictions about this matter.

There can be no denial that this country has played the hypocrite to the hilt in singling out the tobacco industry for attack while allowing the alcoholic beverage people off with not even a mild slap on the wrist. Come to think of it, could it be that the booze people pay a lot more in taxes than do the ones who churn out cigarettes, and that has a powerful influence on officials when it comes to dealing with the "evils" of our society?

Again, just do some home work on what product brings about the greatest amount of heartache, sorrow, and tragedy in this republic.

Will anything constructive be done? Hardly -- too many people in the position to do something effective like to have their fingers wrapped around something which contains a liquid that gives them a buzz now and then when they drink it!

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