This is bad. This is really bad. All of you who are concerned with the rights of individuals to pursue their own pleasure should take note of this apparently growing trend.
This Wyeco, a company in Okemos, Michigan, has fired several employees for refusing to take a test. What sort of test, you ask?
A test to determine if they smoke tobacco. At all.
Wait, let me elaborate (and read the story from the Lansing State Journal).
They will fire anyone who tests positive for smoking tobacco (a legal product) in any way, shape or form REGARDLESS IF THEY ARE ON COMPANY TIME OR PROPERTY!
Yes, that's right...the bastards have reached into your life beyond the office.
Let's start at the basics. The fundamental idea of the wage system is that an employee trades his/her talent and time for the wages that they are paid. This exchange exists as long as the employee is acting as agent of the employer. When the employee is not on company time or business or property, the employee is free to pursue activities of their choosing. Basically, as stated in the article "you don't own them when you are not paying them."
This changes the whole basis of the wage system as we know it. Yes, it is true that smoking is not a constitutionally protected right. On the flip side, it does not specify this as a prohibited form of behavior for an individual or group. So I guess it exists in a legal grey area.
I can barely contain my anger. It is for an issue such as this that I would willingly die. It is not smoking; it is individual rights.
Where does this end? Alcohol (another completely legal product)? "Unhealthy" food? Certain sexual practices? Certain social activities?
WE CANNOT AND MUST NOT ALLOW OUR LIVES TO BE CONTROLLED BY INSURANCE COMPANIES, CORPORATIONS AND THE STATE.
THEY ARE ALL AGENTS OF THE "HEALTH NAZI" REGIME THAT WANTS TO SAVE YOU FROM YOURSELF.
We need to defend at every turn rights to individual freedom especially when they are performed on PRIVATE PROPERTY! Property rights and rights of disposal stand at the center of the system. They are paramount. We must defend them at all harms.
What do you want to do, Nanny State Conglomerate? What is your pleasure? We know what you want...happy, healthy, pious and fearful employees and servants of the state who sop up your vile pablum as mother's milk. People who are made in the mold of one another, who never question and who accept your word and deed as sacrosanct. Keep them restrained and as dependent as infants, needing you for everything and loving you and you alone.
Well, we smokers/drinkers/eaters/FREEDOM LOVERS of the world will not stand for this! Fire us! Deny us access to resources and basic services! Marginalize us!
YOU WILL ONLY SERVE TO RADICALIZE US!
A great man once said that when a peacful solution is made impossible, a violent one is made inevidable.
Let us have our time. We have to give you ours.
If not, prepare for the rising tide. You cannot put a noose around the neck of an idea. You can kill the revolutionary, but not the revolution.
SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS!
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