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IT IS RHETORICAL DEVICES WEDNESDAY JUNE 17,2020

TEXAS LADY JUANITA

We have slid so far down one particular ‘Slippery Slope,’ I am not sure how far back I need to go, to tell this American tale of half-truths, and sneaky deceptions. The bottom line is that thee n e m y within knows something about most Americans that Americans most likely do not realize. Do you want the red pill; or do you want the blue pill? If I am reading the mood of America accurately, she wants the red pill, even if we scream like little girls all the way home.

Sadly, right now, the e n e m y within knows that if you scare Americans with a well-defined half-truth, you can get them to hide in their homes for a few months. While hiding in their homes, it never occurs to them that they are in prison – listening to their Mainstream Media F a k e news. A few of our 350 million citizens understood; but no one was listening to what 3 million of us were saying.

My tale starts where this phenomenon begins, with my cigarette smoking. I am not going to tell you that you should pick up the habit, but I am also going to call a ‘Spade a Spade.’ Many years ago, I was on a 3-man team to computerize a hospital. As the Personnel Director, I attended weekly staff meetings. For me, doctors came way down from their lofty pedestals. The statement “practicing medicine” made more sense. In the early years of searching the internet, an associate helped me find what I was looking for – the lung cancer stats for cities all over the U.S. I am not saying he hacked his way to the information, because I was not tech savvy enough to know that. The information revealed that lung cancer was found equally in those who did and did not smoke. I further found that the significant largest numbers of lung cancer patients were near industrial pollution – across the nation.

Fancy that! This revelation was huge. I shared it with friends over lunches and happy hours after work. All agreed that we should have guessed. My friends who stopped smoking to please other people bummed so many cigarettes off me that following year, I saw the hypocrisy first-hand. I started carrying an extra pack of cigarettes for my family and friends that quit. Happy hour drinks, and cigarettes go together; just ask anyone who frequented clubs after work for official “business networking.” Time passed, life happened, and I lost track of my hand-written notes, as well as the web sites I had obtained the information from. Years later I have tried to find the information again, but every trace has been scrubbed. Hello big, cheating government.

Fast forward a few decades. I had no signs that the cigarette smoking was affecting my health; perhaps this is because I have always stuck with a pack a day (even now), while my parents and others who were still smoking had progressed on to 3 and 4 packs a day. Never-the-less, doctors would bring it up at every opportunity. If my toes hurt, if I had tummy troubles, if my back pain changed in any way, if I gained weight, if I lost weight, if my muscles were sore, if my joints hurt, if I had a breast lump, if I walked funny – all caused by cigarette smoking.

I was not going to take it anymore. I was much more computer savvy than prior decades. I thought, and thought, and thought (also caused by cigarette smoking) about the information to explain why I could not quit without becoming extremely ill, and where I could find it. Then it came to me. “SURGEON GENERAL’S WARNING: Cigarette Smoke Contains Carbon Monoxide.” I searched the internet for ‘the government report on Cigarette Smoking’ – the one we have heard about for decades. Much to my surprise, I found it! It took me a week to find what I was looking for because reading it put me to sleep within 30 minutes!

I found the section dealing with older women and addiction. Long story short:
– because I am a female;
– because I am over 60 years old;
– because I have incorporated smoking into my pain management / coping skills;
– because I am addicted;
the report said I do not have a chance of quitting.

I also deduced from what the report did not say, that there is no actual proof that second hand smoke can cause lung cancer in another human.
If the other human has asthma, or bronchitis it can aggravate it.

Cigarette smoking is the Slippery Slope that opened the door to our Federal Government dictating, with incrementally more and more power over how Americans can run their businesses. For me, this was the pivotal first step that has led to our out of control government. I see Trump as trying to give our freedom back to us, and those who oppose him wanting to keep us on our path to Communism via Socialism.

Copyright © 2020 by Juanita Holloway-Walters

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