Gamble, Smoke, Drink and Die — Responsibly, Please!

by Simone Everett

       The California State sponsored Lottery has a new campaign "Play Responsibly." This is obviously aimed at those poor souls who cannot control their urges to 'play'. We've all seen them: cashing their paychecks and buying a stack of chances on 'the big one'. The California Lottery has received criticism for not getting enough of the proceeds into the Public Schools system (the Lottery's 'goal') and for causing economic hardship on those that can afford it least. It's a tough choice -- food, clothes for the children or another shot at 'the big one'.

So, we as California taxpayers, knowing that your chances of winning the lottery are essentially nil, want you to play our game, but not at the expense of your responsibilities -- because if you spend all your money on the Lottery you may come to us asking for welfare. Wonder if the Lottery folks don't have a budget to correct damages inflicted. So who gets to pay? Crazy? You bet.

Another example comes from the tobacco industry. Phillip Morris recently admitted that yes, cigarettes are addictive and yes, cigarettes do cause death. Ok. A tobacco company finally admitted it. Then the Phillip Morris marketing/public relations company runs a TV ad depicting a small Midwest town that had just undergone a natural disaster. Phillip Morris sent in their trucks, not full of cigarettes, but food and other supplies for victims. Even the intellectually challenged can see the ploy -- 'what we sell kills, and we admit it -- but we aren't all bad so let's move on from here'. Will Philip Morris pay the health care bills for those in that town who die from Phillip Morris products? Crazy? You bet.

And then there's alcohol. Alcohol kills. It is responsible for many traffic deaths and injuries every year. Families are broken, careers crushed, hopes and dreams dashed at the bottom of a drink. Yet we see the ads of young, beautiful, successful people drinking and having a fine time. At the bottom of the screen in small print we see notes like 'Drink in moderation' or 'friends don't let friends drive drunk' and so forth. So go ahead, drink our stuff and you too can be happy, beautiful, and successful. But just do it a little bit. Will the booze industry pay for health care for those maimed in accidents? For careers lost? Crazy? You bet!

Our participatory democracy has developed this compromise. We will allow products to be sold that kill, maim and destroy lives and families.....yet we only want to sell those products to those that use them 'responsibly.' How can anyone play a game responsibly where the odds are a millions and millions to one? But it's a great country and we have the freedom to choose and the freedom to self destruct. And the best is yet to come! Soon, perhaps sooner than we think, we will see gun ads that say 'use responsibly...make sure you are not aiming this weapon at your own head.'

Crazy? No. It's institutionalized. It's the norm.

We cannot restrict freedom, even for those that wish to knowingly inflict personal harm on themselves. After all, freedom of choice and expression is the foundation of a free society. Yet hypocrisy is not a strong enough word for those that market death and misery to those they secretly want to buy more and more under the guise of 'acting responsibly.' Don't market to me in ways that make me want to buy your products that will hurt me and then turn around and tell me to do it 'responsibly'.

Crazy? You bet!

I could go on about this for hours but I gotta go run down to the liquor store and get my sixer, carton of cigs and stack of Lotto tickets. I will of course, be sure to remind the clerk that I am buying 'responsibly' and could he please pass this message on to his superiors. That way we will all somehow feel better in the morning.

Crazy? You bet!      

Simone Everett is the author of numerous articles on technology and organizational development.

God is Against Alcohol, Period!

Scriptures Condemning Drinking Strong Drink

Judges 13:4, “Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing.”

1st Samuel 1:15, “And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD.”

Proverb:20:1, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”

Proverb 31:4, “It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink.”

Isaiah 5:22, “Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink.”

Isaiah 24:9, “They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.”

Isaiah 28:7, “But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.”

"I tell you that the curse of God Almighty is on the saloon." —Billy Sunday

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