As America continues it’s relentless mission to push the limits of hypocrisy in every area from human rights to personal or national security, the recent spate of attacks on Chinese made products by the American glass-house-living, stone throwing establishment media serves as another example of how American hypocrisy seems to have no limits.
Let us for a moment forget about the healthy and safe contributions to our air, water and DNA altered food supply our American corporations have made. Forget for a moment about the mercury in your autistic child’s American made vaccine or the hormones, antibiotics or rocket fuel in your American cow produced milk, and forget about the poison pouring into our rivers from our American manufacturing plants. Forget for a moment about the new laws pushed through by the Bush administration reversing the efforts to reduce the amount of mercury and other poisons being pumped into your air by coal burning power plants. Let’s just think about one product made predominantly by American companies and sold around the world by American companies. That one product: cigarettes.
Think about this…cigarettes are the only product ever permitted to be produced and sold, virtually unregulated, that when used as directed will kill you. It is the only legal product that will, with every use, not only cause harm to the user but with cause harm to and all people within air traveling distance from the user.
I have seen American people yell and scream and throw tantrums when any discussions about their right to smoke are even discussed. I, as an asthma sufferer have had to tip toe around the over sensitivities of people who care not about the harm they do to those around us while they exercise their right to make use of the deadly harmful product known as the cigarette. These same people are now bashing the Chinese because they produced cheap toys and cheap food that may not be as safe as they should be. Oh, is there even a word to describe the magnitude of American hypocrisy?
If Americans want to address the problems posed by dangerous products they may want to start with American products. Americans don’t even want to keep their kids safe from cigarettes, what makes them want to protect them from toys? Think about it!