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Saturday, October 1, 2016

John Raese is feeling persecuted.

Raese, a West Virginia businessman running for the U.S. Senate, declared in a recent speech that he doesn’t want the government telling him what to do “because I’m an American.” Specifically, he lamented that he is required to place a “huge sticker” on his buildings declaring them smoke-free environments.

“Remember Hitler used to put Star of David on everybody’s lapel, remember that? Same thing,” he said.

Ahem.

For the record, the Nazis did not require the Star of David on “everybody’s” lapel. Only Jews were forced to sew the symbol on their clothing under penalty of being fined, imprisoned or shot. But maybe we should just be grateful Raese did not compare smoker’s lounges to concentration camps — or some tobacco junkie hiding in the toilet to sneak a smoke to Anne Frank, hiding out for her life.

Predictably, Raese has come under fire from Jewish groups, including the Simon Wiesenthal Center. He has refused to back down. “I’m not apologizing to anybody or any organization,” he told the Charleston Daily Mail. He went on to say, “I am not going to be intimidated by a bunch of bull—t.”

Requiring him to put up no-smoking signs, is, he reiterated, “very similar” to requiring Jews to wear yellow stars. “It might be smoking today, it might be Big Macs tomorrow, then Coca-Colas the next day, then Jack Daniel’s, then we’re in trouble.”

Yes, he actually said that. And one can’t help but recall the famous thing Martin Niemoller said about the Holocaust: “First they came for the Big Macs, and I did not speak out — because I did not eat at McDonald’s.

“Then they came for the Coca-Colas, and I did not speak out — because I prefer Pepsi.

“Then they came for the Jack Daniel’s and I did not speak out — because I was not a whiskey drinker.

“Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.”

  • Jerpell

    I’m one of those people who collected unemployment for 3 years, Now I’m allowed to abuse the welfare system along with food stamps and I also get my heating oil and cell phone fully subsidized. Your darn right I’m voting for Obama, I don’t want to be forced to look for a job. Now I’m fully and completely dependent on the Government, He bought my vote, I like my free goody bag of handouts!

    • You wouldn’t have a home to buy heating oil or pay a phone bill if you are subsisting on welfare. On welfare you aren’t allowed to own any property or have any assets. You have to be flat broke and homeless to collect welfare.

      • One does NOT have to “be flat broke and homeless” to collect welfare. Welfare programs are state programs–with differences among them. Some states require underage children in the home for certain benefits; others require the elderly and disabled to “spend down” their assets and assign their home/property assets TO the grantors of the benefits when they die. Most state programs allow welfare recipients to remain in their homes under these rules.

        Look at your state’s rules–you will be surprised at the huge differences in rules
        and eligibility. Not surprisingly, you will find so-called “red” states offer far fewer benefits to the poor and elderly.

        Social Security is a federal program and the income from this source is taken into consideration for determining state benefits.

        Look up your state’s rules and the rules of a couple of states that border your own. You will be amazed.

        Food stamp benefits are generally offered through a voucher program and, once again, there are differences among states with reference to resources (homes,
        property, number of people in the home, sharing of income/benefits among those who chose to live with others and so on).

        FIND OUT what you’re talking about before you start talking.

        • You have a problem with that post yet you ignore the one that started the whole thing? A little selective reading there Barbara?

    • oldtack

      Ah JERKpell I have your lapel sign. It is an intricate design that reads RWI in big letters along with smaller letters to spell out Right Wing Idiot. If you would just send me a drop location I would send them to you. They are not shoddy you will be proud when you have them sewn onto your lapel. Bless your little twisted heart.

    • You are a liar, Jerpell, none of this is true. You are actually a conservative Republican making this up for obvious political reasons.

    • metrognome3830

      Hey, stupid! You posted the same thing in another article. Do your keepers know you are playing with the computer again?

    • phantomoftheopera

      some of us–probably most of us–have higher asperations than you do. if you enjoy living at the bottom of the barrel, without hope or beauty in your life, well, so be it.

      or, does it hurt when your nose grows”?

  • cmsage

    Here’syour sign!

  • Well, Jerpell is at it again, nothing intelligent to add. John Raese only has himself to blame, nothing should ever be compared to what the Jews suffered under Hitler. And, when we were out in the 60’s and 70’s as hippies, pushing for smaller government, where were all the republicans? They were calling us lazy hippies!!!!!! Funny how the republicans now want the same thing the Hippies wanted. But, you have to have some government and taxes, it’s even written in the bible. Unless all these republicans want to buy roads and bridges and be responsible for them, but remember there will be tolls to ride on those roads, and what are we going to have tolls everywhere, and they will not be collecting them on the highway, you will have to have an ezpass so they can just take them out of your checking account, now how’s that for no government??????

  • Well, Jerpell is at it again, nothing intelligent to add. John Raese only has himself to blame, nothing should ever be compared to what the Jews suffered under Hitler. And, when we were out in the 60’s and 70’s as hippies, pushing for smaller government, where were all the republicans? They were calling us lazy hippies!!!!!! Funny how the republicans now want the same thing the Hippies wanted. But, you have to have some government and taxes, it’s even written in the bible. Unless all these republicans want to buy roads and bridges and be responsible for them, but remember there will be tolls to ride on those roads, and what are we going to have tolls everywhere, and they will not be collecting them on the highway, you will have to have an ezpass so they can just take them out of your checking account, now how’s that for no government??????

  • majong13

    It amazes me how the Republicans are always screaming about the liberals wanting big government. Why, because they care about the underprivileged? Their last president was lying to them about reasons for going to war in Iraq, listening to phone messages, looking at our emails, and secretly performing acts of torture on prisoners. To me that is what big government is. And really more like BIG BROTHER.

  • Sarah Palin should have an ” I ” tattooed on her forehead !!!!!

  • howa4x

    He is just your basic republican acting against the public interest. Next he will say why are we testing drugs or why do we inspect the food supply, or why are certian chemicals banned, or why should we have clean water or air or trees. why is the government involed anyway. This is the hyperboli Republicans use to get the dumbed down masses to vote for them

  • Why is he wanting to be paid by the government.

    • Funny how these guys always decry the “public trough”of Washington but can’t wait to belly up to it.

  • Mr. Raese’s hometown Morgantown, WV has a large Jewish population and an active Hillel Center. Recently, Hillel sponsored a Remembrance ceremony wherein the name of each person murdered during the Holocaust was read aloud. The event was covered by the Dominion Post, the newspaper Mr. Raese OWNS and apparently never reads. The man is an oaf. A buffoon. A local joke which few people take seriously.

  • joyscarbo

    Wow…this guy is really stupid!! The hill he’s going to die on is where to smoke? And then compares it to Nazi’s and Jews??!! What a dimwit! He deserves all the ire he’s attracting.

    Let me just say that I was a smoker until 3 1/2 years ago. I quit because I had developed a chronic cough and the cost was ridiculous.

  • I’m as progressive as the next guy, but I too am fed up with the anti-smoking Nazis. There are plenty of smoke-free venues for people so inclined to frequent. Establishment owners ought to be able to decide how to operate their establishment. If non-smokers want to go someplace where smoking is permitted, they should shut up and hold their breath.

    Abstaining from tobacco doesn’t make you more intelligent, nor does smoking make you less so. Einstein, for crying out loud, was a lifelong smoker.

  • Very well written and said

  • Sadly this moron will not really be harmed by his remarks because last time I checked WV does not have much of a jewish population. But like Paul jr’s remarks in KY it will blow over because of the redneck factor.

  • Jon

    I understand his stance on this cigarette situation.. It’s the governmental pay-back for those times that they (the g’ment) allowed smoking everywhere just like the black population, they did a flip-flop (180°) and all other issues that were eventually deemed unpopular, they intervened and placed their law upon it.. It’s not Nazism, it’s merely what our g’ment has been doing since men with self importance has deemed necessary.. Take housing equality for instance.. For decades the g’ment segregated one race from the other until it looked natural to one group then they flip-flopped and decided we could all live together but they didn’t want it to come into effect naturally but through force causing even more problems.. No, nothing gestapo about it, just g’ment b’ness as usual.