Irony abounds

I saw an e-cigarette for the first time the other day.  At least I saw one close up and knew what it was.  A little strange.  Apparently they help people stop smoking.  That’s good, right?

Lo and behold, today I had a message that CVS drugstores has decided to take a principled stand and not sell them.

Fine. They can sell or not sell whatever they choose.  If I don’t like that (and I don’t care), I can go to a different store.

What I found ironic in the story is that The First Gay President, Pres. Obama, praised the decision. See the TIME article, HERE.

CVS announced Wednesday that the pharmacy will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in its 7,600 stores by October, a decision that could cost the drug retailer as much as $2 billion in annual sales. The move was cheered by public health advocates and federal officials, including President Barack Obama, a former smoker, who called CVS’s decision a “powerful example.

Read the whole statement HERE.   Obama is chuffed that CVS agrees with him.

So, let’s get this straight.  CVS has values that it wants to uphold: don’t sell anything like cigarettes, because they can hurt people and we don’t want to cooperate in hurting people.  Buy them from someone else!  CVS is praised by the President for taking a principled stand according to what they believe in. After all, nicotine is bad for you, right? “Isn’t CVS wonderful?”

BUT… the Little Sister of the Poor and Hobby Lobby and other Christian groups believe in something too.  They have taken a principled stand for what they believe in.  They don’t want to sell things that might hurt babies, right?  Buy them from someone else! Obama (whose values include voting in favor of infanticide before he moved to the White House) and his HHS machine threaten them with fines, force them into courts, saying “You can’t force your values on other people!  You MUST provide things you object to!”

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16 Responses to Irony abounds

  1. AVL says:

    Obama’s praise of the decision is also ironic considering not too long ago he praised the legalization of marijuana in some states. So… is he pro healthy decisions? Or not? Waffle… waffle… waffle…

  2. majuscule says:

    Has Mr. Obama really stopped smoking?

    Just asking!

  3. But if CVS had decided to stop selling contraceptives, imagine the uproar. Obama would threaten a federal takeover.

  4. ghp95134 says:

    A bit of a tangent, but not much: And why is it okay to smoke marijuana, but pipes and cigarettes are “evil”?

    –Guy

  5. wised says:

    Does CVS still plan on selling sugar laden treats to obese customers, salty chips to those with hypertension, the day after pill to any age customer that kills yet to be born infants and all of the other unhealthy products? It seems that they are being somewhat selective in their outrage. They are hardly a health care business model. Oh, by the way, you will still need an id to purchase cough syrup!

  6. incredulous says:

    Yet, the same left wing lunatics want pot easily available, prescriptions for tanning booths and abortion on demand. It boggles the mind.

  7. RomeontheRange says:

    If I, a skilled professional baker, have to provide a same-sex couple with a wedding cake, how come CVS doesn’t have to provide me with an e-cigarette?

  8. Legisperitus says:

    Consistency is entirely too rational. This is about an arbitrary set of policy positions cast in stark black and white and clung to with fideistic ferocity.

    Basically like what they continually accuse the Catholic Church of doing. Projection much?

  9. Giuseppe says:

    If freedom of choice means anything, it is that people can choose where to work, and companies can compete by offering different health insurance plans. I hate the nanny state. (It’s sad enough we call it a nanny state – whatever happened to the traditional mommy state?!?!?!)

  10. Sonshine135 says:

    Let’s call a spade a spade. It isn’t irony. It isn’t lack of consistency. It is the hypocrisy of a subjective morality.

  11. Mojoron says:

    Smokeless cigarettes are nothing but water and nicotine. There is no second hand smoke to worry about. The ironic factoid to me is the legalization of pot by those states that are considered to be healthy states: Colorado and Washington. Both are awash with libs who don’t kill animals, hate smokey bars and love to snuff out babies in the womb, but pot is OK. Such a dichotomy of principle’s.

  12. FrHorning says:

    If only CVS would stop selling contraception…

  13. bookworm says:

    My fearless prediction: within the next 20 years, at least some states will have totally outlawed tobacco and totally legalized marijuana. Personally, I don’t see why pot (which I’ve never tried and don’t intend to) couldn’t be regulated the same way we currently regulate alcohol and tobacco: no smoking in public places, no sales to minors, no driving under the influence, etc.

  14. tzabiega says:

    CVS happens to be number 1 on the list of Planned Parenthood’s favorite pharmacies because it does not allow any of their pharmacists the freedom to opt out of filling birth control pills and the morning after pill. The other favorite pharmacy is Costco. I say: boycott CVS and Costco. Walmart was PP’s least favorite pharmacy because it gives its pharmacist the right not to fill prescriptions that go against their moral values.

  15. Tricia says:

    I just heard that CVS did this because they needed to be listed as “a health care provider” under Obamacare. It’s about the money. It is ALWAYS about the money.

  16. AgricolaDeHammo says:

    So ridiculous. Greg Gutfeld has talked about how great these things are for smokers. They don’t bother non-smokers. It’s a great free market solution – of course Obama’s opposed to them.