President Obama still smokes. Shocking, isn't it, that as his day job has gotten more stressful (state legislator, to Senator, to President) he hasn't kicked the habit? Dennis Prager has an interesting theory. He believes most of us need a little vice in our lives, and if someone can use a minor vice, such as smoking or a glass of scotch, to avoid a major vice, like Dick Cheney's hobo-murdering sprees, we should go ahead and do it. If the president wants to take a few puffs, let him do it, just like Governor Sanford should be able to take a hike.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.