I'm occasionally, oftentimes it seems when the topic is political, struck by the fact that some people simply cannot think. They seem to lack the ability to reason, the ability to reason from cause to result.
I encountered this once again the other day while at a fairly elegant social event. Two attorneys were talking, one older, one young, both smoking cigars. Their conversation was about the joys of cigar smoking, and paradoxically the evils of cigarette smoking. It seems young attorney has convinced himself that cigarettes are so horrible that they should be outlawed, that cigarette manufacturing companies should be force liquidated, and that executives of those companies should face criminal sanction.
All this rant while chomping on a fine cigar.
I had to wonder. Does the moron not understand that if his desire for retribution against cigarettes came to pass that his beloved cigars would be swept up in the same actions? Does the moron not understand that the worldwide manufacturing and distribution systems which enable him to purchase his beloved cigars would crumble without the larger tobacco trade surrounding it? Does the moron not understand that to protect the rights of everyone we must protect the rights of those who are least popular in society? Lastly, perhaps most importantly, does the moron not understand that smoking cigarettes is a choice, that people who smoke do so because at some point in their lives they chose to do so?
I could only listen and wonder, glad that the attorney in question was not one of my attorneys.