Cookies where the kids can get them...
I've always liked Dr. Walter E. Williams. He has a great, dry sense of humor. Plus, he makes the complex simple.
In his recent column( article ) ,once again, he makes the complex simple:
"Private property would solve the smoking issue. Suppose you owned a restaurant, and you didn't wish to permit smoking. How would you like it if people used the political system to enact laws that forced you to permit smoking? I'm sure you'd consider it tyranny, and I'd agree. But there's symmetry. It's just as much tyranny to use the political system to enact laws to force a restaurant owner who wished to permit smoking to ban smoking. The liberty-oriented solution might be to post a sign saying you don't permit smoking, and customers wishing otherwise wouldn't enter. The same principle would apply to restaurant owners who wished to permit smoking."
Try telling your left wing friends this and see how they respond.
Reminds me of a quote I heard from JFK: "What's mine is mine. What's yours is negotiable."
And interestingly enough, I found that the whole quote is: " The freedom of the city is not negotiable. We cannot negotiate with those who say, "What's mine is mine and what's yours is negotiable." It came from an address to the people of the United States regarding the crisis in Berlin that eventually lead to the erection of the Berlin Wall a few months later ( article )(I remember seeing live TV of an East German soldier stringing concertina wire across an intersection that Sunday in August 1961) . JFK was telling the citizens of America that we could not negotiate with those who have the perspective of tyrants and despots.
Well, I certainly agree with him. I have no desire to negotiate with those who want to force me to give what I wish not to give and they are not entitled to.
It's called liberty.