Seems to me like the government is, and has, been trying to legislate stupid for a long time now. Which, in my opinion is a stupid idea.
I guess someone told "them" (the United States congress, Federal Reserve Bank + central banks, most large corporations and, in more general terms, the power elite) that you can't fix stupid. I'm pretty sure that someone may have been Ron White LMAO
I suspect government may have taken that as some sort of challenge and due to their own pride decided to prove it wrong.
From link above, Wikipedia
Main article: Pride
In almost every list pride (Latin, superbia), or hubris, is considered the original and most serious of the seven deadly sins, and the source of the others. It is identified as a desire to be more important or attractive than others, failing to acknowledge the good work of others, and excessive love of self (especially holding self out of proper position toward God). Dante's definition was "love of self perverted to hatred and contempt for one's neighbour." In Jacob Bidermann's medieval miracle play, Cenodoxus, pride is the deadliest of all the sins and leads directly to the damnation of the titulary famed Parisian doctor. In perhaps the best-known example, the story of Lucifer, pride (his desire to compete with God) was what caused his fall from Heaven, and his resultant transformation into Satan. In Dante's Divine Comedy, the penitents were forced to walk with stone slabs bearing down on their backs to induce feelings of humility.
Take seat belt laws..
I don't think there should be a law, passed by the state, to require you to wear a seat-belt. I, personally, do think you might be stupid for not wearing one. Seat-belts, especially in lower speed accidents, have the proven ability to "save your f'ing life".
A pretty cool thing in and of itself.
So you would likely be either suicidal or stupid not to wear one. In my own humble opinion.
But a law? A government requirement that you do so?
No.. That's trying to "fix" stupid..
The absence of law, in this particular situation, may be more helpful to "humanity".
And this "law" about to go in effect. Targeted specifically at one lone industry. Big tobacco.
Editorial: Graphic new warnings on cigarettes are overkill
Public anti-smoking campaigns are understandable, but mandating these macabre images goes too far.
By The Denver Post
Yes I do smoke myself.. Which is stupid..
My own personal "theory" is that genuinely stupid people, left alone, will find a multitude of ways to, so to speak, do themselves in.
Self destruct, if you will.
From jay walking to credit card debt (Click here for stats) to subprime lending.
You can't possibly legislate and regulate all of it. That's a stupid idea.
I'm a libertarian and I believe you should just leave stupid alone and it "will" work itself out, over time.
Be the stupid entity a sub-prime borrower or a sub-prime lender.
Again, in my humble opinion, stupid people should be allowed to self destruct. Drug addicts, gamblers, Jackasses, all of them.
Given their stupidity, gradually, over time, they should disappear.
That is what natural selection is all about.
Were that to occur *I* think the end effect would improve, or evolve, "humanity".