As tort law grows more and more plaintiff oriented, and as judges begin to take it upon themselves to right the grievous wrongs dealt to the unfortunate few by their own chubby hands, freedoms gradually begin to drain away. The oppressive hand of the courts restricts manufacturers from creating products for which there is a demand. Responsible consumers are prevented from exercising their choice about which products they wish to buy. The only beneficiaries are the irresponsible consumers who have misused products or refused to get information about products they buy, and the lawyers who love them.
Meanwhile, the hungry tort lawyers are looking for new lines of liability to exploit. Two decades ago, the idea of the obese suing their food suppliers would have been laughed out of court. Now, the only question is how far the lawsuits will go.
Here's how far: In the next two decades, expect a rash of lawsuits by children with genetic defects against their parents. If the parents were informed during pregnancy that the child would suffer physical or mental difficulties as a result of genetic defect, should the child be able to sue the parent for failing to abort? If a person can consciously make the decision to smoke, and then sue the cigarette manufacturer for damages, why can't a completely innocent child with no freedom of choice about prenatal life or death be able to sue a parent who forces the child into a life of misery?
Sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? It isn't. Yes, this make courts the final arbiters of morality. But the past decades have seen an increasing effort by courts to grab power from the people and to legislate morality from the bench. Whether it's claiming a fundamental right to sodomy or shirking personal responsibility in favor of corporate liability, courts have exceeded their limits by leaps and bounds.
So before the courts shut down the Thickburger, let's raise a non-diet cola to the brave entrepreneurs willing to risk legal battle to put out their product. And if you want a Thickburger, get one now -- they might only be available for a limited time.
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