Intolerant Gay Rights Activists Decry Individual Liberty, Endorse Gov’t Coercion

socialism communismThe recent legislation signed into law in the State of Indiana by Governor Mike Pence hinges on the idea that if a person opens a privately-owned business, they must be able to serve those who wish to pay for services under their own discretion of right and wrong.

It is simple liberty, just as it is simple liberty to refuse service to those people coming into a business without proper clothing, or who are acting untoward.

But gay activism has shot liberty down, as Indiana has been the focus of boycotts by those interested in promoting the idea that if you own a business, you shall have no control over who you provide service to.

Considering that a lawsuit brought by gay rights activists could jeopardize a business’s ability to continue, the law protects the rights of the business owner from governmental overreach while maintaining that private business is not public business.

The idea that a member of the public can force a private business to act when it does not wish to, breaks down the meaning of private and causes friction with their free exercise of commerce.

The idea also, that rules governing a for-profit business should force that business to serve anyone who walks through the door, forgets that your labor is something you own and that for a lot of people, their labor is for the greater glory of God.

I frankly don’t understand why gay activists would want to enlist government to enforce their ability to receive a service, like for example, the creation of a wedding cake for a “gay wedding” from a business who adamantly refuses their business.  You can’t make people change their minds, yet with the boycotts, the message is: make me a cake, or your livelihood is over.

This introduces the communistic method of common ownership of the means of production, by ascribing a “right” to receive services.  But like all ideas coming from the left, it reduces autonomy, ending in complete control of commerce by the state.  It never works though, and this sheds light on a massive problem with the left, which endeavors to convince the people that they, as a body politic, should own all means of production and then have no say in how it’s managed.  Your money is confiscated so that “philosopher kings” can run it, while you have no say in how your tax dollars are spent, for the “greater good.”

There is no restriction for a gay couple to find a cake maker who would be more than happy to provide them a service.  The gay activists, it seems, would rather force someone (force being another communistic tool) to bake them a cake rather than taking their money where it is wanted, (without force).

It seems certain that all gay individuals would not want the means of production to be held, by force, by the government alone. So it’s not clear why more people aren’t speaking up about the importance of keeping business and government separate.

The fact that there are rules set by the owners of the establishment about common decency that go hand in hand with the ability of a business to provide a service proves that there are restrictions on any transaction moving forward.

I am reminded of a class I took on bartending: One of the attendees of the class remarked that he was told by a patron that he could not be thrown out of the bar upon coming in too drunk to talk, because it was a public place.  Though it seemed obvious to me that, while a person is a member of the public, once they enter a private business they are to comport themselves in a manner that will get them the service they seek or be refused, the attendee couldn’t see that line of logic.  A “public place” is a road, a park, a government building, anything that is paid for by public tax dollars.

So, it seems to me that if you want government to own all means of production, a stated goal of communism, you should come right out and admit that you prefer that failed method of government and that you decry individual liberty, including religious liberty, the balance sought by a representative republic.

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Obama And Irony In Iron Country

Obama was in Marquette, Michigan last week, he ate some candy and a fatty burger, then he went to Northern Michigan University, and made me pause.

…decades later, FDR set up the Rural Electrification Administration to help bring power to vast swaths of America that were still in darkness. Companies said that building lines to rural areas would be too costly. I mean, big cities already had electricity. But they said, it’s too costly to go out into remote areas.

Yes, FDR started the Tennessee Valley Authority, which is right now the largest public power company in the nation, a great monument to “big government can-do attitude.”

The same Tennessee Valley Authority is for the ability to burn coal.

Ironic that the flourishes of failed President Obama are starting to resemble those of his.

“When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the princes of greed.  He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.'”  Biden said.

There were no TV’s then, FDR wasn’t President then, and everyone did not have electricity then.  The ironic part is that Obama’s entire speech in Marquette, Michigan was an attempt at proving that government infrastructure improvements help better our lives and the 4G broadband exemplified by NMU is just the ticket to the next big government improvement.  But when that government’s energy policy is one of constriction, tell me again how big government is great?
As we clearly can see, FDR’s socialist path of top-down centralized power can still struggle when a Marxist takes the reigns of the country.
But what of the 4G wireless at NMU?  How much does it cost?  Who is paying for it? If we all are going to get it by 2016, like Obama says, who’s to say there won’t be 16G available by then?  Just sayin’.  The government cannot keep up, we all end up overpaying, and as the TVA can attest, in time, we may all be in court fighting for our rights to be connected in the first place.
(Marquette County, Michigan is indeed a very naturally beautiful and friendly place to be, as well as home to some of the first Iron Mines in Michigan.)
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Obama the Dream-Sucker

Yesterday, I listened to President Obama say these words.

Despite the progress we’ve made, many businesses are still skittish about hiring.  Some are still digging themselves out of the losses they incurred over the past year.  Many have figured out how to squeeze more productivity out of fewer workers.  And that cost-cutting has become embedded in their operations and in their culture.  That may result in good profits, but it’s not translating into hiring and so that’s the question that we have to ask ourselves today: How do we get businesses to start hiring again?

From the perspective of an employee of a small business, I can’t tell you how cynical and dream-crushing your perspective is, Mr. President.

I don’t see how you can claim, sir, that your administration has made any progress, economy-wise.   Here in Michigan, I’ve been told there were some stimulus jobs in the , however, there are only 15 districts in Michigan, and they number

I don’t like to talk about myself as much as you do, but I’d like to share some of my experience to let you know what types of things you all are doing “in Washington that are inhibiting” me.

I was hired 4 years ago to do a highly-skilled job that I had no idea how to do.  With the help of my fellow co-workers, I learned.  I learned fast.  It wasn’t long before I could see some ways of doing things at work to make the job simpler, and more effective.  I became supervisor and was involved in the hiring process.  I helped hire people who had the same amount of knowledge of the job as I did when I got hired.  I am now helping them to become as successful as I have been.

I can’t tell you how many jobs I’ve had before this that I literally stared at the clock, waiting to go home-where I never did anything either.   That’s not living, that is only existing.

You see, when you learn something, a skill or a piece of knowledge, you feel good about yourself.  You say to yourself, “Wow, I did that.  Maybe there are more things I don’t yet know I can do.”

When you know you are able to do something that you never thought you could, you start to think that what you have been dreaming about doesn’t just happen to lucky people, you start to think that those people who have reached their dreams worked at it, and learned as much as they could to achieve them.

Those people become entrepreneurs, small businessmen and businesswomen.

Every person has a dream of what they really want to do.  Some dreams become nothing because of the lack of work involved in making them come true.  In Michigan, I believe the back-breaking amount of work involved in holding one’s dream is a direct result of the “inhibiting” effects of Michigan’s current administration and your administration.

Sir, why would any small business person hire someone to do nothing?  After they worked so hard to take the chance to reach their dreams, why would they disrespect another human being in such a manner?  Who would say to an applicant, “Look, don’t try to get ahead in life, sure I did it, but you can’t.”  Not me, never ever.

It takes hard work to reach your dreams, it takes a non-productive existence to suck them away.

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