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Even the Libertarian Party is Useless on Oppressive Nondiscrimination Laws

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If you’re like me you’re probably searching for a third party candidate in the wake of Donald Trump’s clinching of the GOP nomination. For those of you considering the Libertarian Party (LP), I hope you’ll reconsider.

The party’s current frontrunner, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, doesn’t seem to understand this liberty thing. He thinks it means drugs and abortion but should you decide that you don’t want to engage in a business transaction he wants the government to coerce you. The party’s other candidates aren’t quite as extreme in their statism though none of them will make an unqualified stand for your Thirteenth Amendment right not to be held in involuntary servitude—which is exactly what private sector nondiscrimination laws are.

Johnson is so enamored with the concept of private sector nondiscrimination laws that he wants to force Jewish bakers to make a Nazi wedding cakes. Yes, really. Contrary to the battle cry of his party, “Minimum government, maximum freedom,” Johnson thinks the government should mandate that party A do business with party B. I don’t. My philosophy is that both ends of any economic transaction should be voluntary. That is not, by the way, a return to Jim Crow. Jim Crow was also a statist monstrosity which prohibited businesses from serving whom they wished. Big difference.

Johnson makes the familiar slippery slope argument that permitting businesses to refuse service to one group for one reason will quickly get out of control and then all sorts of businesses will be discriminating for all sorts of reasons. For the life of me, I can’t explain why a libertarian would be upset about this. It certainly puts the lie to the rest of his supposed libertarian beliefs.

The slippery slope argument goes something like this—today it’s one shop refusing to make a wedding cake for a homosexual wedding but tomorrow…who knows? Every bakery in town might refuse service as well. Every bakery in the next town might make the same decision. And the next town, and the next town. You can see how this would be a huge problem in say, San Francisco or New York both of which have strict laws against that kind of reprobate behavior. Then there might be a gas station owner who won’t serve blacks and he might own the only gas station in a hundred mile radius and a black guy might run out of gas in the middle of the desert and be disemboweled by vultures! And then doctors might refuse to perform life-saving surgery on patients because they’re divorced! It gets really stupid really fast.

The moderator, John Stossel, then asked whether Jews should have to bake a Nazi wedding cake and Johnson replied, “That’s my contention, yes.” He then went on to cite the silliest slippery slope argument I have ever heard—and I’ve heard some silly ones. He actually said that a private utility company might decide to shut off someone’s electricity for religious reasons.

Is this really a problem? No really; has this ever happened in the history of the universe? Where do they get these ridiculous scenarios?

I don’t mean to imply that slippery slope arguments are inherently suspect. To the contrary, we’re racing down a slippery slope at breathtaking speed but in the other direction. The idea that business owners can’t discriminate is being taken to absurd lengths and it will only get more bizarre in coming years. It isn’t just nondiscrimination laws either. Once we’ve accepted that private businesses aren’t really private there’s essentially nothing the government can’t mandate or prohibit. If you’re okay with that then please don’t call yourself a libertarian, a conservative, or even an American. Call yourself something else. Please.

The mental roadblock I think most people encounter when thinking about this issue is that most of us received very simplistic lessons about the so-called Civil Rights Movement in our grade school years. It’s sacrilege to suggest that maybe we made a mistake when we enacted, for example, the Civil Rights Act of 1964. When reasonable objections are raised to private sector nondiscrimination laws—objections that are grounded in the Constitution, the free market, and federalism—we tend to get nervous. Though we know that these objections make sense we also know that they might have been used by yesteryear’s white southerners to continue to refuse service to blacks.

But that’s the nature of freedom. Just as I will defend the right of free speech regardless of whether I personally agree with what’s being said, I will also defend the right of people to refuse service for the reason of their choosing. Just saying “I don’t want to” ought to suffice.

Strange things start happening when that right disappears. What seems like an absurd application of the law today may seem quite normal in twenty years. The sky’s really the limit. Just imagine if you could go back in time and tell Ralph Abernathy, one of Martin Luther King’s closest advisers and an ordained minister, that the precedent he was setting would one day be invoked to make Christians such as himself bake wedding cakes for homosexual weddings. He would have thought you were mad.

Nondiscrimination laws are now being used to force private businesses to allow men to use the ladies’ room. That’s what Houston’s HERO was about, as well as Charlotte’s recent law which was preempted by the state of North Carolina, which may in turn be preempted by Obama’s dictatorial powers. The Obama Administration’s wacky position isn’t even that we should integrate bathrooms, only that each of us should have the freedom to self-select which group we belong to.

Unlike most people, I won’t say that having separate bathrooms isn’t discrimination. Of course it is! Making any distinction between two things is discrimination by definition. If you think men belong in the men’s room then you are not unequivocally anti-discrimination. You believe, as I do, that some kinds of discrimination are at least tolerable if not acceptable or even desirable.

The hottest new fad in nondiscrimination law is protection for convicted felons. Most of us don’t think that being a murderer or rapist is a status deserving of protection but then again most of us don’t work for the Obama Administration. Last month, the US Department of Housing issued a decree saying that refusing to rent to a prospective tenant on account of a criminal record may violate the Fair Housing Act. Actually, it doesn’t. The act prohibits discrimination based on race but not on felony conviction. The Department maintains that discrimination against felons is de facto discrimination against racial minorities. So there you have it folks—Democrats think minorities are a bunch of criminals. And we’re the racist ones?

Here’s the weirdest one I have seen in a while. It is now illegal in New York City, through a bureaucratic regulation not passed by the city council, for a bartender to refuse to serve a woman because she’s pregnant.

If we don’t serve margaritas to pregnant ladies it’s a slippery slope back to Jim Crow! Or something.

Keep in mind that drinking while pregnant, as bad an idea as that may be, is not illegal in New York. Pregnant ladies can get as smashed as they want to; they just have to find someone willing to sell them the alcohol. What’s changed is that you no longer have a choice to serve them. According to the guidelines: “Judgments and stereotypes about how pregnant individuals should behave, their physical capabilities and what is or is not healthy for a fetus are pervasive in our society and cannot be used as pretext for unlawful discriminatory decisions.”

They hit on all the right words—judgement, stereotypes, pretext. A pretext, by the way, is “a reason that you give to hide your real reason for doing something,” according to Merriam-Webster. So the city of New York has decided that if a bartender claims not to want to contribute to fetal alcohol syndrome he’s actually lying. There must be a more sinister reason lurking behind that “pretext.” Much like our First Amendment, it’s a “cloak for prejudice.”

Unlike Governor Johnson’s silly scenario involving an electricity company shutting off power for religious reasons, all of the aforementioned examples are actually happening. No hypotheticals here. That doesn’t mean, however, that we have reached peak insanity. There’s always a new frontier in “civil rights” and I have no doubt that it will get worse before it gets better. Should nondiscrimination laws be used to protect child molesters? I don’t think that’s so far-fetched. Given the current administration’s policy on discrimination against felons, I would have to assume they’re already protected. A landlord can’t say that he will rent to criminals but not that kind of criminal. Will Curves gym be forced to take men? I don’t see why not. Discrimination is part of their business model.

We’re on a slippery slope for sure but not toward too much freedom. We’re like the Jamaican bobsled team racing toward total government control. I want off.

 

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BREAKING News Out Of Michigan – Muslims Are About To RIOT!

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The state of Michigan is quickly turning into a Sharia swamp, thanks to the reckless immigration policies of Obama over the past 8 years. Places like Dearborn that was once an all-American town has now earned the nickname “Little Baghdad,” where markets, businesses, mosques, and Islamic schools surround residents, as the place has been transformed into a third world country. In the wake of disturbing reports of a Muslim now being positioned to take over as governor, lawmakers are quickly realizing they have to take drastic measures before their state is completely overtaken by Muslims. In an unprecedented move, Michigan has just passed a law that will instantly make most Muslims instant felons overnight, sending a clear message that Sharia Law will no longer be tolerated in their state.

Michigan has been on everyone’s Sharia radar lately, after the huge scandal emerged recently about the two Michigan doctors who were caught forcing female children to undergo genital mutilation. Dr. Fakhruddin Attar, 53, and his wife, Farida Attar, 50, were arrested several weeks ago at their medical office in Livonia, Michigan, where they were charged with three federal criminal counts, including conspiracy, female genital mutilation and aiding and abetting. But unfortunately for the Muslim couple and the entire Muslim population of Michigan, things have gone from bad to worse after what lawmakers just passed overnight.

After realizing that only jailing two Muslims for their crimes would do little to stop the rampant cases of little girls being mutilated in order to comply with Sharia Law, (as it’s common that Muslims will just perform this procedure on their own children), Michigan has just passed a law that will send any Muslim to prison for 15 years who is found guilty of taking part in the procedure, to include parents.  Pamela Geller has more:

The law was written and passed in the wake of a widely reported and horrific discovery of the procedure being conducted on two girls from Minnesota and four from Michigan allegedly by a doctor in Detroit. The federal government investigating the incident said the FGM was pushed in these instances by an India-based Muslim sect called Dawoodi Bohra.

Gov. Rick Snyder, who will be running against Muslim Abdul el-Sayed in the 2018 governor race, is frantic to take back control of his state that is being completely overrun by these Sharia-supporting Muslim terrorists.

“Those who commit these horrendous crimes should be held accountable for their actions, and these bills stiffen the penalties for offenders while providing additional support to victims,” Gov. Rick Snyder said in a statement. “This legislation is an important step toward eliminating this despicable practice in Michigan while empowering victims to find healing and justice.” FOX News went on:

The practice, also known as female circumcision or cutting, is a federal crime punishable by five years in prison. But the new Michigan laws — which also give prosecutors and victims more time to pursue such cases — create harsher penalties for procedures that have been condemned by the United Nation but are common for girls in some parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Michigan is the 26th state to officially ban the practice in the U.S. The state laws take effect in October.

The new laws apply to parents or others who knowingly facilitate genital mutilation, including the transporting of girls to another state for the procedure. Defendants in such cases will not be able to defend themselves in court by saying it is a custom or ritual.

Under the laws, the statute of limitations for criminal charges to be filed will be 10 years or by the alleged victim’s 21st birthday, whichever is later. Victims will be able to sue for damages until their 28th birthday, which is longer than the previous two-year window after the discovery of harm.

The state Department of Health and Human Services will develop an educational and outreach program targeting specific populations, including girls who may be at risk. Teachers, physicians and police also will receive information.

Advocates say few states have enacted education requirements or longer statutes of limitations.

“This barbaric procedure has no accepted health benefits and is only performed to exercise control over young women,” said one of the bill sponsors, Republican Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker of Lawton. “We owe it to our girls to give law enforcement and prosecutors every available tool to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

It’s good to see lawmakers coming down hard on these Muslims who prove on a daily basis they have no intentions of assimilating into Western civilization. If they want to carve up their little girls and live under Sharia Law, they can happily do that over in their lovely crap-covered third world countries.

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Badass Texans Player Just Beat Down Every Whiny Protester On His Field With What He’s Bringing To Next Game

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As tens of thousands of Texans and Floridians battle the aftermath of the hurricane that ripped through their communities, we’re beginning to glimpse into the heart and soul of what makes America, America. While loudmouths like “oppressed” millionaire football stars like Colin Kaepernick could easily use his social media presence to rally his base and organize relief efforts, he’s obviously too self-absorbed with plotting his next bout of anti-American antics to give flying crap about suffering Americans. Now a lesser-known NFL player is putting every kneeling player to shame after the incredible thing he brought onto the football field Sunday night that’s making these ungrateful players look like even bigger jackasses than they already were, while proving that the spirit of America is alive in well.

As “oppressed” millionaire NFL players continue to make a mockery of our country while insulting ever single soldier who fought, bled, and died for this country by protesting our National Anthem, other NFL players like Justin James “J. J.” Watt have been working tirelessly to organize hurricane relief efforts for the past several weeks. Watt, who is defensive end for the Houston Texans, raised a whopping $30 million dollars just in the last week and a half alone, putting every kneeling douchebag in the NFL to massive shame.

Rather than taking a knee or using his time in the spotlight to act like a gigantic jackass, Watt ran onto the football field for his first game since Hurricane Harvey with a gigantic flag, symbolizing the incredible spirit of Americans uniting after the catastrophe, a patriotic gesture that anti-American morons like Colin Kaepernick can’t even comprehend.

The stadium went absolutely nuts, giving the man who has raised $30 million to rebuild their destroyed communities an incredible rock star welcome, rightfully stealing the spotlight from the anti-American clowns whose disgusting antics continue to make headlines at every single NFL game as of late.

If morons like Colin Kaepernick truly cared about America and wanted to be a positive force for “change” like they claim, they’d be first in line to help pass out boxes of food and supplies to these suffering victims. We as Americans need to stop allowing these kneeling idiots to hijack our favorite sport and give players like Watt the attention and praise he deserves, as he truly cares for Americans and is choosing to use his platform in such an incredible way.

J.J. reported over twitter that the physical donations pouring in so fast, that the money that was raised hasn’t even been tapped into yet. Pictures of supplies overflowing from storage spaces and trucks could be seen, where these supplies were donated in a massive distribution event over the weekend to the suffering Houston community.

What’s even more amazing is that after raising all this money and coordinating the relief efforts, J.J. has been hands-on and involved ever step of the way, even physically going to the distribution centers and handing out supplies. Keep in mind Watt is a professional athlete who is taking time away from his vigorous training to help his fellow Texans.

In a recent interview with James Palmer, J.J. was asked about how many hours a day he’s spending on relief efforts, and his answer was remarkable:

“I asked Watt how many hours he’s spent on his fundraiser and planning this event since he arrived in Houston with the rest of his teammates on Wednesday. “All of them,” he said, smiling. Outside of a two to three hour workout each day, Watt has spent every second working with either Houston mayor Sylvester Turner, people from the Justin J. Watt Foundation, or volunteers to make this massive project a success in just a few short days. There is no question there were also a few prayers Saturday night that things would go off without a hitch.

Many professionals — let alone professional football players — struggle to lead groups during a time of crisis. Watt has done it brilliantly. I asked someone close to Watt, who has been with him during every step of the planning and preparation, how much of this he’s actually been hands-on for. She responded, “All of it.”

As for the tens of millions of dollars he’s raised, J.J. says, “I’m going to take my time, make sure that I work with local organizations that we do it right here in the city so that money goes straight to the people here of Houston who need it the most so that we can help rebuild them.”

What an incredible man! Rather than using his platform to whine about America and our country’s “injustices,” Watt is showing is leading by example and truly being the “change” that our country needs, showing these ungrateful protesting morons throughout the NFL what it really means to be an American.

 

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NFL Players Upset Their Anthem Protest Isn’t Working Anymore, Just Teamed Up With Obama To SCREW America In New Way

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It wasn’t enough for spoiled “oppressed” millionaire athletes to complete destroy our favorite pass time with their anti-American antics. Now Kaepernick and pals are making things extremely personal, going straight after patriotic Americans and outrageously labeling those who disagree with their protests as “racists” who don’t care about black people being killed by cops. After a successful onslaught on America’s patriotism, these idiots are now going straight after the Second Amendment and pushing an Obama-initiated gun grab, as their bold move to erase everything that our country stands for reaches astonishing new levels.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from these ongoing protests, it’s that these ungrateful athletes have no concept of what being an American truly means, otherwise these players wouldn’t choose to disrespect our soldiers who fought for their freedoms every time they take a knee. These protests are nothing but a political ploy to demonize “white America,” as we continue to see these athletes throwing up black power salutes when they tackle white players as a way for these racist athletes to proclaim their “supremacy” over the white race.

So it should come as no surprise that these communist-loving racists would go straight after the one thing that sets America apart from any other country in the world, our Second Amendment rights. Sean Hannity reported:

The same NFL players who choose to “take a knee” in protest of racial injustice in America are now turning their sights on the US constitution; targeting the Second Amendment in a new push to tighten gun control regulations across the country.

ESPN is reporting that the San Francisco 49ers -the team that started the divisive practice of kneeling during the national anthem- is now targeting the Second Amendment; donating $500,000 to promote strict gun laws in the US.

“The Niners have pledged $500,000 toward the campaign, which will advocate for legislation banning ‘bump stocks’ and other mechanisms that allow semi-automatic weapons to become automatic weapons, as well as silencers and armor piercing bullets,” writes ESPN.

“The parties are also pledging to join with others to forge a public awareness campaign centered on improving police and community relations,” the author adds.

They say the definition of insanity is repeating the same mistake and expecting different results. After weeks of alienating their fans with NFL ratings now plummeting to startling and historic double-digit lows, this move is sure to raise even more eyebrows among furious fans who are already livid over these millionaire athletes trying to inject their ridiculous political viewpoints on Americans. “To date, TV ratings are down roughly 20% from this time in 2015, as angry fans change the channel after weeks of player protests,” Sean Hannity went on.

This is nothing more than Obama’s foot soldiers continuing to push his anti-American legacy now that their black messiah is out of office. What Kaeprnick and the 49ers are attempting to do is a continuation of Obama’s gun grabbing attempts, and just like all liberals do, these atheltes are using the latest gun-related incident of Las Vegas to push their gun grabbing agenda. Breitbart reported:

It appears the 49ers are ready to pick up where Obama left off, and they are joined by the Los Angeles Police Protective League, an LAPD union, in so doing. On October 26 Breitbart News reported that the Los Angeles Police Protective League is pushing for a ban on suppressors, armor-piercing ammunition, and bump stocks.

On February 15, 2015, Breitbart News reported that the Obama-era push was directed toward M855 rounds for the AR-15. The rounds are fully legal under the auspices of the Gun Control Act of 1968, which bans handgun ammunition categorized as armor piercing. The Obama ATF attempted to apply the ban on handgun ammo to rifle ammo as well, even though the M855 round was one of the most popular AR-15 rounds for sporting purposes at the time. And it was precisely because of the round’s popularity that the NRA-ILA described the attempted ban as “a move clearly intended by the Obama administration to repress the acquisition, ownership, and use of AR-15s and other .223 caliber general purpose rifles.”

These millionaires have one freaking job to do and it’s to play football. But for reasons that defy all logic, these athletes think that Americans should care about their political viewpoints. With many Americans already irate over these protests, you can be sure that these ball players’ decision to go after our Second Amendment rights will be complete suicide for the league, as I don’t see any red blooded patriots about to stand idly by while these morons disrespect not only the soldiers who gave them our freedoms, but the Second Amendment rights that continues to ensure our nation stays free from tyrants.

 

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