Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Mind Your Own Business

As states and federal courts have slowly expanded gay rights, groups pushing for increased religious protections have tried to coax momentum in the other direction, through both law and lawsuit. 

The catalyst for the recent flood of religious exemption legislation seems to have been a number of court cases that were decided in favor of LGBT clients who were denied wedding services.

Why are these matters a matter of State? The government must now shield us from the menace of florists and bakers? Pray tell, what or who keeps the chickens from the fox that guards them?  

Imagine the following.  

A baker, using only her capital, skill, blood, sweat and tears, has her own business. She works long hours and to the best of her ability. And she’s a racist; a hardcore racist. That is, Whites are not welcome in her establishment. She believes her great, great, great, great, great grandmother was a slave in colonial America and she has no intention of serving “Crackers” in her store. 

Should the government force this proud Black woman to serve White customers against her will? 

I say no. It’s her business, not the government’s. Let the market decide. Will she stay in business? Maybe, maybe not.  

There’ll be a White person here and there who will say, “You know…she’s a racist piece of garbage but her scones are to die for.” And he’ll send his Black buddy there to order breakfast for everyone. But most will think differently. Will she therefore lose business? It seems likely. But that’s her business not ours—and certainly not the government’s. 

Let’s journey across town to another bakery: “Gold Star Pastries” owned and operated by David Solomon. A gentleman calls in an order for a birthday cake to be ready for delivery on April 20, in honor of Adolf Hitler’s birthday. Naturally, he wants the cake to be German chocolate, in the shape of a Swastika.  

Should the government force Mr. Solomon to bake such a cake?  

I say no. Mr. Solomon should not be forced to bake the cake. It’s his business, not the government’s. Let the market decide.  

“Mind your own business” used to be a matter of common sense but sense grows scarcer by the day it seems. You see, an individual can have common sense but not a government. No government has, or ever has had, common sense. Common sense resides in a mind and nothing is more mindless than a government. Thus a senator, but not a Senate, can have common sense.  

Since we are not self-directed but rather State-manipulated, common sense no longer rules the day. This is why no business anywhere can refuse a customer for any reason—provided of course that said customer isn’t smoking some sort of tobacco. 

There was a time in America when common people ruled and regulated themselves by their own common sense. In other words, there was liberty. That time is now behind us and grows increasingly distant as we become more and more accustomed to our personal business being the government’s concern.  

“Mind your own business” said no nanny-police State ever.

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