Should a restaurant be forced to serve me?

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One thing that has been discussed at length over the last several years is the idea that if a business is open to the public, should it have the right to deny service to any particular group in our society. The discussion has been focused on wedding cakes, photographers and same-sex weddings. There is a baker who recently petitioned the Supreme Court to be able to provide his services to only those he wants to do business with.

So, it got me to thinking about the multitude of ways various groups in our society are “discriminated” against on a regular basis, but no one says anything and no one is clamouring onto the court steps to right these supposed wrongs. For example, I am a hardcore vegan and definitely a hardcore Libertarian. As such, I personally feel that if a business wishes to discriminate against me, then it is their right…

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Amazon & eBay say they will no longer sell Confederate flag items. How about stop selling Che Guevara t-shirts!

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Political correctness on steroids. Is the Confederate flag offensive to many, yes. Heck, I find it offensive.. Is it something I would buy, no. Does that mean businesses should stop selling the Confederate flag and items for which it is emblazoned? That is up to each business. But more importantly is as to why a business would take the Confederate flag off the shelves – on a website or in their stores.

This past week, Sears, KMart, Wal-Mart, Amazon, eBay and others have publicly declared they will no longer have the Confederate flag or items containing the Confederate flag available for sale. This is on the heels of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley announcing she will work to move the flying Confederate flag off government property. This, due to the white killer of 9 churchgoers being photographed with the Confederate flag and announcing he killed those 9 people because they were black.

Wal-Mart spokesman Brian Nick said, “We never want to offend anyone with the products that we offer. We have taken steps to remove all items promoting the confederate flag from our assortment — whether in our stores or on our website. We have a process in place to help lead us to the right decisions when it comes to the merchandise we sell. Still, at times, items make their way into our assortment improperly — this is one of those instances.”

Johnna Hoff, an eBay spokesperson, said that the Confederate flag has “become a contemporary symbol of divisiveness and racism.” It is banning the sale of Confederate flags and “many items containing this image,”

But who are they kidding? I can still buy Bill O’Reilly’s books on their sites! Ok, just joking – kinda’. But seriously, wiping your shelves clean of “offensive” items, while a noble effort, is just plain impractical as every day someone will come up with something that is more offensive than the next.

For example, a long list of items with Che Guevara’s image is still available on Walmart and Amazon’s websites which is highly offensive. His image is not the only thing offensive found on these websites or in these stores; however, I am using Guevara simply as an example. Should a group of people organize to ban that from the shelves?

Many people  mistakenly view Guevara as a freedom fighter; however, he was anything but. He, along with Fidel Castro, advocated for the jailing of blacks and gays just because of what they were. Their “revolution” quickly turned into a police state and resulted in thousands being killed simply because they were employed by the previous government or didn’t agree with Guevara & Castro’s plans. Shortly after the “revolution” a law was put in place to criminalize homosexuality which was supported by Guevara. Why are products with his image kept on the shelves and the Confederate flag removed? Guevara banned Rock & Roll music and put gay people in concentration camps along with Catholics and other political dissidents. There is a long list of problems with Che Guevara and one thing is clear — he was no hero and was no freedom fighter. If you have the time, I direct you to watch/listen to this prior posting on Guevara.

The bottom line is, even though I find Che Guevara propaganda products offensive, I support one’s right to wear the shirt and a business to sell Guevara merchandise. The same should hold true with the Confederate flag. It is up to each individual what to wear and what to buy. It is also up to each business on what they wish to sell. But do not stop selling the Confederate flag stating that you “never want to offend anyone with the products that we offer.” That is being disingenuous at best and at worst, a clear lie to the American people.

Amazon & eBay say they will no longer sell Confederate flag items. How about stop selling Che Guevara t-shirts!

che-poster-e1291300824171confederate-flag

Political correctness on steroids. Is the Confederate flag offensive to many, yes. Heck, I find it offensive.. Is it something I would buy, no. Does that mean businesses should stop selling the Confederate flag and items for which it is emblazoned? That is up to each business. But more importantly is as to why a business would take the Confederate flag off the shelves – on a website or in their stores.

This past week, Sears, KMart, Wal-Mart, Amazon, eBay and others have publicly declared they will no longer have the Confederate flag or items containing the Confederate flag available for sale. This is on the heels of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley announcing she will work to move the flying Confederate flag off government property. This, due to the white killer of 9 churchgoers being photographed with the Confederate flag and announcing he killed those 9 people because they were black.

Wal-Mart spokesman Brian Nick said, “We never want to offend anyone with the products that we offer. We have taken steps to remove all items promoting the confederate flag from our assortment — whether in our stores or on our website. We have a process in place to help lead us to the right decisions when it comes to the merchandise we sell. Still, at times, items make their way into our assortment improperly — this is one of those instances.”

Johnna Hoff, an eBay spokesperson, said that the Confederate flag has “become a contemporary symbol of divisiveness and racism.” It is banning the sale of Confederate flags and “many items containing this image,”

But who are they kidding? I can still buy Bill O’Reilly’s books on their sites! Ok, just joking – kinda’. But seriously, wiping your shelves clean of “offensive” items, while a noble effort, is just plain impractical as every day someone will come up with something that is more offensive than the next.

For example, a long list of items with Che Guevara’s image is still available on Walmart and Amazon’s websites which is highly offensive. His image is not the only thing offensive found on these websites or in these stores; however, I am using Guevara simply as an example. Should a group of people organize to ban that from the shelves?

Many people  mistakenly view Guevara as a freedom fighter; however, he was anything but. He, along with Fidel Castro, advocated for the jailing of blacks and gays just because of what they were. Their “revolution” quickly turned into a police state and resulted in thousands being killed simply because they were employed by the previous government or didn’t agree with Guevara & Castro’s plans. Shortly after the “revolution” a law was put in place to criminalize homosexuality which was supported by Guevara. Why are products with his image kept on the shelves and the Confederate flag removed? Guevara banned Rock & Roll music and put gay people in concentration camps along with Catholics and other political dissidents. There is a long list of problems with Che Guevara and one thing is clear — he was no hero and was no freedom fighter. If you have the time, I direct you to watch/listen to this prior posting on Guevara.

The bottom line is, even though I find Che Guevara propaganda products offensive, I support one’s right to wear the shirt and a business to sell Guevara merchandise. The same should hold true with the Confederate flag. It is up to each individual what to wear and what to buy. It is also up to each business on what they wish to sell. But do not stop selling the Confederate flag stating that you “never want to offend anyone with the products that we offer.” That is being disingenuous at best and at worst, a clear lie to the American people.

Same sex marriage to be heard at the Supreme Court today

Today, April 28, 2015, Justices at the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments as to whether marriage between the same sex is a constitutional right. At stake is whether the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires states to recognize marriages from other states and whether it requires states to allow same-sex marriages. Many feel the federal government should not be involved in the issue and it should remain a state issue. One of the many problems with that scenario is there are many federal tax and benefits implications that may outweigh 10th Amendment concerns.

Jim Obergefell, plaintiff in the case Obergefell, et al vs. Hodges, speaks in front of the U.S. Supreme Court March 6, 2015 in Washington, DC.

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The case centers on a Ohio same-sex couple, whereas Jim Obergefell could not be considered a surviving spouse of his partner who was dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease. At the same time, the court is hearing similar cases from Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. It is expected to be argued, Obergefell should be considered the surviving spouse under the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution and also the due process clause. If ruled in favor of Obergefell, it would force states that do not recognize same-sex marriage, like Ohio, to do so. In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was precisely one of the Libertarian Party’s objectives – to end the federal ban on same-sex marriages.

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Hillary supported traditional marriage, not same sex marriage

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Overby crushes Jolly on same sex marriage in Florida

Lucas Overby is the Libertarian Party candidate for Congressional District 13 and issued a statement this afternoon, July 22, 2014 directed at his opponent, Republican Party candidate David Jolly, on same-sex marriage. Yesterday, July 21, 2014, Jolly reportedly reversed his previous stance on same-sex marriage stating, “As a matter of my Christian faith, I believe in traditional marriage. But as a matter of Constitutional principle I believe in a form of limited government that protects personal liberty. To me, that means that the sanctity of one’s marriage should be defined by their faith and by their church, not by their state. Accordingly, I believe it is fully appropriate for a state to recognize both traditional marriage as well as same-sex marriage, and therefore I support the recent decision by a Monroe County Circuit Judge.” Overby said in respone, “Today, we learned that my opponent has come out in support of marriage equality in the State of Florida. I would like to personally thank him for making such an about-face on such an important issue in just a few months and welcome the Congressman to the conversation.”

 

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BREAKING: Judge overturns Florida’s ban on gay marriage in the Florida Keys

Libertarians and members of the LGBT community are celebrating today, July 17, 2014, as Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis M. Garcia ruled the 2008 referendum to ban same sex marriage unconstitutional, as it does not offer equal protection under the law. Although libertarians feel the government should not be forcing citizens to ask its permission to marry, for so long as the government does so, it should not be discriminatory. The Monroe County government is expected to begin granting its permission for same sex couples to marry this Tuesday, July 21, 2014.

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