The idea of freedom and liberty made our country the beacon of light it is in the eyes of most of the world. It began as just that — a vision — a thought — an idea. It wasn’t even close to perfect with the defeat of the British in the Revolutionary War. The Constitution was a great start but our society took a long time to become fully inclusive. It was as recently as 52 years ago with the adoption of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that many felt more included in the American Way than they had been before. It was a government move that should not have been necessary had true freedom, liberty and equal opportunity been the way of life here. Sadly, Southern Democrats lived and perpetuated a way of life that was discriminatory. They regularly disallowed those not like them racially, ethnically, religiously, sexually et al to participate in commerce and public accommodation and it was wrong. That was, for the most part, righted by the Act.
That act wasn’t meant to change our thoughts, opinions or deny us our freedom of conscience. The fight for equal access and opportunity was real and necessary and, in large parts, won through righteous, civil, peaceful disobedience and protest. I fully believe all people in our country should enjoy equal access to those offering public accommodation. You offer a service or product to the public, you should not be able to pick and choose who can pay you for the service or purchase your product. I also truly believe any business offering restrooms or locker rooms to the public should make them available to anyone in the public who is partaking in that business, service or facility. Certain natural, freedom and common sense-based rules do apply, however.
Science tells us what makes human beings male or female. It’s not open to interpretation. If you think you or your child is the gender opposite to what science says, you’re celebrated. If you rely on the science to denote gender, you’re shouted down as a hater and a something-a-phobe. The media, pop culture and the mainstream in this country will do all it can to excommunicate you from the ranks of those who should be considered an American. In reality, the claim of some to want freedom to choose which bathroom they use eliminates the freedom of the rest of us to rely on what science tells us AND our freedom to insure our children are not at risk by those CLAIMING to feel they’re something they’re not. It’s common and even expected for singers to cancel concerts, performers to cancel performances, sports commissioners to proclaim they’ll do all they can to change laws in order to deny the rest of us the ability to be free to express what science tells us.
If you’re in a car from which a drive-by shooting was perpetrated then you run from police while pointing a gun at them — or, if after committing a strong-armed robbery, you decide to fight with a police officer in his marked police vehicle, there’s a good chance you’ll be shot. If you disagree with the police response and claim it’s racism, you’re celebrated. If you use common sense and focus on the facts in the cases, you’re shouted down and labeled a racist and hater. In fact, if you don’t agree with the chants of an anti-White, anti-Police racist organization’s chants of how lives of one race matter, you are attacked from all angles of the mainstream. These racists are actually lifted on high by many in music, sports and politics. Recently, they were actually invited to the White House to meet with the President of the United States. It’s bizarro world. Those of us who believe the vast majority of police are good and that criminals are putting themselves in harm’s way with the decisions they make do NOT have the freedom to say so without the sledge hammer of the elites in our society clobbering us with claims of racism or ethnocentrism. We do NOT have the equal opportunity to retort.
I believe we are the top of the food chain. I believe animals are on Earth for our sustenance, companionship, entertainment and transportation. I have four dogs and love them all. I also love a medium-rare juicy steak. Animals should be treated in a humane fashion as we enjoy them. I was watching Hawaii Five-O last night and was inundated by the message that circuses are bad and elephants should be freed. In the story, a woman broke into the circus, stole an elephant and smuggled it out of the country with the help of many — INCLUDING public servants. It was presented as if she was right and everyone in society agrees with this message. They also alleged the animal was mistreated and she was told there were legal means to try to punish the circus but that was ignored as they committed crime after crime to “help” the animal. For what it’s worth, they didn’t even use are real elephant on the program. It was clearly CGed in. But, the message was there. In real life, recently Sea World gave in to pressure from radical groups like PETA ( a group that wrongly puts animals on an even keel as humans ) and announced it would discontinue its killer whale shows in the future. These shows are the only way most of us will EVER experience whale. That doesn’t matter. We are NOT free to disagree. If you feel the shows should continue, you’re shouted down and looked at in a worse light than a common criminal.
As far as cakes and photography and catering — all people should be able to enjoy these services. But, when there becomes a struggle between a free person’s religious beliefs, consideration should be made. One’s sexual preference is not and should not be important when he’s buying some cake or hiring a photographer. If you want to go around telling people what gender you are attractive to or like to sleep with, that’s up to you. I’m guessing most shop owners don’t care. But, when you insist on that shop owner PARTICIPATING in your ceremony, you are now insisting they agree with it. Yes, cake-makers, caterers and photographers hired to do a wedding are being asked to participate. They, as free people, should have the freedom to decline as it goes against their beliefs. This is common sense and it’s true constitutionally. Because I have this belief, I’ll be called all sorts of names. People will make assumptions about my heart, soul and level of compassion for my fellow man. I don’t truly have the freedom to feel this way.
I’m completely cool with people disagreeing with me. I’m also completely satisfied that my feelings on these topics are rooted in fact, common sense and reality. Totalitarian societies were and are based on disallowing people the simple freedom of speech, worship, thought and conscience. That’s exactly what we’re looking more and more like every day. Is that really who we want to be as a culture and as the last great hope for freedom and liberty for all people?