Tuesday, February 25, 2014

it's telling who is opposed to that Arizona Law - SB 1062

There's a link to a report on Arizona's latest controversy. I am a contrarian; I see the other side quite often. It's one thing to have a law forbidding discrimination in public spaces and by corporations who, after all, are on the public dole through the discrimination of the tax codes. It's quite another thing, as I see it to regulate small-level free enterprises. "No shirt, no shoes, no service." "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone." These two phrases I've memorized because I have seen them all my life.
A sign that used to hang on the wall of Stubb's Bar-B-Q in Lubbock, Texas read, "There will be no bad talk or loud talk in this place."Who got to decide what was bad talk? Why Stubb did!
Now, I am thinking about small enterprises. There are precious few businesses I can think of that can remain immune to corporate take-overs. The Mom and Pop clothing stores? Gone. An independent grocery store? Not many. But restaurants? Oh, yeah, there will always be a place for creative folks in that realm.
Now, John McCain and especially, Jeff Flake are flat-out radical Republicans and Republicans have a knack at finding niches to shove their fascist ideas through.
Long story short?  I predict that small restaurants and other businesses - even if their owners are left-wing gay pacifists - will be forced to serve open-carried gun-toting yahoos based upon blanket anti-discrimination laws. Gays and lesbians have a history of hanging out in places where they felt welcome and their enemies rarely wanted to intrude, but the gun-nut lobby is in-your-face.
There is a sad history of Democrats not seeing the light, for instance on the long path that ended with the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling. Now when they frantically ask for my money, I think, 'you'll never raise enough private money to outspend the fascists.' The time to act is before these disasters happen. Republicans are proactive and Democrats are reactive.
Republicans are well on the way to passing laws that will allow motorized vehicles in wilderness areas. The wedge? Handicapped access. It's time for leaders to see ahead and outguess the Republicans. Democrats, as the other right-wing party, won't even be able to keep all the gay and lesbian voters. 

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