Tuesday, March 11, 2014

That’s what nondiscrimination laws are—involuntary servitude laws; 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Democrats are still fighting for involuntary servitude and the party of Lincoln is still fighting against it

The Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) … which would ban discrimination based on the amorphous and ill-defined concepts of sexual orientation and gender identity, has long been the dream of the rainbow crowd 
writes Benny Huang as he accuses Arizona Governor Jan Brewer of acting in a moment of extreme cowardice. ("Nondiscrimination laws are handy for one purpose, however, and that’s for demonstrating that liberals’ hypocrisy is as limitless as the heavens. Arguing in bad faith has become second nature to them because every goal they’ve ever achieved has been accomplished by a sustained campaign of lying.")
ENDA is toast. For now.

Thank goodness for that. Government imposing nondiscrimination laws on supposedly sovereign citizens and their enterprises is silly at the very least, and usually a violation of constitutional rights.

Every economic transaction has two ends—a buyer and a seller. Both ends of the transaction should be completely voluntary. Employment is an economic transaction like any other, with the employee selling his labor to the employer at an agreed upon price. Employees and employers have to reach a mutually acceptable agreement. The government should never mandate that citizens engage in economic transactions against their will.

In the absence of a contract, employers should have free reign to fire or not hire whomever they want, just as employees have the ability to quit or not take any job that they want.

Unfortunately, this issue is clouded by a number of very emotional issues, to include racism, though it doesn’t have to be that way. Nondiscrimination laws are about the ability of free people to make decisions without the crushing power of government hanging over their heads. The issue doesn’t boil down to being “pro-discrimination” or “anti-discrimination.” It’s about freedom.

The usual rebuttal to my argument is that it represents a giant step backward to the bad old days of Jim Crow. Such historical ignorance abounds. Jim Crow laws didn’t permit discrimination, they mandated it. People in the segregated South were not free to serve whomever they wanted. They were compelled by law to serve one race or another, and always in separate sections. In any case, it’s more than a little far-fetched that a business, in this day and age, would refuse to serve black customers. If any business did, the proper response would be to exercise some much deserved public shaming by means of a boycott, not to run to the government and force the business owner into involuntary servitude.

That’s what nondiscrimination laws are—involuntary servitude laws. Take, for example, the case of Elaine Huguenin, a devoutly Christian photographer in New Mexico. In 2006, a lesbian couple approached her to photograph their commitment ceremony. Huguenin, thinking that she had the ability as an independent businesswoman to decline a contract, told them no. Silly woman thought this was a free country. One of the two lesbians filed a complaint with New Mexico’s Human Rights Commission, a misnomer if ever there was one. After years of fighting in court, the photographer was forced to pay the woman $7,000 in damages.

Here’s what Huguenin should have done. She should have accepted the contract, then arrived wearing leg irons and an orange jumpsuit. The message would have been clear—you have made me your prisoner. Mrs. Huguenin did not want to serve this couple, so the couple appealed to the government to force her to serve them. By definition, that is involuntary servitude, which is prohibited by the Thirteenth Amendment’s Section One. “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

One hundred and fifty years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Democrats are still fighting for involuntary servitude and the party of Lincoln is still fighting against it. Some things never change.

 … Private sector nondiscrimination laws have no place in a free society. By their very nature they compel people to engage in economic transactions against their will. Be on guard against ENDA and any other law that forces one person to do business with another. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
Check out Benny's look "at some of the disingenuous phrases that liberals spout" (“You can’t impose your morals on others”, “Don’t judge”, “Tolerance”…)