We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I dispute that. Democrats have paid no price for their racist past (and I would contend - present). For example, the recent fracas over the Confederate flag in South Carolina was portrayed in political circles as a problem for Republicans when a Democrat put it up in the first place to protest civil rights legislation.
Also, I would say, the IRS seemed to pretty successfully target a political affiliation while one of the key players is living off her generous pension.
mudbug: Democrats have paid no price for their racist past (and I would contend - present).
Not sure what that has to do with the point raised. In any case, the Democrats paid a price because it sundered their party. The civil rights movement resulted in a generational shift, with blacks moving to the Democratic Party, and southern whites moving to the Republican Party.
mudbug: the recent fracas over the Confederate flag in South Carolina was portrayed in political circles as a problem for Republicans when a Democrat put it up in the first place to protest civil rights legislation.
That's because it was primarily Republicans who objected to removing the flag.
You can't force someone to do something against their will, unless of course they are Christian or conservative or even worse a Christian conservative male. To even ask a non-Christian, a liberal or a woman to make a cake they don't want to make is a hate crime. But if you are a Christian conservative male and a liberal/non-Christian/woman demands you do something it is a hate crime to refuse.
Conflicts like the bakery incident to which this rhetorical question alludes are never about the thing, the primary cause of the conflict. The conflicts are about power and control.
Cake? Really, cake? Not baby murderers or drug dealers or lone-wolf gunmen or rednecks or Monkey People or nuclear destruction. Nope. Cakes.
"There is simply no room left for 'freedom from the tyranny of government' since city dwellers depend on it for food, power, water, transportation, protection, and welfare.
Your right to live where you want, with companions of your choosing, under laws to which you agree, died in the eighteenth century.
Only a miracle or a disaster could restore it."
These laws are only applied against believing Christians. A litmus test to ferret them out. Soon we will have mandatory "sensitivity training classes" at work where you will be expected to affirm in writing that you approve of homosexuality and gay marriage, and if you don't, you will be fired for homophobia. Unfortunately, Romans 1:32 says Christians cannot sign that affirmation.
Obama has already said this is coming: "Shift in hearts and minds is possible. And those who have come so far on their journey to equality have a responsibility to reach back and help others join them . . . ."
Businesses can refuse to have customers who carry a gun - constitutional right. but businesses can not refuse (based on a religious conscientious objection, a constitutional right) a customer's request.
The Supreme Court, knowing there are conflicting rights in the Gay rights issue, made a sorry-assed decision. They should have spelled out the conflicts and the solutions in their decision. Or directed congress to do so before their decision takes effect.