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.
The sentiment seems so obvious yet an arbitrary distinction was created between economic rights and so-called civil rights sometime during the last century by an ideological shift on the courts. How and why it occurred is the question ( Was FDR's court packing threat the first step in the process?). The progressive zeitgeist may have had something to do with codifying what is patently inconsistent with basic, historical principles. But we're stuck with it. It may be as easliy corrected as it was so mindlessly put in place. One can hope.
Tell us, Tom C, how this can be "easily corrected?" We would have to work through the courts, and they have been radically changed in the past 50 years, and they move with the speed of glaciers melting.