by baldilocks

Don’t call it a comeback

The latest in political delineation news is that White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was refused service at Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington, Virginia. Sanders merely reported it and said that she and her family complied and left.

And this is fair. As Peter pointed out, restaurants and other businesses claim that they have the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason. But we all know that this not the truth. Pizza parlors and bakeries have been legally driven out of business for refusing to do business with potential customers for various reasons, mostly involving Christianity and same-sex marriage.

Recall what I said about this a few years back while commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Bottom line: I don’t think segregation of any type should be outlawed for privately owned businesses; nor should integration be forced.

This applies to race, but a business owner should also be able to refuse to serve those whose politics, person or breath he/she doesn’t like. I suspect that Sanders thinks this way, too.

And, of course, private citizens are already pranking the place: calling in reservations and not showing up. Silliness.

More silliness: the resultant Yelp review battles.

Some are blaming this on Sanders for even mentioning the incident; for “targeting” the business.

Please. The employee who turned Sanders away targeted the business herself, not to mention targeting other unaffiliated Red Hen restaurants whose owners are now having to disavow Red Hen Lexington. Did the RHL employee expect one of the most visible women in the country to keep the snub to herself?

So it is that Democrats are bringing back their old friend, restaurant segregation.

Are these the new old rules?

However, this is actually how freedom is supposed to work: a business owner is free to refuse service to anyone – including conservatives, women, blacks, homosexuals, and Trump employees — and, after discovering a business’s preference, the rest of us are free to steer clear of that business. Or to give it our money. Or open up a competing business across the street with different rules of service.

And now that we are once again reminded that some business owners do not want the business of conservatives/Republicans in general and Trump supporters/employees in particular, each one of us should decide to act accordingly.

They’re free to choose. So are you.

And to remember.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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Amidst all the news about the military housing children illegally entering the country (because somehow that relates to fighting our nation’s wars??), the story about the abrupt resignation of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON), the most senior enlisted leader in the Navy, seems to have received little press coverage. But it’s a big deal. He was under IG investigation for having a toxic work environment, and the resignation is seen by many as acknowledging that the charges are at least partially true. We now have a vacant MCPON seat, the first time in the positions 50+ year history.

Should we even bother filling it?

Continue reading “Why exactly do we have a MCPON?”

“Mr. President, if we understand you correctly, you think that we of the Confederacy have committed treason; that we are traitors to your government, that we have forfeited our rights and are proper subjects for the hangman. Is that not about what your words imply?”

There was a pause while they waited for Lincoln’s answer, and presently he gave it.

“Yes” he said. “You have stated the proposition better than I did. That is about the size of it.”

Shelby Foote The Civil War a Narrative Red River to Appomattox Page 777

Yesterday’s news of mobs harassing a government official at home and of a business refusing to serve Trump supporters brought to mind a pair of last month’s pieces, one on Israel and one about the left’s comments on that NYT piece on the necessary of not treating conservatives like asses in order to win some votes, there is one that unpleasant fact needs to be said out loud.

The is a growing faction in the modern left would very much like to violently suppress us, they wish that the cultural revolution could happen here and voices that violate their safe spaces could be permanently silenced. I believe they would happily hold us responsible for our own extermination just as they blame Israelis for failing to allow themselves to be killed by the Arabs in Gaza and roundly blamed Pam Geller and Robert Spencer for the terror attack in Garland targeting them for death.

The only reason why they can’t and the reason they can’t is the 2nd Amendment. You can’t exterminate an armed populace unless you are willing to die and while the abandonment of Christianity and disbelief in hell makes justifying mass murder easier, the abandonment of the belief in an afterlife also disincentives being willing to die to kill an enemy.

A generation ago such member of the left were the fringe of the fringe, now they are an integral part of the Democrat party

Any conservative who willingly disarms himself is a fool.

The real Irony? Twelve Years ago before I was blogging here I wrote a long letter to Instapundit concerning Hadita that Glenn put up at a post, it concluded thus

The real danger is that we who support the war will reach the point that we say “we might as well be taken as wolves then as sheep”. At that point the left can celebrate that they have made our military and those who support it the people they claim we are. Once that happens however any compunction about respecting them will be gone, and remember one side is armed and one is not.

That is a fate that I don’t wish on any of us.

In twelve years the left has gone from demonizing our military and those who support it to demonizing conservatives, Christians and any person who has a different opinion, in short the average american. This is preciously what I warned against and is why I’ve gone from warning the left about the dangers of demonizing us to suggesting that we arm ourselves against them.

I foresee a day where a leftist mechanic “accidentally” fail to fix a conservative customer’s brake line, a leftist paramedic failing to give the proper treatment to a person in a Trump 2020 tee shirt and a leftist surgeon letting a Trump voter die on the operating table all on the grounds that they are “Nazi’s” and thus deserving of their fate, and once people on the right decide that this is a possibility then the glue that keeps this country from a violent confrontation will be wear away very quickly.

On the bright side not only is there still time to reverse this trend, but the Stacy McCain/ Amanda Marcotte Math suggests that the problem might solve itself in a generation or two, if we can last that long.

Update: That didn’t take long to prove my point:

In one respect this was a better result than the folks at that place serving her. I for one would not trust them cooking food for me and mine.

Update 2: Does nobody get this point?