Lost in this week’s seemingly endless stories involving the likes of Al Franken and Roy Moore was news about the Federal Supreme Court taking up the case of a gay couple suing for discrimination against a Colorado cake baker who refused to make a specific custom wedding cake for the couple because it went against his personal religious beliefs. This case is sure to be a long and drawn out one that will surely draw the interest of many in this country. And the decision could have major ramifications in the war of the religious right versus the LGBT community for years to come. Stay tuned folks, this could get very interesting!
On June 26th, 2015, same-sex marriage became the law of the land here in the United States. Many supporters of same-sex marriage celebrated this ruling by the Federal Supreme Court as a historic win and a major step by the American people for acceptance towards homosexuality. Little do they know that there are a large but silent group of religious people who are deeply opposed to same-sex marriage and homosexuality. It goes against there deep-seated religious beliefs. The baker in this case is just one of many people who is fighting for the right to express their religious convictions against what they believe is wrong and immoral. There are perhaps thousands of others who own small businesses that pertain to weddings and they are now put in a position to have to go against their beliefs. Whenever you involve morality in any dispute, you are bound to have a very high-charged case. For instance, is it really fair for a Christian elderly couple who has been wedding cakes for years to suddenly be forced to serve a gay couple who are planning on getting married?
I fully understand the position of many gay couples in this country as well. I can understand why they would feel like second class citizens if they got turned down. Somehow that does not seem right in this country either. Whether you agree or not with gay marriage, you have to agree that people of the LGBT community have certain rights and you could argue that being denied service at any business is a serious infringement on their rights.
As callous as this may sound, I do not believe businesses should be forced to serve anyone they please. I know, there are many anti-discrimination laws out there, but if a businesses refuses to serve someone, it is their loss in more ways than just a monetary loss. They will soon develop a horrible reputation by many people. In this day and age of social media, word travels like wildfire. If I were a member of a gay couple who just got turned , I would just walk away and spend my money somewhere else. And at the same time. I would make sure this business got a very negative review. A business owner should be able to serve anyone they see fit to serve. They are risking their reputation by doing so. Obviously, this couple could have easily gone somewhere else and requested a custom-made cake, but like many in these type of stories, the agenda is what is more important.
I know the Supreme Court has a very difficult decision to make in this case. But somehow forcing your rights as a citizen against the moral rights of another citizen just does not seem right. If the gay couple wins this case, what is the next? What is stopping a gay couple from suing a pastor or a church for refusing to perform a same-sex wedding? I hope the justices on the Supreme Court understand the slippery slope we are headed down in regards to gay rights. Religious freedom is a basic right in this country and should apply to the business world as well. If someone feels as though they are being discriminated against because someone else is exercising their first amendment rights and religious rights, then that person is acting rather selfishly. I think this is happening in this case and others around the country. Is there a way where people can compromise and respect the rights of others? Perhaps that might mean visiting another baker.
It finally happened! After weeks of allegations, Senator Al Franken finally announced his resignation for the Senate last Thursday. Like many liberals tend to do, Senator Franken was far less than apologetic for his actions, instead shifting the topic of his sexual harassment claims to the supposedly alleged wrongdoings of the President. Yes poor old Al, you got royally screwed and the reaction from his resignation indicates he really got royally screwed even to the point of being a so-called martyr of the Democratic party.
As many of you can probably guess from some of my previous posts, I am not really the biggest fan of Senator Franken even though he hails from my home state of Minnesota. He was very lucky and fortunate to have won the Senate seat. I view him as nothing more than a grand standing politician who is nothing more than your typical liberal supporter of bad policies for the country. But having said that, I must say that Franken was forced out of office in a very unethical like way. Who are people trying to kid? This was a purely political move and nobody can convince me otherwise. Franken richly deserved a full-fledged investigation into his actions and did not receive it. A group of several congressional women pretty much decided his fate and that is rather unfortunate.
I find it rather interesting that shortly after his announcement last week, Democrats came out in groves boasting on how their party adhered to the moral high ground and Republicans in contrast do not. In just a few days, a Republican, who himself has been the subject of a very high publicized sexual allegation, will more than likely be winning a vacated Senate seat. Democrats are seizing on that opportunity as way of showing people that they deal with allegations against their members in a much better way. Does anyone see the irony of Franken’s resignation and the timing so close to this special election? I certainly do! This is just a political game, pure and simple and Franken had to be the fall guy.
The next time some Democrat gets on their high horse talking about how their party is the moral superior to the Republican party, maybe you should remind them of a fellow named Bill Clinton. Or maybe Ted Kennedy. Funny how the same people, who were defending Clinton several years ago, are talking about how their party is the champion in dealing with unethical behavior. Al Franken was a victim of his own party and was forced out to gain political points. You could say that he is the great political martyr of 2017.
In the early 1960’s a young president named John F. Kennedy had a dilemma on his hands. The economy was growing at a snail’s pace and pressure was mounting on his administration to do something for the American people. President Kennedy came up with a solution that brought him some mocking and ridicule. He decided to cut the tax rate for corporations and individuals substantially. Many questioned how were we going to pay for the sudden drop in tax revenue. Suddenly after dropping rates, the economy took off like few generations have ever seen. Economic growth took off and those tax rate decreases more than paid for themselves. A booming economy generates lots of tax revenue because more people are working and working at higher paying jobs. In addition, more consumers are spending more money. It was a brilliant idea which was equally surprising that a Democrat politician would actually want to cut taxes.
President Ronald Reagan followed the same plan in the 1980’s with the same results, we had an unprecedented period of economic growth in this country. The GDP had growth rates seldom seen in this country. On the flip side, some presidents such as Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter had a notion that taxing high wage earners was the answer and the results speak for themselves. The GDP never exceeded more than 3 percent during the reign of the Obama administration. The Federal government collected lots of tax revenue during his time in office, but the country’s debt more than doubled. The economy sputtered along like an old car battery in the winter. So do you get my point? There is a history in this country that cutting taxes on everyone, especially those high wages earners who create jobs and invest in companies is a proven way of creating good economic growth. Raising taxes and increasing burdensome regulations produces just the opposite results. Why all politicians do not understand this is puzzling to me! I think many are hung up in this class warfare thing of punishing rich people. History more than proves my point that cutting taxes and having reasonable spending policies is the best and sustainable way of producing long-term economic growth.
It is encouraging to see members of the House and Senate come together with tax reform bills that this country desperately needs. I fully realize that these bills do not suit everyone and are not perfect in every way. Funny how some Democrats were crying about not being able to read the bill when they themselves quickly passed Obamacare! These bills follow the same principles that Kennedy and Reagan put together and are proven ways of helping the economy. Why would anyone go against a proven way of way of economic growth?
Economic growth has really started to pick up in this country in the last year. We had 2 consecutive quarters of over 3 percent GDP growth for the first time in nearly a decade. Consumer confidence is at an all-time high. Unemployment is at its lowest in nearly 15-20 years. As just some working class stiff in this country, I feel very optimistic about the economic future of this country and hopefully members of both the House and Senate can come together with a new tax reform bill that will make the United States a booming economic country for many years to come. It is nice that a few politicians actually have some basic understanding of economics.
The barrage of sexual abuse allegations against many high-profile celebrities and politicians have dominated the headlines in recent weeks and most of the stories have tried to uncover what really went on between the accusers and the individuals being accused. I get it, people want to know in great detail, all the graphic actions that took or supposedly took place. Those details help sell newspapers or garner higher ratings. But did you ever stop and think about the impact these allegations have on the accused wives and families. Imagine how they must feel at this time? If we are going to start having a much-needed conversation about sexual harassment and abuse in this country, then we also need to start talking about how improper it is for married men to conduct these types of acts.
Take for example Matt Lauer and Al Franken. Both guys are married men. Imagine how the wife of Al Franken feels about these allegations against her husband. It is not unreasonable to assume that she saw the pictures of him grabbing the breasts of a beautiful woman while she was sleeping. You have to wonder what is going through the mind of Franken’s longtime wife at this time. As these allegations against him continue to mount, I wonder if she is having thoughts of leaving him. Lauer is a well-known womanizing and it is be shocking if his wife still stayed with him after all of this settles down. Why would any woman in their own right mind want to stay married to some man who cheats on them like these two men just did?
It was just a short while ago when Vice President Mike Pence made a statement that brought him some ridicule. VP Pence said that he would never go out to dinner or be alone with another woman outside of his wife. Pence was mocked by many members of the media and on social media for being an old-fashioned fuddy duddy. Wouldn’t it be nice if more married people followed his words and tried to show some restraint and good judgement in dealing with members of the opposite sex?
Sexual infidelity is a growing major problem in this country. It damages and breaks up so many homes and greatly affects so many children. Our new modern-day culture seems to brush this topic aside as men just being men. This line of thinking is absurd and extremely concerning. A real man treats his bride and other women with respect. These men who show predatory uncontrolled sexual urges need to step away and get some help. Maybe all of these allegations will help many troubled men realize that a sudden uncontrolled urge may force them to lose everything in their lives. It is not worth losing your life and career over.