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Daily Signal calling for convention of the states to address tyranny

They specifically mention the IRS/DOJ tax-exempt scandal, the Wisconsin John Doe investigation, and Benghazi.

Daily SignalWhen a government becomes tyrannical, the people must hold them accountable while we still can.

As Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

It’s time we used the Constitution to save it.

I don't see any other way out. While these are perhaps poor examples -- it's difficult for a convention of the states to address determined abuses of process -- all three scandals are indicative of the attitude Washington, DC holds towards the people. DC is more interested in ruling the people than representing them. And the issues a convention of the states can more easily address, such as a balanced budget amendment and the implementation of term limits, can help those of us in real America bring DC back under our control.

Sat Jul 25 09:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama's latest gun control measure

It seems the latest gun control measure by the Obama administration is to put people who aren't capable of managing their own financial affairs on the list of prohibited persons. They have been doing this with veterans for years, targeting people who had an assigned fiduciary to manage their benefits, and it's slipped mostly under the radar. Now they are expanding it to people receiving social security benefits through a fiduciary as well. That's going to be a problem that hits several million people:

No Lawyers, only guns and moneyMany of you know that my day job is as a financial planner. If the criterion for being added to the NICS prohibited list is the inability to manage your own financial affairs, I have seen more people than I can count who would be on that list. I'm talking educated people - professionals. Many with advanced degrees and specialties. People with whom you would entrust your life if you were in the hospital yet who have debt out the ying-yang and are living paycheck to paycheck because they can't get a handle on their finances... What the hell are they thinking?

I can help explain what they are thinking, beyond the obvious. To Obama, these are just more names to add to a list. The bigger the list, the fewer people in America who have guns. But targeting social security recipients has a certain kind of cunning.

You see, these are mostly older people, and if they are on the fiduciary list they will be people who aren't able to fight to defend their own rights. That makes them easy targets. But they are also people who likely already have guns, and are likely to pass away in the near future. When they pass, something will happen to their guns; likely those guns will be passed down to their children, even if they sat unused in a safe for the last few years. If Obama can keep them from acquiring more guns, he can keep those guns from being passed down to their children. And I'm not exactly sure of this point, but if someone is on the NICS prohibited list to buy a gun, it would provide an excellent excuse to confiscate their existing guns.

The details of how that would happen are up in the air. I don't see police specifically going out to homes with fiduciaries and demanding to take their guns. But you can bet that any excuse that presents itself will be used.

If Obama's idea grows -- and the fact that it is being expanded from the VA to the Social Security Administration indicates that he's trying to grow it pretty aggressively behind the scenes -- then it could be a way to block the generational transfer of firearms, countering the nature of the modern firearm as being a durable tool passed with a sense of tradition from father to son to grandson.

Fri Jul 24 12:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Three Lone Wolves

Ace of Spades The Paris prosecutor's office says three young men arrested this week in a plot to attack a military base were in contact with an Islamic State group jihadi who told them to "strike in France.

... with no ties to terrorist groups.

Fri Jul 24 11:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

An argument for impeaching IRS Commissioner Koskinen

Liberty Law SiteImpeachment will punish the wrongdoing of officials in an entirely constitutional way. The accused person will have the spotlight on them and their acts will be exposed to the public. If they are removed from office, they will be in disgrace. Moreover, the media will find it much harder to ignore the issue, both because of the unusualness of an impeachment and because of the drama that it establishes. Impeachment will command the attention of the country in a way that simple oversight hearings do not.

Nor will the impeachment leave the White House unaffected. Once it becomes clear that officials may be impeached, their will be greater reluctance on the part of officials to engage in wrongdoing. Moreover, the impeachment may reveal information about wrongdoing by the White House.

An impeachment will provide the House with more power than simple oversight hearings. There is a strong argument that executive privilege will either not be available or will be much less available against an impeachment inquiry.

Koskinen has evidently lied to Congress, by omission if nothing else, on multiple occasions. His IRS has demonstrably destroyed records under Congressional subpoena, a matter which could and should have been prosecuted criminally. He has stalled and stonewalled the Congressional investigations into conduct for which his predecessor was forced to resign. For all of these things, he should by rights be impeached and removed from office.

But even if the House musters the courage to impeach, the chances the Senate will convict with a two-thirds majority are slim, and the impact of impeaching an official of a president in the final year of his term are minimal. At best, the spectacle will limit the ability of the IRS to influence the election. That may be worth it.

Fri Jul 24 10:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another terrorist attack in France

BreitbartThree deliberate, simultaneous explosions rocked a major petrochemical plant in France on Bastille Day, but as usual it is still ‘too early to talk about terrorism’.

They are at war with western civilization, whether we admit it or not.

Fri Jul 24 09:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Just to emphasize a point...

Washington ExaminerIncidentally, the new documents also show how later, in July 2013, Obama Justice Department officials requested access to documents before they were handed over to Congress as part of the investigation into this IRS wrongdoing.

Why does the DOJ need to see documents before Congress sees them? Remember, DOJ is complicit in the efforts to prosecute these nonprofits. If they were actually investigating on their own, they would make their own document requests. Since they want to piggyback on Congress, though, it's clear their role is not to investigate but to cover up. They can spin documents better if they know what Congress is going to see, and they can make sure to clean up any evidence before Congress can make new document requests. Like, say, magnetically erasing backup tapes when it becomes clear that the Inspector General is looking for them and found where they were stored. (Remember, those tapes were erased when the investigation was in full swing, long after the scandal broke).

Thu Jul 23 12:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Poor reasoning about global warming

So, there was a study published recently that suggested the sun might be heading into a new extended minimum around 2030 or so. The last time we had such a minimum, we gave it a name (the Maunder Minimum) and noticed that it coincided pretty closely with the Little Ice Age. So is a new ice age coming? Ars Technica's resident global warming idiot says no, and his reasoning is so poor it made my jaw drop.

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Thu Jul 23 11:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Wisconsin John Doe investigation halted

Decision in Wisconsin John Doe investigations via Legal InsurractionOur lengthy discussion of these three cases can be distilled into a few simple, but important, points. It is utterly clear that the special prosecutor has employed theories of law that do not exist in order to investigate citizens who were wholly innocent of any wrongdoing. In other words, the special prosecutor was the instigator of a “perfect storm” of wrongs that was visited upon the innocent Unnamed Movants and those who dared to associate with them. It is fortunate, indeed, for every other citizen of this great State who is interested in the protection of fundamental liberties that the special prosecutor chose as his targets innocent citizens who had both the will and the means to fight the unlimited resources of an unjust prosecution. Further, these brave individuals played a crucial role in presenting this court with an opportunity to re-endorse its commitment to upholding the fundamental right of each and every citizen to engage in lawful political activity and to do so free from the fear of the tyrannical retribution of arbitrary or capricious governmental prosecution. Let one point be clear: our conclusion today ends this unconstitutional John Doe investigation.

I'm going to take this moment to point out that the Wisconsin John Doe investigators were engaged in suppression of their political opponents, and that at least one of those investigators worked closely with Lois Lerner, who was engaged in similar activities at the IRS, and through her, the DOJ was also involved. We have reports that in some cases (eg, True the Vote), harassment by the federal government also came via multiple other agencies.

Thu Jul 23 10:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Moms Demand Action appears to be claiming a false Whataburger victory

I don't blame Whataburgher for having a long-standing policy against open carry of firearms inside their restaurants in Texas, because until this year, all open carry in Texas was pretty much either law enforcement (presumably allowed by the policy) or long guns. And who brings their rifle into a fast food restaurant? That's carrying your gun at people, as Tam would say.

As it turns out, Whataburger's policy allowed (and still allows) licensed concealed carry, and the Demanding Mommies probably had nothing to do with the decision -- which has been in place a long time and is not a reaction to the Texas open carry law.

So what should we take away from the Moms Demand Action publicists claiming a victory?

Well, first, that they are desperate for one.

Second, that they don't mind lying by implication.

And third... the sweet plastic scent of astroturf, as always.

Thu Jul 23 09:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Evidence shows IRS sought individual audits of donors to targeted organizations

Daily CallerBombshell new emails reveal that the Obama administration’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) used donor lists of nonprofit groups to target donors, and specifically vowed to target the conservative U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The emails, obtained by Judicial Watch, show that Obama’s IRS conspired to revive the “gift tax” — a tax on 501(c)(4) donors that had not been enforced since 1982 following a Supreme Court ruling that effectively invalidated it. Emails between IRS officials show that the agency referred to Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS while discussing how to enforce their new gift tax on donors.

You know, just yesterday I remember seeing some sort of article claiming that there was no evidence of Lerner's group initiating audits of their tea party targets. Now, we have this bombshell evidence of IRS efforts to target individual donors to political organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce. It's almost like someone in the administration is getting a look at what is about to be released so they can pre-spin it in the media!

UPDATE: And yes, Lerner was involved.

Thu Jul 23 07:14:38 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The opponents of communism are obviously mad and should be locked up

Mad In AmericaIn my career as a psychologist, I have talked with hundreds of people previously diagnosed by other professionals with oppositional defiant disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, anxiety disorder and other psychiatric illnesses, and I am struck by (1) how many of those diagnosed are essentially anti-authoritarians, and (2) how those professionals who have diagnosed them are not.

There's a lot of truth to this argument. Consider as just one example the case of Dinesh D'Souza:

Gateway PunditD’Souza’s defense counsel Benjamin Brafman provided evidence to the court that the psychiatrist D’Souza was ordered to see found no indication of depression or reason for medication. In addition, the psychologist D’Souza subsequently consulted provided a written statement concluding there was no need to continue the consultation, because D’Souza was psychologically normal and well adjusted.

But Judge Berman, who was appointed by Bill Clinton, disagreed, effectively overruling the judgment of the two licensed psychological counselors the U.S. probation department had approved as part of D’Souza’s criminal sentence.

The end game of this trend is involuntary commitment for political opponents. And if we are already at the mandatory, court-ordered psychological counseling stage, we aren't very far from that end game.

Wed Jul 22 12:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IRS meetings with FBI over targetted groups went on for 3 years

The basic information that the IRS met with the FBI seeking to find ways to persecute targeted groups is not news, but Judicial Watch continues to use the courts effectively to force out more documentation on those meetings. And it now appears that the two agencies engaged in numerous conversations on the topic over at least three years:

Patriot PostThe conversations that began at least in 2010 continued for three years. In fact, two days before Lerner “apologized” and outed the whole conspiracy, she wrote an email to the acting IRS commissioner’s chief of staff detailing ongoing discussions with DOJ officials.

Three years is not a casual thing, and it demonstrates without doubt a significant, ongoing program to target political opponents of the administration. Not to mention the Department of Justice's involvement in a scandal it is still pretending to investigate, something that would normally be considered a conflict of interest and result in the appointment of a special independent prosecutor. Instead, DOJ has kept the investigation in-house and run by a maxed-out Obama donor, while document production at the IRS is managed by one of the Obama appointees involved in the scandal.

Wed Jul 22 11:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Is the IRS ignoring a court deadline to turn over Lerner emails?

Fox NewsThe Internal Revenue Service is ignoring a court-imposed deadline to turn over newly found Lois Lerner email documents essential to investigations of the IRS tax-exempt scandal.

The way I read the situation, the IRS hasn't said anything, but it hasn't missed any deadlines -- yet.

Wed Jul 22 10:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Boehner admits to pushing amnesty against the will of the people

The HillThe House Speaker said he's been pushing immigration reform since he took the gavel four years ago, but the president has "poisoned the well" with his executive actions on the issue.

"He's stirred up the American people in such a way that it would almost be impossible to do immigration reform, given the environment that we're dealing with," Boehner said on CBS's "Face the Nation" program, which aired Sunday morning.

"I want to do immigration reform, and the president knows it."

If the American people do not want immigration reform and are of such strong minds on the topic, the Speaker of the House of Representatives should consider whether pushing for immigration reform anyway is actually representing the people.

Or simply step down, because he's not fooling anyone.

Wed Jul 22 09:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Oregon to allow state-funded sex change operations without parental consent

Legal InsurrectionWith transgender issues in the spotlight following the recent revelation by Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner, it’s unsurprising to learn that a state like Oregon would support state-subsidized sex change operations.

What is surprising to many, including to Oregon voters who did not get a chance to vote on this measure, is that these subsidized sex change operations are now available to 15-year-olds . . . without parental knowledge or consent.

Wow.

Can't we please limit the government handouts to medically necessary treatment for physical ailments involving life-threatening injuries? Because if we're on the hook for sex-change surgery for everyone who wants it, a lot of people in need of... say.... heart surgery won't get it.

Tue Jul 21 12:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

I almost welcome this effort

Legal InsurrectionIf the gun grabbers can’t repeal the Second Amendment or get laws passed to infringe on our right to bear arms, they’ll simply tax guns and ammo until we can no longer afford to buy guns or use the ones we have. At least that is their hope.

It is their hope, but it may also prove their undoing. If states pass onerous laws placing taxes on firearms and ammunition, *special* taxes analogous to a tax on typewriters or printing presses (rather than a general sales tax on everything), the courts may well find such taxes on material necessary for a protected and fundamental right to be unConstitutional.

If they do, the National Firearms Act regulatory scheme is suddenly in play, because the whole scheme is implemented as a tax.

On the other hand, the Supreme Court may not rule our way on the issue, since they don't seem inclined to expand Heller/McDonald further.

Tue Jul 21 11:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

No evidence of a cover-up, my ass

The Inspector General's report is being characterized as finding no evidence IRS employees told to destroy information. This is true... but misleading. What would need to be found in order to claim IRS employees had been told to destroy information?

You'd basically have to find am email saying "Hey, you know all those emails Congress is subpoenaing in that national controversy? Yeah, those. Delete them all." We already know Lerner was cagey about what she put in email -- and that's from email after her hard drive crash. Only a fool would put such an order in writing. Let's briefly summarize the evidence of a coverup that we do have.

1) Lerner's hard drive crashed on a weekend, shortly after Lerner was notified of a Congressional subpoena that would have required her to produce emails relating to the targeting.
2) Some 20 other people involved in the targeting had their email or computer records destroyed or lost.
3) Among the emails that were not lost were emails from Lerner warning her employees not to put sensitive information in email because it could be provided to Congress.
4) The backup tapes that would have held all of those lost emails were not just "lost" but actually destroyed, in violation of an order requiring they be preserved...
5) ... by the night shift...
6) ... just one month after the IRS realized some of Lerner's emails were missing, and before they informed Congress...
7) ... and the records of who accessed the building when those backup tapes were destroyed were also destroyed.
8) And the other conclusion of the IG's report, that no one at the IRS bothered looking for the backup tapes when working to produce evidence to Congress. Clearly, if they looked at the backup tapes, there was too much risk they might actually find evidence.

In light of that, I read the report as describing a successful coverup rather than an innocent series of unfortunate coincidences.

I'd convict based on that set of facts if a specific individual could be presented as responsible for the tape deletions. But we don't have a specific individual for that -- no evidence any orders were given -- because the evidence was destroyed. Unless someone talks, or we find more evidence somehow, we won't know who ordered those deletions and who carried them out. (Maybe someone though to have the backup tapes checked for fingerprints?)

However, given the evidence we do have, it's not a difficult inference to make that someone gave those orders. Probably verbally.

We just don't know who.

Tue Jul 21 10:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The thing about Trump that bugs me

Shall Not Be QuestionedThe federalist has a pretty good article making the case against The Donald. Jim Geraghty notes when you consider the full Republican base, he polls badly, and in a head-to-head matchup with Hillary, she creams him. So what is The Donald up to? If you want my opinion, he’s s stalking horse for the Clintons. If Trump manages to do decently enough, by saying outrageous things that channel the base’s anger, I’d bet money he’s going to Ross Perot whoever the eventual Republican nominee is. Even if he could only pull in 6% of the Republican vote, that’s probably enough to throw the election to Hillary.

He says a lot of things that sound great to the right. He says it without really trying not to offend people. His "campaign" is run more like a clown show, and the only thing it seems to accomplish is drawing attention away from real, viable candidates with a political resume and polish that might actually do well. I don't know for sure that he's a stalking horse for the Clintons, but he's donated to them and it matches his behavior quite well.

Trump is there to steal donations and media attention from serious candidates and associate the Republican party with statements that are offensive to key demographics while having just enough truth to make them difficult to disavow in a soundbite. And the need to disavow encourages the Republican field into infighting rather than focusing on issues and solidifying around a single good candidate.

Bottom line: Trump may be saying things that need to be said, but I don't trust his motives for saying them and I don't trust him in the Presidency. The other candidates need to take a long, hard look at what he's saying that's resonating, though. The people Trump is reaching out to don't feel like the other candidates are taking their issues seriously.

Tue Jul 21 09:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The biological need for a hierarchy remains

Joe HuffmanBut as Greenfield points out, to them it’s not about money, physical possessions, or quality of life. It’s about power and control. There are people that crave power. There are people that who are frightened if “someone isn’t in charge”... It is more difficult to understand those who are frightened if “someone isn’t in charge”. But keep in mind that at the end of the civil war there were slaves who were frightened by the prospect of freedom. Slavery was all they had ever known and they were frightened of freedom. Today we have people who crave a form of slavery because they see it as providing security.

There are a lot of people like that. Probably the majority of humanity. I have no doubt there are evolutionary reasons for this, yet a modern society can provide those things to some degree without also requiring a dictatorship. The biological need for a heirarchy remains, however.

Mon Jul 20 12:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Republicans have chosen the form of their Destructor

Washington Post via Legal Insurrection The Obama administration has begun a profound shift in its enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws, aiming to hasten the integration of long-term illegal immigrants into society rather than targeting them for deportation, according to documents and federal officials.

In recent months, the Department of Homeland Security has taken steps to ensure that the majority of the United States’ 11.3 million undocumented immigrants can stay in this country, with agents narrowing enforcement efforts to three groups of illegal migrants: convicted criminals, terrorism threats or those who recently crossed the border.

While public attention has been focused on the court fight over President Obama’s highly publicized executive action on immigration, DHS has with little fanfare been training thousands of immigration agents nationwide to carry out new policies on everyday enforcement.

He can do this for another year and a half before there's an election to put someone else in place. You can bet a President Hillary will continue those policies. Among the Republican field, almost no one seems willing to denounce those policies openly -- with the exceptions being Cruz and Trump, the latter of which is polling quite well despite the odds of him being a serious candidate being quite low.

It is becoming increasingly obvious that the Republican party has no interest in representing the will of their voters. If so, they have chosen the form of their Destructor, and his name is Trump. (Any resemblance to the form of prior Destructors is purely coincidental).

Mon Jul 20 11:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Violence Policy Center pushing same old lies

The HillA new study attempts to debunk the claim that gun owners rely on their firearms for self-defense.

The left-leaning Violence Policy Center released a study Wednesday that finds people are much more likely to use a gun to kill someone without cause than to protect themselves.

According to the study, gun owners committed 259 justifiable homicides compared to 8,342 criminal homicides in 2012, the most recent year data was available.

It's a "new" study with an old trick -- pretending that using a gun for self defense doesn't count unless you killed someone.

If you show them the gun and they run away, it doesn't count.

If you shout "I have a gun!" and they run away, it doesn't count.

If you fire a warning shot (bad idea, but...) and they run away, it doesn't count.

if you fire a shot and hit your attacker and they stop attacking you but don't die, it doesn't count.

Oh, and about that whole "new study" bit.

This isn't new. They had it on the shelf waiting for the next mass shooting.

The murderer that prompted this new push for gun control appears to be a drug addict who was given a gun as a gift by his father.

Mon Jul 20 10:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FOIA releases being controlled (and squelched) by political appointees

National ReviewWhat exactly “sensitive review” involved at each agency is unclear, but the Department of Homeland Security’s processes have been revealed in the most detail. There, the role of political appointees, which began in July of 2009, eventually became the subject of a House Oversight Committee investigation in 2011. At DHS, career employees were required to provide then-secretary Janet Napolitano’s staff with information about the people requesting records under FOIA. That included information about where they worked, where they lived, and what organizations they worked for. As at the Treasury Department, every request filed by a member of the media was subject to this sort of review.

The Oversight Committee’s investigation concluded that Napolitano’s then-chief of staff, Noah Kroloff, had greenlighted a process by which political staffers had to clear all significant FOIA requests before career staffers could issue a response.

The whole point of FOIA was to make it possible for the public to access information about what government, and politicians, were up to without the politicians keeping secrets and filtering information unless absolutely necessary. But, as with all such things, eventually the political class corrupts the process, necessitating a period of reform.

Still waiting for the reform to start.

Mon Jul 20 09:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

UN to vote on Iran nuclear treaty before Congress

US NewsThe U.N. Security Council scheduled a vote for first thing Monday morning on a resolution endorsing the Iran nuclear deal. The resolution was circulated to council members Wednesday by the United States. Members were also briefed by both Iran and the other countries that negotiated the landmark agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program.

Between the UN vote and the Corker-Menendez end-run around the treaty clause of the Constitution, Obama is clearly trying to get this deal in place by bypassing Senate review entirely. Since the GOP already surrendered, he's likely to succeed. Remember, Republicans prepared for this deal months ago...

Legal InsurrectionStill, Republicans in Congress have been preparing for this moment, and are coming out in waves against the deal. House Speaker John Boehner revealed today that he believes the agreement will not only provide excessive sanctions relief, but pave the way for Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon. Still, he and his staff are actually reading through the deal for confirmation that it is indeed as bad as everyone thinks it is, so look for specific attacks coming from the House caucus.

... when they voted to surrender the treaty power of the Senate and switch a two-thirds majority vote requirement to ratify the treatment for a two-thirds majority vote requirement to override an Obama veto of legislation blocking it.

Bear that preparation in mind when you are evaluating the Republican outrage today.

Mon Jul 20 09:01:42 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A compromise in our favor

We got Constitutional Carry in Maine, but the New Hampshire legislation was vetoed.

We still come out +1, and we can always come back and try again later.

Sun Jul 19 12:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Senator Tammy Baldwin doesn't believe in individual First Amendment rights

MediatrackerSen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) says the 1st Amendment’s religious liberty protections don’t apply to individuals. On MSNBC last week, Wisconsin’s junior Senator claimed that the Constitution’s protection of the free exercise of religion extends only to religious institutions, and that individual’s do not have a right to the free exercise of their own religion.

Sometimes politicians say things that are simultaneously so stupid, and so inexcusably wrong, that they should really be expelled from public office in shame and barred from ever seeking such office in the future. Since we don't really have any way of doing that offcially, the next best thing is to post those statements publicly on the internet where anyone can find them easier. Hopefully, with time, the same result will be achieved.

In this case, our subject is Senator Tammy Baldwin, who said:
Mediatracker “Certainly the First Amendment says that in institutions of faith that there is absolute power to, you know, to observe deeply held religious beliefs. But I don’t think it extends far beyond that. . . . [I]n this context, they’re talking about expanding this far beyond our churches and synagogues to businesses and individuals across this country. I think there are clear limits that have been set in other contexts and we ought to abide by those in this new context across America.”

Running a business does not mean you must give up the free exercise of your religion, or that you must serve every potential customer who makes inquiries. Perhaps, arguably, those policies concerning race were necessary to heal the rift of slavery. They are not necessary now. It is much easier and more respectful to simply call the next bakery with your request for a gay wedding cake.

But that is just the immediate issue. Tammy Baldwin's assertion here would deny all first amendment rights to individuals, essentially rendering the whole amendment meaningless. If someone can be compelled to participate in a gay wedding, they can be compelled to participate in a Catholic Mass... or a Satanic Black Mass. Once free exercise of religion goes out the window, anything is fair game.

Sun Jul 19 11:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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