Written by Steve Cannon for USSANews.com.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, President Trump’s Press Secretary, was politely booted from an area restaurant known as, The Red Hen. The owner, Stephanie Wilkinson, is a liberal democrat and nicely asked her to leave because of her political affiliation. Ms. Sanders complied. So what went wrong? On the surface, nothing. But let’s dig a little deeper.
In my opinion, every business owner should have the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason, and this particular incident is no different. That said, be careful who you do refuse service to lest it come back to bite you. Refuse too many people, or the wrong person, and your business will soon die. This is what’s called, “the free market.” Of course, the internet had a field day bashing The Red Hen on Yelp, but that’s to be expected. Do you see what’s missing yet?
Masterpiece Bakery (among others) wanted to refuse service to an engaged gay couple based on their religious beliefs, but was essentially forced to bake the cake or be fined $130,000. Should The Red Hen be forced to serve conservatives? Number Both businesses should serve, or not serve, whomever they want.
The point is you cannot have it both ways. The liberals celebrate business owners who deny service to a conservative (The Red Hen) while excoriating other business owners (Masterpiece Bakery) who deny service to people the liberals side with. This is the very definition of, hypocrite.
The gay couple could have easily found another baker for their cake, just like Ms. Sanders found another restaurant willing to serve her dinner. But everyone is now addicted to outrage, and for no good reason.
Rights are not defined by businesses, governments, courts, or other people…they are God-given. You have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That’s pretty much it. Following is The Bill of Rights for American Citizens, in case you don’t know them. Trust me, there’s nothing about a gay wedding cake or restaurant dining in there.
The Bill of Rights
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people