Big government is bad whether my side is in charge or the other guys are.
We as conservatives should try not to use the government as a sledgehammer to force people to do what we want like Democrats do. They want us to stay home and close our restaurants; they use the government, and threats to take away liquor licenses to strong arm those restaurants. They want a baker or a florist to participate in a same-sex wedding; they use government threats and fines to force them to go against their religious beliefs. They want “free” healthcare, college, or whatever else they think they can promise for votes; they use the government to confiscate money from people to pay for it.
Conservatives should not become authoritarian tyrants like those on the left. We should be true to our principles and keep the government out of people’s lives as much as possible. Instead of wielding government power to get our way, I suggest we use imaginative free market ways to fight for our side when we can. I have a few suggestions.
1. This is an idea for Christians who still want to work in the wedding industry. Bakers, florists and musicians have been targeted by bullies who cannot tolerate anyone who does not agree with them or does not do exactly what they want. The most publicized of these instances was Jack Phillips, the baker in Colorado who politely declined to make a cake for a same-sex wedding because of religious convictions. In true leftist fashion, the couple ran to the government to compel Phillips to bake cakes for same-sex weddings. He had to fight the government all the way up to the Supreme Court where, fortunately, he prevailed.
There are certainly times to fight in court and I am thrilled that Jack Phillips was victorious, but my solution would keep the government out of it and instead use the freedom to choose. I suggest simply putting in place a policy that says this:
“A percentage of the profits from all same-sex weddings will be donated in the name of the couple to charity. They may choose between Alliance Defending Freedom, Family Research Council, or Focus on the Family.”
2. The loss of liberty we have experienced in 2020 is unprecedented in the United States. The government has locked us in our homes, taken our jobs, closed our businesses, cancelled our sports and entertainment, and even stopped us from seeing a friendly smile to brighten our day.
This is a very urgent fight right now, and it has to be done through the free market in places like California because big government Democrats control every part of the government. The method of attack is pretty clear. Businesses have to fight the government every step of the way and we, the customers, have to support them by frequenting the places that are fighting. In fact, in May I started a fundraiser through my blog for people to donate to businesses that opened up against the lockdown orders. Last week my friends and I went down and presented a check to Jeff Gourley, the owner of Nomads Canteen, which was the first restaurant in Orange County to open up back in May. If you want to donate, click here and we will give it to another deserving business who is standing up for our freedom.
3. When Colin Kaepernick started slandering our police as racists who go to work looking for black people to murder and NFL players all around the league jumped on board with that lie I anticipated a problem. How was I going to show my disapproval? The obvious answer was to stop watching NFL games, but I dismissed that solution because I could see it leading to quite a moral dilemma for me down the road. You see, consistency is very important to me. I could handle boycotting the NFL because football is not one of my top priorities, but baseball is my life, and what would I do when some brain-dead baseball player decided to kneel during the national anthem?
Then it came to me. It was such a brilliant alternative that I think we should try to make it a movement. These kneeling players wanted to make a difference, so I thought of a way to let them know that they did. I vowed on social media that for every cop hating player who kneels for the anthem I will donate $1 in their name to President Trump’s re-election campaign fund. Today I am fulfilling that promise by donating $212 to President Trump’s campaign. It took some research but the best lists I found showed 211 NFL players who joined in on the anthem protests. I intend to tweet every player that I can find to let them know about their contribution.
Oh yeah. You might be wondering about that extra dollar. It is for Bruce Maxwell, the only Major League Baseball player who knelt during the national anthem. He is no longer in the league, not because of his protest, but because he might have trouble hitting off of some of the Little Leaguers I train.