The U.S., being a government and therefore illegitimate, has nothing but illegitimate laws, one of which is the public accommodation law (42 U.S. Code § 2000a – Prohibition against discrimination or segregation in places of public accommodation). It reads in its section (a): “All persons shall be entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation, as defined in this section, without discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion, or national origin.”
When Stephanie Wilkinson, the owner of the Red Hen restaurant, ejected Sarah Sanders, the White House Press Secretary, she violated at least the spirit of this statute. This was an anti-Trump action coming from the Left. A clever lawyer might find a basis under equal protection of the laws or other arguments supporting anti-discrimination to argue that even a violation of the substance of such rules was violated. Under existing law, it is within an owner’s rights to deny service to someone who is dressed improperly, drunk, rowdy, dirty or messing with other patrons. But if it is allowable to deny service because of what a customer thinks or does for a living, these being unrelated to the service offered and to be exchanged, then how is one to square that with being forbidden to deny service on the basis of other personal characteristics like race, color, religion and national origin that also are unrelated to the service offered?
Be these legal niceties as they may, Maxine Waters speaks for the Left as one of their leaders. Maxine gets a 90% social liberal rating from the ADA; and she gets a 96-98% progressive score, so it’s safe to say she stands tall among Leftists. Maxine Waters wants to see even more of this spurning of anyone in the Trump administration.
Maxine represents the Left. From the Left, the decline in civility, in language, and in argumentation has been shocking. The rise in hatred and anger concerning Trump and his policies has been extraordinary ever since Trump assumed office.
If we were to collect in one place all of the exceedingly hostile anti-Trump remarks emanating from celebrities, Peter Fonda, Robert De Niro and Kathy Griffin being examples, we would find a hundred or more, these too coming from the Left. They spur on violence. All that remains is outright leftist violence, and that’s on the horizon.
Refusing to serve Sanders goes against the spirit of a law that Leftists have previously revered. Leftists have not suddenly realized that libertarians are correct in being against the public accommodation law. They have not suddenly realized that this law violates private property rights. They have not suddenly become champions of freedom.
Maxine, to her credit, voted against the Iraq War. Now her interest is in regaining power in the White House. Now she reviles Trump because his agenda goes directly against her agenda, so much so that she is going against a cherished focal point of her own anti-discrimination position. By all means, discriminate against these heinous Trumpites, she is urging. She is willing to sacrifice her self-professed moral standard of non-discrimination embodied in law. For what? To hound Trump from office? To weaken his power? Is her support of harassment consistent with the democracy she herself supports? Why would Maxine urge people on to harass Trump officials? Is harassment an appropriate democratic method according to Leftist standards?
Violating the public accommodation law, in spirit or substance, is itself relatively minor, although Maxine wants to see such violations broadened and deepened. Its broader meaning and symbolism is more important. What it implies is more important. Maxine Waters urges the abandonment of the supposed democratic ideal of debate in the public arena followed by elections. The “resistance” of Maxine Waters means the disintegration of common courtesy and culture into confusion and chaos. It means that elections are not the only thing that count in gaining and wielding power. Extra-legal methods count. Ultimately, it means that violence in many forms will count. Democracy leaves rules behind and descends into power struggles. The behavior of FBI officials in the last election was a covert example. Maxine should not be surprised if someone assaults the person and property of Trump officials, burns swastikas on their lawns, tosses dead animals in their cars, befouls their water, sends them bombs and poisons, or paints their buildings with graffiti. There are many ways to harass people. That’s what she is calling for: “…these members of his cabinet who remain and try to defend him, they won’t be able to go to a restaurant, they won’t be able to stop at a gas station, they’re not going to be able to shop at a department store. The people are going to turn on them. They’re going to protest. They’re absolutely going to harass them…”
According to existing laws, Maxine Waters should be thrown out of the House of Representatives. She should be charged with the crime of sedition.10:20 am on June 25, 2018 Email Michael S. Rozeff