05-27-2016, 01:08 PM
Dude, you are totally over-reacting.. I am all for businesses having the right to put up "No blacks allowed" signs or doing whatever or serving whoever they want on their property, I wouldn't patronize them, but they have every right to do it imo..
We need to be realistic here, Gary Johnson is right - the discrimination issue is a black-hole issue at this point in time. He may even agree with you and I, but either way he knows it isn't a winning issue right now and will sink everything else we want to accomplish. I think Rand had balls to come out against the CRA, but it's probably one of the major reasons he isn't taken as seriously on the national stage (despite all the fantastic work he does in the senate). Anybody who thinks the way you or I do will not be able to win the general election right now. If people move in a more liberty oriented direction and we have more of these conversations with people it could happen, in time, but we aren't there right now.
Gary Johnson said that every pro-gay legislation he ever signed or backed always stipulated that priests would not be forced to marry gay couples. He doesn't think that cake bakers should be forced to bake a penis shaped cake for a gay wedding, but if a gay couple comes into their business and orders something they should be treated equally. That doesn't mean the cake baker has to customize their cake any specific way that goes against their beliefs because he said that would be violating their first amendment rights.
Religious freedom is pretty high on my priorities, despite the fact that religious fuckers are primarily the ones responsible for the war on drugs which takes away my freedom to perform my personal religion... And I have gay friends who I have told straight up that being pro-gay marriage is not something I actively support in most cases because it is being used to take the rights away from religious people.. But we have to be realistic here and see what areas are most important and where we can make the most headway and Gary Johnson is the person who has the best chance at reducing the size of government, ensuring our personal privacy, ending the war on drugs and reigning in our foreign empire.
I respect purists like Ron Paul, and Ron Paul was great at being a purist and drawing in people from the left.. But I also respect people who can bring large swaths of people together to help tackle the most important issues of the day because in the end we need a multi-pronged attack at authoritarianism.