Gov’t To Business Owners: “Your Opinions Are Wrong, Ours Are Enforceable”

The Huffington Post reports that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would band employers from discriminating against potential employees on the basis of sexual orientation or “gender identity,” could be coming up for a vote in the Senate any time now.

The bill was introduced to the Senate back in April by Senator Jeff Merkley, of Oregon. He told HuffPo, “Americans understand that it’s time to make sure our LGBT friends and family are treated fairly and have the same opportunities. Now it’s time for our laws to catch up. People should be judged at work on their ability to do the job, period.”

Well, who decided that businesses should judge people based on their work abilities? It’s something I personally believe, of course, and certainly something that most profit-based businesses believe. The government obviously believes it as well.

But just because it is the government’s opinion that businesses shouldn’t refuse employment to this person or that person does not mean there should be a law against that refusal.

Why does the government get to tell people how to act? Because the government gave itself that authority. Why does the government get to tell businesses how to conduct business? Again, because the government gave itself that authority.

Why do people accept this? What makes people complacent over the truly startling fact that the federal government, a small group of largely corrupt men and women, gets to tell others, “Under penalty of law, you must be nice, you cannot be mean” and “Your opinions are wrong; our opinions are right and will be enforced”?

If the government commandeers authority over how we get to exercise our opinions (if they permit us to exercise them in the first place), what is to stop them from telling us what products we must buy (health insurance), what products we can’t (100-watt incandescent light bulbs), or even with whom we can’t refuse to associate (“transgender” employees in our own businesses)?

The government is beholden to no one, least of all the complacent masses. The only thing stopping them is themselves, and that’s only when they want to. As we’ve seen over the course of this country, they won’t exercise restraint forever. But we, soft as we’ve become, will always be complacent.