Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government. — James Madison

Gotcha Politics are a Disservice to the Truth

March 24, 2014   ·   By   ·   0 Comments

Walter E. Williams

Walter E. Williams

From my Letter to the Editor, published in the Rapid City Journal today:

Senator Phil Jensen is being smeared as a racist by a Rapid City Journal “hit piece” and liberal “Republicans” who don’t like the fact that he actually supports documented Republican values like freedom and limited government.

It’s interesting that some people apparently consider Jensen’s comments about freedom for private business owners “racist” when economist Walter E. Williams, himself a black man, says;

“Should people have the right to discriminate by race, sex, religion and other attributes? In a free society, I say yes. Let’s look at it…

“…While there are many places that serve the public, it doesn’t change the fact that they are privately owned, and who is admitted, under what conditions, should be up to the owner…

“…One does not have to be a racist to recognize that the federal government has no constitutional authority to prohibit racial or any other kind of discrimination by private parties. Moreover, the true test of one’s commitment to freedom of association doesn’t come when he permits people to associate in ways he deems appropriate. It comes when he permits people to voluntarily associate in ways he deems offensive.”

We do a grave disservice to the truth with deceptive “gotcha” politics.

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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year veteran of the United States Air Force, a political writer for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for nearly 20 years, including a Tea Party leader and organizer since 2009. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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