For many years now we have heard the canard that the “marketplace” would have brought an end to slavery, brought about civil rights for all Americans, and might even, if we allowed it to, bring Democracy to China.
None of this is true, of course, though there is every chance that the Marketplace might move those who are in the midst of political posturing, and persuade them to join the march of human progress.
It’s a little game called Follow the Money, Baby.
In the midst of crying out that they will support the “rights” of those who don’t wish to do business with folks they find yucky, they are going to discover that that, just like so many other human activities, weddings are big business.
And the Supreme Court has just opened the door to millions of Americans to get married. Love is grand, ain’t it?
Cuz, you know, folks who are in love and plan to get married buy flowers, buy new clothes, send clothes to the dry cleaner, rent tuxedos, rent church halls or public facilities, go to hotels/motels, hire caterers, and even - gasp! - employ the services of bakeries.
And then there are the honeymoons. This is going to put zillions of dollars into the economy. Well, except for the economies of those communities and states which persist in angrily shaking their fists at the inevitable, much in the manner of King Canute, who ordered the tide to stop rolling in.
You sort of have to wonder just how long these folks who stand on blind principle are going to stand strong, while they see money that they might see as rightfully theirs going into the pockets of their competitors.
Sooner or later, somebody is going to appeal to their elected official for assistance from the state, and don’t be surprised the see the Men With Bad Haircuts in various state legislatures trying dip into the public purse to work something up.
Maybe a First Amendment Assistance Fund?
On the Air with the Bentonville Public Schools Citizens for Equality
Later this week folks will be able to watch my interview with Amy Gillespie of the Bentonville Public Schools Citizens for Equality. The show can be seen any time at:
It can also be seen on Channel 218 on the COX Channel line-up in Fayetteville.
TV show times:
Monday - 6pm
Wednesday - 6am/6pm
Friday - 6am/6pm
Quote of the Day
“Only a fool would try to deprive working men and working women of their right to join the union of their choice.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower