The Capitalist Way

There is a fundamental difference between Liberals and Conservatives that I’m going to share with you today. Ann Coulter said once that “a liberal is just a conservative without facts or logic.” and I tend to agree with her.

A liberal is a child who has never grown up. My kids fight and bicker, and when they don’t get their way, they come running to me, or my wife, and tattle on the other. They’re always looking for someone else to deal the punishment that they believe the other deserves.

In the same way my kids tattle on each other, liberals run to their lawyers and their judges to seek “justice” simply because someone hurt their feelings. Well, I have some bad news for you, and it comes from 7-year-old me: “The bad news is life goes on.

The world can be a bitter place. There are always going to be people who do not agree with you. There are bullies who are going to make you feel like crap, but don’t get me started about bullies. That’ll get its own blog someday. Instead of running to your lawyer and suing someone because they pointed a finger and laughed at you, man up and walk away.

I suggest solving problems with businesses in what I’ve dubbed the capitalist way. If you don’t know what capitalism is: its basically the notion that money makes more money. Many business can tell how well they are doing against their competition simply by looking at their ledgers. More money in the bank means more people appreciate the service that they give. If their numbers go down month over month, it’s a clear indicator that something is off in their business practice and they’ll have to change.

This country was founded on freedom, and I believe that business owners do, indeed, reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason, just as business in at-will states can terminate employment for any reason or no reason at all. In a capitalist world, a business owner can conduct his business any way that he sees fit. If you like it, you’re invited to patronize his establishment, If you don’t like it, then the answer is not to run to your lawyer and force the business to change to meet your views. The Capitalist Way says that you simply find another establishment that provides a similar service and give your money to them. Speaking with your pocketbook and visiting their competition is a good way to stick it to the man..

If you have not exchanged money with a business owner, then there is no contract. Let’s say, for example, you need some concrete poured at your house. You don’t walk up to the first concrete supplier and order from them. You shop around; you order from the one who gives you the best value for your dollar. They may not be the cheapest, but whoever does the job in the way you think it should be done wins the contract.

Now let’s talk about wedding cakes. There was a story in the news recently about a man who owned a bakery in Denver who was sued because he wouldn’t bake a wedding cake for a homosexual couple; it went against his beliefs. Again, I say if no money had exchanged hands, there was no contract. The baker politely declined taking on the job. He still offered them any other baked goods, but he didn’t want his reputation associated with a wedding against his beliefs. The couple ran to their lawyer and sued him. You can read about his story here or here.

Again, I can’t emphasize this enough: The Capitalist Way says you cordially accept his position, and then take your money to his competitor. I guarantee that there is another cake shop in his neighborhood who would gladly bake you a cake and probably do it cheaper to garner your business.

The problem with this world is that people think that litigation is the answer to solve all their problems. It’s interesting the irony in the baker’s story. He did not force his beliefs on the homosexual couple, just shared it with them. But they ran out and got a judge’s signature to force their beliefs on him. Do the liberals not see the irony here? It totally confuses me.

Now, I am not attacking the couple who levied this lawsuit on the baker. I have several friends who believe in same-gender marriage and, even though I don’t believe it in, I don’t force my beliefs on them. There’s always going to be groups of people who will never see eye to eye. The answer is not to force your beliefs on the other guy, but to shake hands and part ways. Life is too short to try to convince everyone that they’re wrong. It is far less stressful to simply walk away from that which brings you down and surround yourself with what builds you up.

The capitalist way says that if the baker is indeed wrong, he’ll see it when all of his business walks away. It’s far more fair for him to have to change his policy if his profits fall below his operating cost than to present him with a paper with a judge’s signature.

Remember to solve your problems the capitalist way, and leave the lawyers to their wills.