Pat Buchanan

A fair headline you will not see in the Times might read, "House Tells Employers: Hire Homosexuals -- or Else!"

In this bill, we see the triumph of the counterculture of the 1960s in making its moral values the basis of law, even as Christians once shaped society when America was a Christian country. In pre-secular America, homosexual sodomy was a crime, not a "lifestyle." The "lifestyle" view is now being enshrined in federal law.

In this homosexual rights law, and the way it is being hailed as progress, as Republicans grumble, we see clearly that the revolution of the '60s has overthrown the old moral and social order and begun to dictate how we must all behave in their new order. Those who think the Right won the Culture War should think again.

Men are no longer free to hire or sell their homes to whomever they wish, or to associate with whomever they wish.

In the 1950s, there were men's clubs and women's clubs, WASP country clubs and law firms and Jewish country clubs and law firms. Black folks had their own restaurants, barber shops, movie theaters and churches.

We were a free country then. Did people use their freedom to discriminate? Undeniably. Did race discrimination need correcting? Undeniably. But in enlisting state power to end discrimination, we harnessed Leviathan. The Left is now using the monster to reshape America. Thus is freedom, the cause of the American Revolution, supplanted by equality, the cause of the French Revolution.

The U.S. Constitution guaranteed freedom by restricting the power of government, the source of tyranny: "Congress shall make no law ..." Civil rights laws restrict freedom. Men are told they will face disgrace, fines, ruin if they act on their beliefs in deciding whom they will hire, whom they will serve in a bar or restaurant, or to whom they wish to sell or rent their homes.

If a man is free to hold beliefs we detest, and speak and write in ways we detest, why is he not free to live according to his beliefs -- if we believe in freedom? Hopefully, we are becoming a better society, for we are surely becoming a less free society.


Pat Buchanan

Pat Buchanan is a founding editor of The American Conservative magazine, and the author of many books including State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America .
 
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