by Mark Moore
What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don’t like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, don’t expect freedom to survive very long.
The city council election in Fayetteville might be the most important election in the state this year. This is not only because Fayetteville has been a great city, a jewel in the crown of our state, but also because the contrast between the candidates is so vast. The political distance between even Tom Cotton and Mark Pryor is not so vast as the distance between the liberal-fascist slate of candidates and the “conservatarion” slate.
Fayetteville has had a leftist city council for years. Most residents put up with it as long as they restricted their activities to pedestrian level incompetence and issuing toothless proclamations about how much better they are than the rest of the state. The new breed of liberal is not so harmless because the new left does not look much like the old left- rather it looks a lot like the old fascism.
The council passed Ordinance 119. This measure would set up a commission with the power to fine private businesses $500 per day if the commission felt that the private business was not being accommodating enough to commission-favored groups. Expect the commission to function similar to the one in Colorado who demanded that a baker make a wedding cake for a homosexual “marriage” even if it violates his conscience. The same thing happened in Oregon. Once privately owned businesses had the right to refuse service to any customer. Now, that is only true if the customer is not a member of a special class of citizens.
Opponents of 119 say that the ordinance could lead to mandating that businesses allow patrons to use their restrooms according to what gender they claim to identify with, rather than the restroom appropriate to their sex. Supporters of the measure scoff at these claims, but let me ask you, did any of you think 15 years ago that cake makers would be forced out of business simply for choosing not to make wedding cakes for homosexual “marriages”?
What seems outrageous and outlandish today is what happens a few years down the road. I can remember when homosexuals were only asking for their acts to be made legal on the basis of “what happens in my bedroom is not the public’s business.” I don’t want my daughter to have to deal with males lurking about inside the women’s restroom at the mall, and based on the history it is not far fetched at all to see that happening under 119 in a few short years.
Look, the “conservatarian” slate is much more conservative and religious than Fayetteville on average, just as the present city council is more authoritarian, aggressively anti-Christian and leftist than Fayetteville on average. This is a consequence of the big middle not getting very involved in politics. The media is going to try to tell you that the one side should be disqualified because they are too extreme in their views while failing to inform you that the other side is at least as extreme on the other side.
That is ignoring the important question. The most important question in this race is not who is the most extreme in their views, but rather who is the most willing to use government force to impose those views on you. The fascist left wants the machinery of government to impose their views, the libertarian-leaning right have their own views, but they don’t want to use the machinery of government to impose them on you- they want to destroy the machinery. The conservatarians who are running are not running so that they can seize control of this “Civil Rights” commission and start using it to beat up on businesses which discriminate against Christians. Rather they are running so that they can abolish this commission altogether.
So this election, citizens of Fayetteville, is not a question of who is left or who is right. It is not even a question of whether homosexual marriage should be recognized by the state. It is an election between freedom and fascism. Those who want fascism simply because today the machinery favors their cause are fools, for it may favor a cause which they oppose tomorrow. The best policy is freedom from government interference so that voluntary choices between individuals defines our society. Dismantle the machine so that none of us have to worry about it being seized by this faction or that one and used against us or our neighbors.
With that being said. here is the Freedom Ticket….
Paul Phaneuf for the Ward One (south half of town) seat held by incumbent Adella Gray.
Josh Crawford for the Ward Two seat (central part of town between I 49 and Hwy 45) held by incumbent Mark Kinion.
John La Tour for the open seat in Ward Four (west of I 49) left by departing Alderwoman Rhonda Adams.
Fayetteville voters can consult this map for more details about what ward they live in.
Mark is an advocate of a philosophy of government called Localism.