In encouraging individuals to create “crowds” who will “push back” on President Trump’s Cabinet members at private business establishments and in seemingly trying to prevent these Cabinet officials from obtaining basic necessities without fear of assault and violence, Rep. Waters seems to be violation of House rules (Washington, DC).
As my dear late mother would have said, “it all depends on whose ox is getting gored.”
In the aftermath of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders being asked to leave a restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, and earlier, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and her staff being heckled out of another restaurant where they were holding a working dinner (these incidents referenced in a separate post), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) has upped the ante, calling on Leftists to harass and verbally assault Cabinet members still further:
“If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them! And you tell them that they are not welcome, anymore, anywhere.”
And even if this were acceptable – which it is not – how long until verbal assault tips over into actual assault? As Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton points out in a formal letter filed with the House Office of Congressional Ethics,
“In encouraging individuals to create ‘crowds’ who will ‘push back’ on President Trump’s Cabinet members at private business establishments and in seemingly trying to prevent these Cabinet officials from obtaining basic necessities without fear of assault and violence, Rep. Waters seems to be violation of House rules, specifically:
‘A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House shall conduct himself at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House. [House Rule 23, clause 1.]’
“We hereby request that the Office of Congressional Ethics conduct a preliminary investigation into whether Rep. Maxine Waters violated House Rules in encouraging attacks on Cabinet officials.”
The Red Hen incident seems to have particularly upset a lot of people, probably because in this case it was not outside protesters, but the owner of the restaurant herself who asked Ms Sanders to leave. Actually, though, and perhaps surprisingly to some, that’s not what bothers me, per se.
Don’t get me wrong, I think it was mean-spirited and inappropriate! But I happen to believe that any business owner has, or should have, the right to refuse service to anyone, at any time, for any reason – or no reason, for that matter. With the understanding, of course, that actions have consequences, and customers may choose to vote with their feet, and their wallets. But I am, and have always been, a firm believer in freedom of association, for businesses no less than for individuals.
What aggravates me is that the Democrats, and Leftists in general, are so damnably selective in how, when, and to whom they apply this principle! The owner of the Red Hen in Lexington, VA, refusing to serve Press Secretary Sanders is praiseworthy, according to them. A dress designer ostentatiously announcing that she would refuse to design a dress for Melania Trump (which she had not been asked to do) is admirable.
These are examples, so the Leftist narrative goes, of people courageously taking a stand for their principles. But floral designers and bakers, among others, declining to create special items for LGBT weddings, because they believe that would make them participants in something which their religious faith and moral sensibilities do not allow – that is unconscionable!
Well, here’s a recommendation for Democrats, Socialists, and others on the (il)liberal Left: pick one, and stick with it. Either it’s okay for all, or it’s not okay for all. You don’t get to have it both ways; you don’t get to pick and choose who gets to refuse service based on whether or not you agree with their social and political viewpoint. As it stands, you’re making yourselves look (even more than usually) like petulant, idiotic children.
But as I’ve commented previously, logic and rationality do not seem to be the strong suits of the current Left; unintended irony and double-standards appear to be their stock-in-trade. Or as I commented at the start, it all depends upon whose ox is getting gored…