Sun Trust and the Benhams: Apparently Everybody Involved Are Idiots

Instapundit » Blog Archive » PUSHBACK WORKS: SunTrust Reverses Decision On Conservative Benham Brothers. This time the pushback…

“SunTrust supports the rights of all Americans to fully exercise their freedoms granted under the Constitution, including those with respect to free speech and freedom of religion.”

Lots of bullshit in that sentence, even aside from the obvious face-saving lies. 

One:  the liberties of Americans are not “granted” by the Constitution.  They are unalienable, and the Constitution only guarantees (some) of them.

Two:  This was not a First Amendment matter.  The First Amendment deprives (in theory) the government of the power to infringe on speech and expression.  It says nothing to the actions of a private corporation, which would have been perfectly free as far as the Constitution goes to do exactly what it did and sever connections with the Benhams.

And this worries me.  I’m very much afraid that Americans in general no longer have any understanding of the unalienable rights they possess, and the relationship among those rights, the government, and the Constitution.

I read all the comments over at Insty’s place, and nobody seemed to catch those two items that jumped right off the page at me.  Disquieting.  And sad.

Yeah, yeah, I know that as an ethical matter, Sun Trust shouldn’t have done what it did, yadda yadda. But this is America, and of late the dumb, it is very strong.

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I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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