through free market engagements by individuals should be able to determine what the norms are for the community. If enough people in the community feel that strongly about certain items not being purchased on certain days or at certain times they can choose to not patronize that business during those times, or at all, and try to convince others to do the same. If this is successful the business owner will be compelled to change his hours, or relocate if it's that important to him, and if not it simply means there is a big enough market of people who don't hold the opposing opinion and he is supplying a service they like during the hours/days they prefer.
I do believe it is every person's birthright to engage in whatever business they so choose in the manner they so choose so long as it does not infringe on the liberty of others. I don't hold the opinion that just because the state has determined it to be within the scope of its rules that it is not an issue of personal liberty. The state has also determined that issues concerning gun ownership are within the scope of its rules and the term "legal" can be applied matters of gun ownership and carry as well, but that doesn't mean gun ownership/carry isn't a natural right. The same can be said for freedom of expression with regard to free speech zones or other infringements on this freedom (e.g. individuals being arrested for dancing at Jefferson Memorial, an act of expression a federal court found to be unlawful).
The state of Texas determining automobiles and alcohol to be "legal" merchandise (they have no business making this determination to begin with, imo) and then setting arbitrary rules on the times these items may be sold based on the religious values of the majority infringes on the rights of those who do not hold those beliefs (who are not infringing on the rights of those who do hold such beliefs by conducting their business in this manner). The fact that these blue laws may be in place more out of tradition (most likely the case with autos) as opposed to moral concerns (still the case with alcohol) doesn't justify their continued existence.
Don't get me wrong, there are many things I love about Texas (on the top of the list for me would be the preservation of the freedom to home school here). The blue laws obviously aren't a priority to me because I could have always stayed in Wyoming where they do not exist. But that doesn't mean I'm not gonna bitch about them until they are removed (I don't *only* bitch about it; I vote and petition my reps on liberty issues any chance I get, but bitching every now and then helps me keep my sanity in the meantime). The problem with issues like this is that once a right is lost it's often very hard to get it back. It was a mistake for blue laws to be put in place in the first place regardless of how popular they were or continue to be. The Patriot Act was a mistake as well regardless of how popular it was or continues to be. Any potential gun control legislation that may come into existence would be a mistake regardless of how popular it would be. And people shouldn't have to relocate to obtain the birthright of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Thanks for responding in a reasonable manner (I truly mean that!). I appreciate you at least engaging in productive discussion of the topic even though you may disagree with me, unlike the other commenter.
I'm reaching up and reaching out.
I'm reaching for the random or what ever will bewilder me.
And following our will and wind we may just go where no one's been.
We'll ride the spiral to the end and may just go where no one's been.
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