When the federal government had laws on the books that infringed on the rights and liberties of African Americans, citizens of all races stood up against such tyranny through peaceful protest.
The civil rights movement did more than just correct government to protect every individual's rights regardless of race; it also challenged every American's morality to justify their own private prejudices and hatred for their fellow man.
Today, it's against the law for the government to discriminate or to segregate based on race, and most individuals have learned that the content of a person's character is more important than the color of his skin or the shape of her eyes.
But the ideals of hatred, prejudice, bias, jealously, discrimination and segregation have found a new minority to pick on. It's the minority of success, entrepreneurship, hard work, profit-seeking and risk-taking. The new minority is business.
Not only are businesses small in representative numbers, but the very nature of free enterprise discourages unified political action.
Businesses compete with one another in their own particular industries, and they don't see government harm against one industry to be any threat to their own. They are not only a minority; they're a divided one as well.
There will have to come a time when businesses have to realize that they all have a common interest (and a common cause?) to fight for their rights together. Will businesses control the prices for their own property or will the government? Will businesses continue to stand by as government uses their own tax dollars to compete against them? Will businesses simply allow the government to slowly make business itself a crime?
One or two businesses cannot risk losing market share or their government license by standing up in peaceful protest on their own. Why sacrifice only for others to reap the rewards? But if there is commitment by many businesses to act together, then there is both reason and confidence to stand up to the actions of the Anti-Business ASG.
Bus drivers and taxi drivers, for example, should come together in peaceful protest against the Commerce Commission and Governor Togiola and go on strike. Refuse service until they allow this local (and successful) enterprise to be free as it should be from price controls and threats of license revocation. And hopefully, the rest of the business community will come to their aid as well.
Or businesses can continue to just grovel for mercy from the hands of tyrants. They will neither receive it nor deserve it.