Politics are something that has a tendency to get people riled up quick. Some take political talk personally, and some don’. Within the right of free speech, people are allowed to say what they want without fear of retaliation from the government. But what happens if businesses start to take action against those who speak out against their political interests?
There are headlines all the time about someone at a business–because it seems more sensational when there’s a face to put to the story–denying someone a service based on their beliefs and political values. Then comes the trouble of deciding if they had the right to do that in the first place. How far is too far? In Kentucky, Kim Davis was voted out of office. Some people may remember her as the clerk who denied gay marriage licenses to those who came to get their paperwork officially signed.
With state elections having recently taken place, many people put their vote where their interests lay. But there’s a bigger limit on how voting can directly affect businesses right away. Companies, not just one employee, have more power to deny services and if the denials don’t make the news. Customers may not even know about it unless they experience it personally. But that discrimination often isn’t taken seriously unless there’s solid proof, which isn’t easy for one person to obtain.
If individuals could be denied things like credit or student loans based on their political stances, things could get messy quickly. A college education is deemed a necessity in our society, but many cannot afford it without some sort of assistance. Being denied a loan because of a political stance could potentially be a detriment to the rest of their life. These politically charged times are when people have to be the most aware of what’s going on around them. Because even if something isn’t a problem now, it may be later on.