Oregon Tramples Freedom and Confiscates Married Couple’s Life Savings

Melissa Klein

Melissa Klein

Bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein politely refused to bake a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding. For that, Oregon’s Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian ordered the state to confiscate the Klein’s life savings and shut their business. When Mrs. Klein went to check her bank balances a few weeks before Christmas she found $0.00  – her accounts had been completely wiped out by the state. The Kleins, who hold strong Christian beliefs, refused to bake a cake for the lesbian couple’s wedding as a matter of conscience, citing a passage from the Old Testament. They simply did not want to participate in an event that went contrary to the Bible’s teachings.

Commissioner Avakian is abusing his power of office to destroy the people he should be serving. Not only that, Mr. Avakian is violating Oregon Law. The Oregon Constitution states, “No law shall in any case whatever control the free exercise, and enjoyment of religious opinions, or interfere with the rights of conscience.” Commissioner Avakian’s ruling has interfered with the Klein’s “rights of conscience” and until Article 1, Section 3 of the Oregon constitution is repealed, his ruling has no legitimacy.


The issue is not about baking cakes and lesbianism. The issue is freedom. The outcome is tyranny. People everywhere need to fight against this abuse of government power. If they do not, they may one day they find their own bank accounts wiped out because some bureaucrat disagrees with something they believe or think or do. You might be next.

Avakian wrongly used the Equality Act of 2007 to justify his actions.  Article 1, Section 3  – “No law shall in any case whatever…interfere with the rights of conscience” – was specifically adopted as part of the original Oregon Constitution of 1847 to prevent subsequent laws like the Equality Act from being used to interfere with matters of conscience. That Section 3 has full supremacy over the Equality Act is a fact so obvious, that Commissioner Avkian should be embarrassed to be reminded of it.

One may think the Kleins were wrong when they declined to bake a cake for a gay wedding. You are entitled to you beliefs. So are the Kleins to theirs. What many people don’t seem to understand is that when one or other of us can gain advantage of the hammer of government to destroy those we disagree with and when the plain language of our constitutional guarantees can be ignored by government agents with power over our lives, then all of us are in grave danger. Imagine yourself waking up one day and finding your bank account and your 401-K empty because you did something lawful that your government handlers took issue with.

The Kleins have not attempted to destroy anyone by refusing to bake a cake, nor could they do it by such a refusal. Try to change their hearts through dialogue and argument, yes. Take their life savings and destroy their family business by the hand of government – God help us all. You might be next.

When Oregonians allow government agents like Mr. Avakian to violate the constitutional rights of their fellow citizens, they put themselves at great personal risk. Perhaps Oregonians should hold a referendum to abolish their constitution altogether, for it seems to have been reduced to a meaningless collection of words.

People of the United States beware! When one right, in this case the right of religious conscience guaranteed by the Constitution is violated, other violations will follow as government bureaucrats no longer feel restrained to act within the limits placed on them by the law. The people will cease to be freemen and freewomen ruled by laws instituted for their common good. What they will have become, instead, are powerless serfs ruled by the arbitrary whims of their bureaucrat masters.

Oregonians should demand the resignation or removal of Commissioner Avakian from office for his blatant violation of the state constitution. If they do not, they will have made a choice that advances serfdom at the expense of freedom.



Las Vegas Update


Jessica Valenzuela with her three daughters.

Authorities are hinting that the woman who plowed into a pedestrian-filled sidewalk Sunday in Las Vegas killing Jessica Valenzuela  is not a militant extremist.

The suspect, Lakeisha Holloway, has apparently told authorities that she was homeless and that her mother was an alcoholic. Because of this troubled person’s senseless and selfish act, Jessica Valenzuela’s three daughters will now have to grow up without their mother too.

There is a GoFundMe website set up to help the Valenzuela family if anyone wants to help out. https://www.gofundme.com/a7fusess


Las Vegas Nightmare

(December 21, 2015) Reports are coming in from Las Vegas Nevada  –  An eyewitness has said that a woman intentionally drove her car up onto a sidewalk Sunday evening and began mowing down pedestrians. One report states, one person is dead, six more are critical and another 26 are injured.

Facts of this case will be certainly revealed over time.

Here is what I want to say and what needs to be said.

First -It will not surprise me to find out that this was an act of jihad. It may not be, but it won’t surprise me because we do have a problem in the United States with Islamic extremists who want to kill as many infidels as they can.

Second – One does not need access to guns to hurt and kill lots of people. If we find that a woman intentionally drove her car into a mass of innocent people will some call for the banning of motor vehicles or at least background checks and waiting periods for those wishing to purchase one?

Third – There is no doubt that Islamic terrorists or others who desire to kill innocent Americans on American soil will find a myriad of ways to do so. If they begin using cars to do so, then we will have an unbelievably deadly and difficult problem on our hands.

Fourth – Some will say “You are politicizing a subject before the facts of the case are in.” Those people would be correct. And what is wrong with that if my intentions are to get people to see clearly what the problem is here – it’s bad or troubled people doing very bad things. Our problem is not with the cars, or guns or pressure cookers.


Socialist Dream Crashes in Venezuela

empty shelves venezuela

Empty store shelves in Venezuela. The reality of the socialist dream. History tells us over and over again that government-imposed price controls lead to scarcity every time.

On Sunday, Venezuelans went to the polls and repudiated the socialist government led by Hugo Chavez’ successor, Nicolas Maduro. The BBC and Wall Street Journal are reporting that the opposition has won 99 seats in the National Assembly, the Socialists have won 46 seats and the votes for the remaining 22 seats are still being tallied.

Venezuelans, who are suffering enormously from the policies and corruption of Nicolas Maduro’s government have finally come to their senses and now reject the failed socialist revolution. If Venezuela is to be fixed, it will probably take decades to rebuild what was once the wealthiest nation in Latin America.

Maduro’s term as President is not over until 2019. It will be interesting to see if he can last that long. My guess is he will not.

maduro, chavez obama

Socialist gathering in Trinidad and Tobago in 2009. Left to right: Barack Obama, Nicolas Maduro, Hugo Chavez.

Thanks to the Socialistas in Venezuela, free speech often lands you in jail, inflation is approaching 100% per year, stores shelves are bare, basic services and the healthcare are in shambles, essential medicines are nearly unobtainable, food is in short supply, etc. Viva la Revolution!

The lesson for The United States: Socialism is a disaster. Do not elect Hillary or Bernie or any other national Democrat, unless of course you think socialism is working in Venezuela and should be repeated here.

One of the objectives of the socialist revolution as stated on President Maduro’s website is to:

“Continue building (Bolivarian) socialism of the 21st century in Venezuela, as an alternative to wild capitalism model and thereby ensure the ‘greatest amount of social security, the greatest amount of political stability and the greatest happiness for our people.”

While private property, and economic and political freedom – capitalism will never lead to a perfect society, I’ll take those things over socialism and the inevitable social instability it causes any day.

Sarcastic condolences to American Chavezistas Sean Penn, Michael Moore and Oliver Stone. I hope the new National Assembly  bans them from Venezuelan soil for life.

Junius Lucius

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money.” – Margaret Thatcher

“Socialism is a wonderful idea. It is only as a reality that it has been disastrous. Among people of every race, color, and creed, all around the world, socialism has led to hunger in countries that used to have surplus food to export…. Nevertheless, for many of those who deal primarily in ideas, socialism remains an attractive idea — in fact, seductive. Its every failure is explained away as due to the inadequacies of particular leaders. ” ― Thomas Sowell