WASHINGTON, November 24, 2014 – Ron Paul recently addressed fears that Congress may soon pass laws banning online gambling for the benefit of billionaire casino operator Sheldon Adelson, a key donor to the Republican Party. On his website, Paul wrote, “A federal online gambling ban would overturn laws in three states that allow online gambling. It would also end the ongoing debate over legalizing online gambling in many other states.”
An online gaming ban would clearly violate the concept of equality before the law enshrined in the US Constitution by Amendment 14. The Amendment says, “… nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
If Congress is willing to make laws to give Sheldon greater protections than his competitors, it would signal to the world that Congress believes certain citizens are more worthy of government protection than others.
The Supreme court would be forced to consider the question whether US citizens are all equal before the law and, if so, it would strike down that law.
If Adelson can choose to operate gambling businesses, so can any other citizen. It is not the role of government to give one casino operator an advantage over another. Improving technology reduces the economic barriers; it is not the job of Congress to stop the use of technology to support party donors.
For Adelson, online gaming could be a boon. He has the advantage of a huge fortune and experience in gaming. If he is still scared of competition, then he never was a good businessman, just a man of connections passing as a businessman, buying legislators the world over, only able to operate as long as his competition is hobbled.
Why do the likes of Adelson want to be legally superior to their fellow citizens? They imagine a world as just to benefit them by any foul means. If the law fails to treat all equally there are serfs and masters.
The free market is all about equality before the law. Even religion reinforces the idea of equality. God created all humans in his image, therefore none is superior to the other. All humans must be free to choose.
A free society cannot have laws that give privileges to some humans over others. Those who seek privileges from laws are all opposed to the concept of freedom no matter what lies come out of their mouths.
Those seeking to subvert freedom always use the argument that it is for the good of humanity. Adelson’s argument is that as a father, he is worried about the impact online gambling will have on children, a nanny-state argument usually frowned upon by Republicans.
It seems both parties are there for the elite at any cost, but when it comes to how to treat the serfs, there are some differences. Issues like minimum wage and health care have little impact on the elites but are critical to others.
The issue is not gambling, but about controlling minds, business, employment, academia and everything else. It reminds one of a scene in the grossly inaccurate movie 300 when the cripple not worthy of being in the Spartan army sells out to the Persian emperor Xerxes. Xerxes tells him to be worthy he only need bow, deeds are irrelevant, this is what the likes of Adelson desire from the world.
The free market is the greatest wealth creator for a society. A country belongs to all its citizens; the earth belongs to all humans, it is better for the likes of Adelson to join the rest of humanity not rob it.