Employers are legally persons, too, at least until the Supreme Court rules otherwise. They also have rights, including the right to religious freedom. More to the point they have the right to be left alone from unauthorized, unconstitutional government mandates. That's why we have a Constitution in the first place.
While no one ever lost money overestimating the capacity of the U.S. government to blunder, we cannot rule out that American officials knew exactly what they were doing when they helped provoke the crisis in Ukraine.
In their fight with the Tea Party, establishment Republicans imply that Tea Partiers are dogmatic purists who refuse to face the political realities of a two-party system, but it is establishment Republicans who aren't facing facts.
How would you feel if a police officer you knew for 20 years told you that if an order were issued to confiscate your guns, he wouldn’t hesitate to “kick your door in”? This was the precisely the experience Connecticut resident, Navy veteran, and former firefighter John Cinque had after commenting on his state’s 2013 violation of the Second Amendment.