By all accounts, Chick-Fil-A is an excellent company. It has a very successful business model; the closely held company is profitable and growing. It is renowned for the quality of its products and excellent customer service. It’s a good place to work, providing jobs for thousands of young people and offering aid to further their education. The company is well known for its many philanthropic efforts. Any company should be envious of Chick-Fil-A.
The company’s thinly-veiled homophobic mission statement: “Be America’s Best Quick-Service Restaurant.”
But, in the alternate universe in which we seem to live these days, Chick-Fil-A is pilloried by a tiny minority, assisted by the increasingly intellectually corrupt and propagandizing mainstream media.
Just when you think absurdity has reached its limit, along come the attacks on Chic-Fil-A.
And, the justification for the assaults: Dan Cathy, Chick-Fil-A’s President and Chief Operating Officer, in answer to a question, stated his personal views. I have read everything available in an effort to find any negative, accusatory or inflammatory comments directed at anyone. I have found none.
In this upside down world, the term political correctness no longer accurately describes the leftists’ intimidation tactics; in the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, Maoist China and countless other past and present oppressive regimes, it’s called police state speech and thought control.
For the radical left, the right of free speech is nothing more than a cover for its outrageous statements and actions. But, to them, it’s a one-way street; any opposition to their mantra is not to be tolerated.
The media whores, as usual, twist and misinterpret the facts. As with their predilection to assume tea party violence, those with opposing cultural values are cast as intolerant religious maniacs, bent on imposing their beliefs on the rest of the population.
In fact, just the opposite is true.
And, we have the mayors and local government politicians in Boston, Chicago and San Francisco racing to the podium to knee-jerk themselves into a knot. In statements littered with all the appropriate police state-approved language, they rant and rave, threaten and pander for the benefit of a tiny minority of their constituents, and, of course, the press.
At least one of the politicians is walking back his outrageous statements, but I find their initial comments very instructive. Automatically, they assume government’s power to unilaterally, without due process or any other consideration of law, issue edicts, threats and demands aimed at private citizens and private enterprises.
Their initial visceral reaction: ‘We will use the government’s power to punish the owners of a company who have thoughts and beliefs with which we and a minority disagree.”
The country drifts closer to the codified intolerance of a police state. The minority subjugates the majority. The media machine is little more than a propaganda arm of a leftist federal government and its allies.
Yet, the country debates the wealth of one presidential candidate and the oratorical snafus of the other.
I’m headed out to buy a bag of Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwiches. If you haven’t tried one, they’re pretty damn good.
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