The progressive left has a long history of screaming about freedom of speech every time they have been challenged in any way for stating their opinion. They have acted as if there should be no consequences to the obnoxious way in which they make their point. They have screamed “freedom of speech” when arrested for blocking traffic or disrupting commerce and have demanded to be allowed to break the law when exercising their right of “freedom of speech”.
There are consequences to every action and speaking one’s mind often brings about unexpected negative consequences. The left’s reaction against Chick-fil-A, however, has been much more than just negative feedback against an opposing opinion. It has been a vicious attempt to harmfully punish an entire company and its employees because company president Dan Cathy dared to express his opinion. It is chicken s**t politics from the Left and it is as typical as it is disgusting.
There have been no attempts to debate Dan Cathy or have civil discussions about the issue. There have only been personal attacks from those who are too dense to understand how someone can be against gay marriage or homosexuality and not against gays themselves. That is far too “nuanced” for those who claim “nuance” to be a political virtue. Strict idealism says acceptance is not enough. Approval must be obtained – by force if necessary – along with silence.
Boston mayor Tom Menino took this fiasco to an even lower level by attempting to stop Chick-fil-A from opening more stores in Boston. Menino’s actions should not be surprising. The precedent of using one’s elected position to force a personal political agenda has been established from the top by Obama. His actions to “fundamentally transform America” to fit his personal image have been blatant. NY City Mayor Bloomberg followed the trend with his war on large sodas. It is the way of doing business for the progressive Left.
This dangerous trend must be stopped and the only way to do that is by voting. This coming election could end the top-down precedent of blatantly misusing public office for a personal agenda, sending a strong message to others who do the same. It could also help put an end to vicious chicken s**t attempts to silence dissent. Vote to stop it or face the consequences.
David J. Hentosh