We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
One’s reaction to Cathy’s remarks shouldn’t turn on views of gay marriage – an issue so far from being a closed conversation that polling routinely shows the public split roughly down the middle on it. Rather, it should be anchored in the simple fact that the Chick-fil-A president didn’t breathe a word of intolerance, bigotry or even derision. In fact, he didn’t even make a political statement.
The poisonous trend at work here is a complete inversion of the traditional understanding of “tolerance.”
As articulated in the great Western tradition of liberalism (the name given to the political philosophy espousing individual liberty before it was hijacked by statists), tolerance means granting others the freedom of their own actions and views so long as they don’t harm others.
This view was ably expressed by Thomas Jefferson in his Notes on the State of Virginia, when, in regard to religious liberty, he said, “It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”
The sad part about all of this is that regardless of which political party wins the November election, we can expect more of this bitter intolerance from left-wing Democrats from now on. By failing to condemn and discourage supporters of their party from acting this way, in fact by openly encouraging such behavior, the Democrats have coarsened political discourse in this country beyond repair. Short of a war or other major tragedy, I foresee no chance in my lifetime of conservatives ever bridging the social and political gap with the radical Democrats.
Two of my children, both lawyers, are left wing Democrats and Obama supporters. We don't talk politics. I wonder how they got that way. In one case, his mother says that if I announced I was a Democrat, he would change parties. The other I can't explain except she is a government employee.
I have been saying this for a long time, back when it was confined to the newsroom and the university: Their motto is "Tolerance Through Intimidation!" And then they do it. It isn't something new. They are now inflicting on us what they only inflicted on journalists and students who disagreed with them. Now it's all of us. What will be interesting to notice is how many LGBT protestors show up compared to the phalanx of media cameras covering them.
It seems that this "Kiss in" and the anti chicken place mantra is blowing up in the face of the homosexual agenda. I went by my local chic fil a three times on Wednesday- 7am, 11am and 8:30pm. I could not get in the place. There were over a hundred cars there and at least a hundred people inside each time.
I went by today to offer to buy a gay person a chicken sandwich (or to call the police for loitering or public indecency- not sure which) and it was business as usual. I onl heard a couple guys working for an Air Conditioning company joke about holding hands when they went in.
The truth is just that. It's unchangeable, and not subject to opinion.
Did ya'll hear about the guy that lost his job for involving himself in the protest and posting the vid on youtube?
I have discerned a trend in the (militant) gay agenda: It began years ago with pleas for tolerance, then acceptance, then understanding, then equality (whatever that means today) and now I see they want to be admired. What's next?