Something happened August 1, 2012, that went beyond people flocking to a chain of chicken franchises across the country to support a company officer’s right to share his quite traditional values. I’d suggest that we’re too close in time and space right now to appreciate precisely what occurred, but it was almost certainly a cultural awakening. It was a declaration of social intent from the masses, triggered by the most unlikely of sources.
Fellow PJ Media contributor Richard Fernandez notes world events:
…[Chicago Mayor Rahm] Emanuel’s action touched a nerve. History is like that. Great fires start from small sparks, as often happens when there is enough dry tinder on the ground.
The incident that marked the beginning of the “Arab Spring,” for example, was the event of “a Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire on 17 December 2010, in protest of the confiscation of his wares and the harassment and humiliation that he reported was inflicted on him by a municipal official and her aides. His act became a catalyst for the Tunisian Revolution and the wider Arab Spring, inciting demonstrations and riots throughout Tunisia in protest of social and political issues in the country.” Hundreds of vendors had been humiliated by the city hall before. But there’s always the one too many.
The Boston Tea Party is another historical parallel that comes to mind. The transformation of the 13 colonies from the king’s most loyal subjects to his most implacable enemies happened in a comparative blink of the eye.
Radical leftists have come to expect no significant overt backlash for even the most vitriolic attacks on traditional culture and values. As a rule, conservatives, libertarians and moderates are polite and accommodating. We do not unnecessarily engage in conflict, nor do we feel comfortable stifling the opinions of others, even when we disagree with them. Nor do we immediately resort to vandalism or threats of violence.
We are fortunate to live in a society where we have the option of seeking change from the soapbox and ballot box before resorting to the cartridge box. The power-mad elites would do well to remember that we reserve the right to use all three to preserve this nation’s promise to future generations.