“It’s been like this since 6:00 AM.”
It was 8:15 PM. The employee had a tired but sincere smile on his face as he went from car to car, already a block from his restaurant, thanking customers for both their patience and their support.
Chick Fil-A Appreciation Day has apparently taken on a life far greater than anyone could have envisioned, and according to reports pouring in from around the country, the Bible-respecting chicken franchise has had to call in off-duty staff in an attempt to keep up with the hordes of people flocking to the store.
Out of curiosity I swung by the closest franchise just after 6:00 PM, and was floored by what I witnessed.
Cars lined up for the drive-thru stretched out of the parking lot, down the access road, and up the street to the main highway. I tried to get a quick count of the cars, but had to be content with an estimate of 40-60 as they stretched out of sight behind Applebee’s. A solitary driver laid on his horn as he went by the traffic jam, middle finger extended defiantly from the window of his CR-V, his “coexist” bumper sticker mocking those he left in presumably smug satisfaction.
There were at least 100 people standing outside to get into the building to order from the counter, and no telling how many more were queued up inside. People were parking a block away in the Kohl’s parking lot and walking to the Chick fil-A, the parking lots of the stores directly surrounding the chicken joint being completely packed.
As the sun fell, the line to go inside had shortened to the point employees could start to think about letting the doors close and having the air conditioning take effect. As for the line of cars…
… it showed no signs of letting up.
Clearly, this is more than a “buycott” over gay marriage. If the smattering of people I’ve talked to are representative, homosexuality is a side issue.
This strikes a much deeper, more foundational chord.
The massive crowd reaction locally and nationwide are driven by a loathing of arrogant politicians like those in Boston, New York, Chicago and San Francisco who feel they have the power and the authority to tell a businessman like Dan Cathy what personal opinions he can and cannot hold if he wants to do business in “their” towns.
They trampled on his religious beliefs. They trampled on his freedom of speech. They attempted to deny him and his franchisees the rights to start small businesses, merely because a free American dared to share what he believed.
When Gage’s columns of Regulars marched out of Boston after midnight on April 19, 1775, neither they nor the tens of thousands of colonists in the surrounding community thought of themselves as anything other than Englishmen. After shots rang out at Lexington Green, then the North Bridge, and Meriam’s Corner, and skirmishes turned into a rolling gunbattle, there was a tectonic shift. They were no longer Englishmen, but Patriots and Regulars. History records the rest.
Presumably not a man that mustered that morning on either side that April morning wanted war, but a series of events unfolded in such a way as to trigger a war out of a series of powder alarms (British attempts at gun control) that had been bloodless to that point.
Students of history know that there are rarely singular triggers to world-changing events.
We have over the past decades been slouching towards a crisis point in this nation. I’ll leave it for future historians to find fault and place the blame, but the momentum towards disintegration has been apparent and accelerating for some time.
I smirk, thinking about those that are reading this incredulously, thinking, “is this rube trying to tell us that we’re going to launch a civil war over chicken?!?! What a dunce!”
They are capable of only seeing isolated events and individual threads, not the tapestry of tyranny that has turned a simple protest buying of chicken sandwiches and waffle fries into a fed-up Republic’s sudden self-awareness.
The greatest trick that Hollywood, the lying liberal media and the Democrat Party was able to conjure was the illusion of their power and our isolation. As tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of Americans are realizing in a simple act of conscious commerce today and this evening, we are legion. There are far more of us than there are of them, and in that realization, our power grows, and our desire to give up even a fraction more of our rights, shrinks.
Those who would be tyrants have failed to heed
Yamato Yamamoto’s warning, and have woken a sleeping giant with an appetite for liberty not easily sated.
This illustrates, in a mild way, the reason why totalitarian regimes collapse so suddenly. (Click here for a more complex analysis of this and related issues). Such regimes have little legitimacy, but they spend a lot of effort making sure that citizens don’t realize the extent to which their fellow-citizens dislike the regime. If the secret police and the censors are doing their job, 99% of the populace can hate the regime and be ready to revolt against it – but no revolt will occur because no one realizes that everyone else feels the same way.
This works until something breaks the spell, and the discontented realize that their feelings are widely shared, at which point the collapse of the regime may seem very sudden to outside observers – or even to the citizens themselves. Claims after the fact that many people who seemed like loyal apparatchiks really loathed the regime are often self-serving, of course. But they’re also often true: Even if one loathes the regime, few people have the force of will to stage one-man revolutions, and when preferences are sufficiently falsified, each dissident may feel that he or she is the only one, or at least part of a minority too small to make any difference.