Bob Owens

The saddest truth in politics is that people get the leaders they deserve

The cluck heard ’round the world

Written By: Bob - Aug• 01•12
A Chick Fil-A employee thanks customers for their support and their patience.

A Chick Fil-A employee thanks customers for their support and their patience.

“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…

14 hours after they opened, the traffic into this Chick Fil-A shows no signs of stopping.

… 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.

Update: Corrected the Admiral’s name. Also, Professor Reynolds notes that we may be witnessing a preference cascade, something he wrote about more than a decade ago:

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.

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57 Comments

  1. shreck says:

    Wilmington’s four Chik-Fil-A’s were packed today, local news did a story about it. Trending on twitter.

  2. Chick Harvey says:

    Great writing !!! Keep up the excellent work.

  3. StoneHeads says:

    Great article. One tiny correction, however. the word ‘Yamato’ is actually the ancient name of Japan. The name of the WWII-era Japanese admiral I believe you’re referring to was Yamamoto Isoroku.

  4. Merurulince Rede Arls says:

    This is the McCarthy moment for the gay rights movement.

  5. This is SOOOOOO AWESOME! And I say that as a gay, Catholic guy who is also a rock-solid Conservative. This was never about “hating the gays;” it’s about the 1st Amendment and arrogant, buffoonish politicians.

    • Whiz says:

      Amen, Richard! People of good will don’t hate gays, they hate those that would stomp on their and our right to free speech.

      Great article, Bob.

    • Maria says:

      Thank you for posting Richard. As a Conservative I can tell you that we do not hate Gays. It has never been about discriminating or hating like the media wants us to believe. Both my husband and I have gay family members and friends and they share your opinion. This is about “Freedom of Speech” and getting Government officials like the Mayors of Chicago, Boston And San Francisco out of our faces and it makes me sad to see that they are using this issue to get votes just like they are using the illegals and Hispanics. (I’m Hispanic)

    • KWS says:

      Thanks, Richard. I’m hetero, and a Christian, but supportive of civil unions for gays. However, this is not about gays. The media, the current administration, are trying to make it about gays b/c they’re trying to polarize our country in order to gain votes, but it’s really about First Amendment rights. Do we have freedom of thought and speech, or are we living in a fascist nation? We can decide come November.

  6. fdavis says:

    As a gay man, I am utterly appalled at the behavior of these politicians and was thrilled to see the massive lines at a local store here in SoCal. Bob: you are very much on the nose with your article. This IS about a fundamental right and this episode is not a minor event (though most will forget it in years ahead).

    I live in a gay mecca, San Francisco, and it can be suffocating. You simply cannot utter a word that is not PC-approved without being shunned. So many in my community seem to think we’ve never left the 50s. We asked for tolerance, acceptance, and by far most people are like, sure, I don’t care. Just get a room, ok?

  7. Eric in Boise says:

    Cruz by 13 points last night; many thousands in line at Chick-Fil-A stores starting the next morning.

    There’s a tsunami coming in November. The water has just receded. Fish are flopping around on the newly exposed rocks. There’s a low subsonic rumble; barely noticeable.

    And the progressives are standing on the beach, exclaiming “Hey, look at all those cool shells! Let’s walk out and gather some!”

  8. C Murphy says:

    The Japanese Naval Marshal General and the commander in chief of the combined fleet was Isoroku Yamamoto.

  9. Catseye says:

    The Cry of the Chicken is Heard in our Land!

  10. lee says:

    As someone who’s identified with the Republican party for a long time, you’re reaaaaaaaally stretching your point if you’re equating this with any war imagery, or even persecution.

    • McDadbear says:

      Your attitude is why we are not members of the Republican party, but of the “Tea Party”.

  11. Cock-a-doodle-do says:

    As a homosexual who enjoys a good chicken sandwich, Dan Cathy’s remark didn’t strike me as anything more than his opinion and he’s entitled to if. If I want to get into a snit over his belief, I’ll eat somewhere else. What bothers me are the little local hitlers who have found him guilty of thought crime. It’s a reminder that for all their talk, people in power don’t really believe in freedom of speech.

  12. T says:

    For over a year now, in an ongoing discussion I have been voicing the belief that “it” is in our DNA. We carry our forbearers genes which includes that same insatiable appetite for liberty. It drove them to give up everything and pack into steerage arriving on the shores of a country whose language they couldn’t even speak. That dogged, indomitable desire and demand for liberty drives us still today.

    Betting against the Americans remains a fool’s bet.

  13. David Gillies says:

    What you’re talking about here is a preference cascade. They can be transformative. The fall of the Berlin Wall was a preference cascade.

  14. HistoryBuff says:

    I believe you meant your last sentence meant to refer to Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. The Yamato was a Japanese battleship.

  15. UCLAJAY says:

    Thanks for the inspirational writing! I just wanted to let you know that it was Admiral Yamamoto (not Yamato; that was the name of a Japanese battleship) to whom that memorable quote is attributed after the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor: “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

    Thanks, again, for your post.

  16. Jeff S. says:

    This is profoundly on target, Bob. I read a lot of history, and one of the things that always stays in my mind is the difference between experiencing the event, and reading about that same event as history. It never ceases to amaze my how people can fail to realize that what will be history in 20 years is passing by all of us right now, instantly, in real time. Your framing of the events of April 19, 1775 highlights perfectly what I mean.

    I often despair of our future, but maybe, just maybe our ingrained American independent nature will rise to the surface when we need it the most. Today’s buycott was a very encouraging sign.

  17. Mike C says:

    Great post – but the “sleeping giant” quote is from Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. The Yamato was a battleship.

  18. Judiak says:

    Great story!

  19. leftbrainfemale says:

    I’ve been thinking much the same all day – thanks for putting my thoughts into words.

  20. Rykehaven says:

    First: It’s ‘Yamamoto’. The “Yamato” race is the Japanese version of Nazi Germany’s “Aryan” race and was used to the same effect during WWII in its conquest of the ‘lesser’ races. The Japanese even named a Battleship after the same and they still speak reverantly about their identity as the “Master” race or the “unique” race (No German that I have ever met does that).

    Second: Yamamoto said no such thing. The “Sleeping Giant” quote was a fabrication by a hollywood producer (I think it was the director of the movie “Tora! Tora! Tora”) who claimed he had documentary evidence in a diary. Of course, no such diary exists because Yamamoto didn’t keep one.

    Yamamoto, in fact, was visibly contemptuous of the American soldier in comparison to Japanese “Yamato” spirit, and advocated a full-scale against the US to the point where he wrote a famous call-to-war against eh US that was printed in every newspaper in the Japanese Empire (not just the home islands), stating that Japan would crush the USA and set the terms of America’s surrender in Washington DC.

    Third: At risk of identifying myself, I’ve also been going to Chick fil-a and I suggest the Ceasar wraps, but that’s just my personal taste. OTH, considering the volume they’re servicing these days, I figure there’s a lot of people for my identity to get submerged in.

    • David Pittelli says:

      While Yamamoto likely never said or wrote the “sleeping giant” quote, there is evidence he was pessimistic about the prospects of war with the U.S.

      See:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isoroku_Yamamoto's_sleeping_giant_quote

      For example:

      “another quotation… while real, was widely misinterpreted in the US press. Yamamoto… pessimistically said that the only way for Japan to win the war was to dictate terms in the White House (… i.e. Japan would have had to conquer the whole of the United States). Yamamoto’s meaning was that military victory, in a protracted war against an opponent with as much of a population and industrial advantage as the United States possessed, was completely impossible — a rebuff to those who thought that winning a major battle against the US Navy would end the war. However, in the US, his words were recast as a jingoistic boast that he would dictate peace terms at the White House.”

      • Mike says:

        David, You correctly summarized the quotes. By the way, Yamamoto was not dismissive of the American Military; he spent years living in the USA while on duty and respected American capabilities. He said he would run wild for the 1st 6 months of war, then he foresaw a gradual strangling of Japan. He foresight was remarkable.

      • Rykehaven says:

        “Yamamoto’s meaning was that military victory, in a protracted war against an opponent with as much of a population and industrial advantage as the United States possessed, was completely impossible”

        That is outlandish and baseless revisionist history.

        The plain reading at the outset of its publication was clear – in Japanese and English translations – especially when it was published in EVERY medium including radio by every Japanese Ministry including Home, Navy and Army.

        Yamamoto’s declarations and intentions were clear-cut and indisputable, from his disparagement of US Military prowess, to his advocacy of war against the US, to his zeal in planning the Pearl Harbor attack and – finally – his triumphalism after it when he published the infamous article where Imperial Japan would have to make sacrifices and force a surrender at Washington DC.

        There is no proof whatsoever of any contemporaneous source that he was anything BUT dismissive and arrogant – even to his fellow Japanese officers who considered him extraordinarily overbearing (they actually attributed it to his education, thereby shifting blame on America).

        Only AFTER the war did historians, Japanese and American politicians try to push the image of Yamamoto as anything but a war-mongerer of the highest order who RELISHED war with the US (and lost badly). It was of the same revisionist history that tried to re-imagine Emporer Hirohito as anything but the dictator who had absolute power over Japan and its war-time actions*.

        *It has always been a laughable treatise for serious military historians that people seriously believe that Hirohito was “powerless” and Tojo was the real ruler of Japan….even though the “powerless” Hirohito dismissed Tojo from his post and then ordered Japan’s surrender, the most shameful disgrace in Imperial Japan’s cultural context, but one that only the God-emporer Hirohito could command.

      • jc says:

        Quote your scources. Seems the press during ww2 may have had a reason to picture him as a war monger. Perhaps it is not so much a case of “revisionist” history but only both war participants using his quotes to further their own agendas. Once again, name your scources.. prove it is revisionist

      • Rykehaven says:

        @jc

        Lol, talk about an easy target. You don’t seem to realize what a target-rich environment this is.

        Yomiuri, Page 1, Dec 16, 1941

        Kokusai Domei radio, December 16th 1941 dispatch at the commissioning of IJN Yamato

        New York Times, Page 11, Dec 16, 1941

        Christian Science Monitor, Page 7, Dec 16 1941

        Spokane Daily Chronicle, Page 1, Dec 16 1941

        I can go on, but why bother?

        Access the National Archives or the storage banks of microfiche and various locations and start immersing yourself in the time period, stop relying on internet links and heresy books written years after the war and start using primary-source material.

        Now I have a challenge for you: Quote YOUR sources. And don’t give me referrals to post-war dogma written years later. Give me war-time documentation “of the period” which is the only acceptable way to contravene original source material. Tell me where I can find evidence that Yamamoto didn’t mean every word of what he wrote. Show me this supposed letter which differentiates from the original source material (the 70 year old newspapers or transcripts which document his published letter) that shows he is not enthusiastic about war with America.

        I’ll make an easy prediction: YOU WILL FIND NONE.

        And don’t give me Wikis.

        Where is this supposed original letter that betrayed Yamamoto’s anti-war sentiments and is different from the original articles that were published in every newspaper and transcript from Nanking to Tokyo to Washington?

        It does not exist.

        Neither does Yamamoto’s “diary”.

        Neither does any supposed mannerisms and beliefs he supposedly held which contradicts the 70 year-old documentation.

        If you think Yamamoto acted one way and the 70 year-old evidence from the war says otherwise, you lose.

        End of discussion.

        The revisionist history is based on the tried and true “if you repeat a lie enough, the rubes will believe it”. After all, people claim that Yamamoto had a diary or wrote a different letter than the one that appeared all over the world – and the willing zombies will believe it.

        I should note that this bluff has been called over and over again but still won’t die – like a zombie.

        Ryoichi Sasakawa (the man to whom Yamamoto wrote the letter and one of the richest, if not THE richest man in Japan) was facing execution at the tribunals for war crimes and fabricated a phony story that he and Yamamoto were anti-war, all evidence to the contrary. This in spite of their advocacy, boosterism and triumphalism in the war, in spite of their central participation, personal profits, and the planning and execution of the war…You want proof of Yamamoto’s guilt? What do you think you’re looking at when you see photos of the Japanese plans for attacking Pearl Harbor with Yamamoto presiding over them with his staff?!

        Are you stupid or brain dead? Pick one.

        A less gullible (or less willfully ignorant) person would reason that without contemporaneous evidence to the contrary, Isoroku Yamamoto and Ryoichi Sasakawa meant everything they wrote, and did everything they meant to do during the war years. There is no greater proof of a man’s desire to kill you than a knife in your chest with his hands thrusting it in. Requisitions, loot pillaged from Manchuria, military communiqués intercepted by the US and Allies. Occam’s Razor shouldn’t even be necessary. It’s the rule of “Even a half-assed donkey could figure this out”.

        Even assuming that this one letter “doctored by Japanese propagandists” was the crux or sole basis for Yamamoto’s guilt (a preposterous assumption, proof of his intent is way beyond a single letter), where exactly is this “original” letter that purports to demonstrate Yamamoto’s “innocence”? So Ryoichi Sasakawa claims that the letter that was published all over the world was not the original, that the original letter was against the war. Where is this letter that says that they had any qualms about how the letter was written before they published it?

        No such evidence exists.

        Oh, and that’s such a SMALL detail?

        For that matter, why did they publish the letter at all if they didn’t want to publish the letter?

        Is this farce really that convincing?

        Why?

        Yamamoto was against the war?

        Prove it. The burden is not on me (and even if it was, any idiot can figure out that my case is hardly the issue), it’s on you, bozo. Your “I don’t need to prove anything” doesn’t pass muster.

        Leave the zombie rationale to the leftists; you’re supposed to be smarter than this.

        Tell me where I can find a letter from 1941 that says he regrets the Pearl Harbor attack (I can definitely see him regretting it after Midway, Ha!).

        Tell me where to find a letter from 1941 to his wife that says he thinks war with America is folly.

        Show me a diary with 1941 entries that says “I fear we have awoken a sleeping Giant”.

        I would also love to see Ryoichi Sasakawa’s regrets in 1941 (yes, I know he said he regretted it when he faced execution after the war, only to be spared because his ill-gotten wealth bought him the influence to make him useful in the Cold War).

        There is no way to forge a 70 year-old document to rehabilitate the man no matter how much you wish Yamamoto was a tragic saint (he was anything but).

        And there is no way a digitized wiki-entry from 2012 overrides mountains of 70 year-old documents from the time period.

        And yet, to this day, the rehabilitation of Yamamoto stumbles on, solely based on the testimony of a defeated Japanese war-criminal under the threat of the gallows (what did you expect him to say?!) and a bunch of half-baked quotes and sentiments whose evidentiary basis is a Wikilink, which links to a 2000ish website, which refers to a book written in the 1960s, which is based on an “original letter” and a “diary” written by Yamamoto…which does not exist.

        And supposedly “smart” people eat this up.

        This is a joke.

        Somebody tell me it’s a joke.

      • David Pittelli says:

        Rykehaven,

        No one here denies Yamamoto’s war guilt; he did push for and lead the attack on Pearl Harbor. I am no expert on modern Japanese history and suffer from access only to sources on the internet, which are not always well footnoted. So I make no definitive claim here. But I will say that what Yamamoto was seen to write publicly, in time of war, says very little about his actual beliefs. No general says the new war will go badly. Yamamoto especially would have to be as jingoistic as anyone given his earlier opposition to war, and given the nature of Japan at that time, when even before the war politicians and other leaders were killed for insufficient jingoism. I did find this article more nuanced than either of the positions shown here:
        http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/07/opinion/a-reluctant-enemy.html?pagewanted=all

  21. Kerry says:

    Bob, I believe you mean Yamamoto. (Although the Yamato was a vessel. Probably resting on the bottom somewhere.)

    • Rykehaven says:

      Yeah, so much for the vaunted Yamato Master race.

      I especially loved the Heerman’s “mission kill” against the IJN Yamato, which famously retreated with its tail between its legs against the attack of an adversary less than 30 times its size.

  22. Dandapani says:

    Once again we prove the American Marketplace with millions of individual decisions is thousands of times smarter than a few hundred elites sitting in their ivory towers.

    This is our polite way of telling them to STFU!

  23. Archangel of War says:

    Great article. But I think it was Isoroku Yamamoto, not “Yamato”. He said, “You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.”–Admiral Yamamoto to Prime Minister Tojo, During World War II

  24. Chester County Farmer says:

    Taste of things to come.

    When I looked around the Chick-Fil-A I ate lunch at yesterday I realized that this is simply a glorious trial run for November 6th.

    The left has plenty to fear.

    Does the 2010 “shellacking,” as the Failure-In-Chief described it, ring a bell?

    This time it’s the Liberty Bell.

  25. Stephen Hinson says:

    A cup of Earl Grey with my Chick Fil-A.

  26. Col. Sanders (NOT :-) says:

    There is exactly one (1) Chick-fil-A in New Hampshire.

  27. David Murray says:

    Good column! Did you mean a “smattering” of people?

  28. Whiz says:

    I hope this buycott is telling us the quietly fed up American people will turn out in droves in November to put the pretender out of office. Don’t forget the House and Senate races also. We can’t effect change without majorities there.

  29. RebeccaH says:

    I love my American people!

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  31. Buzz says:

    I support Chick-fil-A and the buycott, but your two photos cannot possibly be 14 hours apart. All you did was walk up the road a bit. (Look at the tire marks on the pavement.) Based on the evidence they were taken at best only a few minutes apart.

    In the traffic on the right the maroon GMC SUV has barely moved position, and in the oncoming line waiting to turn left into the parking lot the red pickup truck changes from third in line to second in line.

    Why resort to such obvious fakery or misleading commentary to make your point?

    • Bob says:

      Under the first photo, it reads,

      “It’s been like this since 6:00 AM.”

      It was 8:15 PM.

      The caption of the second photo states:

      14 hours after they opened, the traffic into this Chick Fil-A shows no signs of stopping.

      I never claimed nor implied that these photos were 14 hours apart.

      • Buzz says:

        Bob

        Indeed you’re right. My sincere apologies for misreading that opening. (My fault, not yours.)

        There’s an old proverb about it being better to be thought a fool than opening one’s mouth to remove all doubt. That’s how I feel at the moment.

  32. Robert says:

    Politicians beware. Those same long lines will be evident in November. “We the People” are fed up with the status quo. We abhor Political Correctness. We are tired of continually increasing government regulation of our lives and property. We are not just Republicans. Many of us are newly minted Independents, made up of Reagan Democrats and Zell Miller Democrats, and people of religion of all flavors. The “Tea Party” is more of an attitude than an organization. “Taxed Enough Already” is a broad enough concept to unite everyone disaffected with intrusive government conduct at all levels.

  33. david7134 says:

    I tried to get on the interstate in Monroe, LA. A normal 5 minute effort took over 30 minutes due to the traffic (this is a farm town). They had cops out trying to sort through the traffic. You could not even see the Chick. I feel that election is going to be a rout.

  34. Tim Fredrikson says:

    There cannot be just ONE opinion in the United States of America … but, EVERYBODY is entitled to state THEIR OWN opinion!! Just as thousands of people stated just that, by thronging to, & supporting the “buycott”, & making it quite clear to the drooling idiots who seem to think that only their own twisted opinion can be expressed!! Mister cathey merely stated HIS OWN opinion, & NOT any policy of Chick-Fil-A!! So, for these idiots to proclaim a boycott was a serious mistake on their part!! We live in a nation where we are free to state what we think openly, & those who do not understand that … well they can just leave!! I am not a fan of homosexual marriage, but I also believe that there is indeed a FREEDOM OF CHOICE … & that is what this nation is built upon!! Some of my friends were mocking the “buycott” & saying that probably 10% of the people in all the photos were homosexuals … & if that is indeed the case, it certainly looked to me like THEY WERE WAITING IN LINE TO BUY CHICK-FIL-A!!! FREE SPEECH … LOVE IT, OR LEAVE IT!!!

  35. richard40 says:

    The real irony is the CEO’s gay views really are not all that popular, but the extreme fascist speech suppression tactics of the left ended up turning what many still think of as an anti gay bigot into a fearless champion of free speech. When will the left finally learn to slowly build concensus and political support, and ally themselves with libertarians who consistently defend freedom, including free speech, as the NRA did on gun control, instead of their dirty speech suppression tactics. The left managed to turn many libertarians and centrists, who ordinarily might have been sympathetic to gay mariage, into defenders of chick filla.

  36. richard40 says:

    I am wondering whether other businesses will realize that it can be an efective marketing strategy to prevoke some idiot leftist politician to try and ban your business for your speech.

  37. werewife says:

    My bad luck to be just north of New York City. The closest Chickfila we have is all the way over the bridge in Passaic, New Jersey. And I’m shomer Shabbat, so I could only go on a Sunday, the day they all close to honor their own Sabbath. But if I had one within striking distance, yesterday I would have eaten my first non-kosher meat in twenty-seven years. With no reluctance at all, as surely G-d treasures the freedom of all His children over one holiness requirement for a small group of them.

    What it all comes down to: The rest of us are just utterly bloody sick of being told what to do, say, think, and feel by our “betters.” Hell, I have fancy degrees too, three of them, one from the high-and-mighty NYU, and NO school confers a credential that makes anyone worth more in the eyes of G-d. While we’re at it, money doesn’t buy human worth, either.

    • Robert S. says:

      I thoroughly enjoyed your comment Werewife. Regardless of our religious affiliation, the one thing we enjoy in this country is our right to practice those beliefs as we see fit as long as it doesn’t endanger the lives of others orbecome abusive toward women or children ( like thos compounds out West ). Other than that, the “thought police” in the mayoral offices in Chicago, Boston, Washington DC, and San Francisco need to realize that the “silent majority” will be silent no more. We have a right to believe as we see fit and should not be shunned for our traditional values.

  38. punditius says:

    I just hope there are enough of us come November. The problem with living in Chicago is that it’s hard to keep in view what the rest of the country is like, and no hope of ousting the Democrats so long as their coalition of parasites can be held together. I’ve watched over the last few decades, as the liberal stain has spread into the suburbs, too.

    I went into the sole Chicago CFA around 830 last night. About 40 people in line. And the line stayed at 40 people till I left. Down the street, a normally crowded MacDonald’s had about 20 people inside. What was interesting at the CFA was the number of blacks in line – I hadn’t expected that at all, and it was heartening – maybe more of them will get off the Democratic plantation in November. But it won’t be enough to make a difference in Illinois.

    (My CFA Deluxe was tasty. Lots of salt & fat, and under 500 calories!)

  39. mystere says:

    I tried to go to 3 CFAs during the day for my meals; in each case, they were packed full. The last one, in Cerritos California, had to turn me and others away due to overcrowding before closing. They gave me a coupon for a milkshake to be redeemed in the future.

    Even the infamous mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villa became quite nervous over the support for CFA.

  40. Bud Norton says:

    “I’m Sparta-clucks!” “I’m Sparta-clucks!” “No, I’m Sparta-clucks!” Etc.