Saturday, August 4, 2012

Chick-Fil-A, Liberal Intolerance and a Priest Named Francesco

     As I stood in line at my local Chick-Fil-A on Wednesday to show my support for Dan Cathy and his company, I thought about the complete intolerance of those on the left. When Mr. Cathy expressed his belief in traditional marriage on a Baptist radio program, the left called it hate-speech. Mr. Cathy was speaking for himself and did not demonize homosexuals. But the left did not afford him the same respect for having an opinion that differed from their own. This kind of intolerance has become the cornerstone of modern-day Liberalism. This intolerance is illustrated every day by the vile and despicable manner in which Democrat politicians and the Liberal media treat Sarah Palin, Clarence Thomas and most Conservatives who have the audacity to express an opinion that is contrary to Liberal talking points. This kind of demonization of their opposition has been increasing over the last 30 years, mainly because the left cannot support their positions with substantive arguments. It's one of the most important rules in Rules For Radicals by Sol Olinsky, President Obama's favorite book. Instead of debating their opposition, they merely criminalize their opinions and try to isolate them from the mainstream of political discourse.
     This Liberal intolerance is further evidenced by the man who called himself Adam Smith. "Mr. Smith" went through the drive-thru at a Chick-Fil-A and in a not too clever attempt to make a point about the hate he perceived the company to be spreading, harassed the girl at the window and spewed his own brand of leftist hatred. Then he made a point of saying that he wasn't gay, as if he would have been embarrassed by that. Therein lies the difference between Conservatives and Liberals. As Conservatives we use intelligence guided by experience to illustrate how the left is wrong. Liberals on the other hand, say that Conservatives are evil and hateful for having a differing opinion from theirs. This demonization is all that is available to people who don't have substantive arguments to bring to the arena of ideas.
     As a boy I was friends with an Italian Priest name Francesco. I don't know what was his political ideology, but he said something which started me thinking about how the free market works for the good of all involved. He said that if someone makes a god product that people want to buy, the person's ideology doesn't detract from the quality of that product. This is the core morality of capitalism, someone provides a product or service at a price that others are willing to pay and a transaction occurs. The market will weed out bad actors because people won't buy their goods and services if they are not perceived to be a good value by the potential customer. Very little government involvement is needed for this to happen.
     In the marketplace of ideas, the Liberal product cannot compete so they must coerce people to "buy"  it.  This is why unions have to force people to join and how Obamacare was passed with over 60 percent of the American people to this day being desirous of its repeal. Chick-Fil-A has extolled the same values since its founding almost 70 years ago. If they were so hateful and out of the mainstream, their business would not have been so successful. "Adam Smith" on the other hand has found himself unemployed due to his harassment of a Chick-Fil-A employee who was only trying to serve him. But I am sure that Dan Cathy would not hold it against him and probably would give him a job in one of his restaurants.

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