Morning Briefing: August 2nd, 2012
By Steve Deace
Lessons from Chick-fil-a Appreciation Day
Already there is talk that not only did Chick-fil-a enjoy the most lucrative day in its history on August 1st, but it might have set a world record for business done by a fast food chain in one day
There are several lessons to be learned from this.
1. While even the most optimistic expectations were exceeded, the fact that it was a success at all should only surprise the liberal media and ruling class that only leave the New York City-Washington, D.C. radius to attend a movie premiere in Hollywood, or a carbon emissions conference via jet fuel in France. The Cathy family that owns Chick-fil-a took a stand for marriage, which to the best of my knowledge is the only undefeated issue in American politics at 32-0. So the only people that should be shocked a successful company taking a stand for the most successful issue in contemporary American politics was a success, are the foolish people that try to punish success to advance some Marxian version of “fairness.”
2. Years ago the homosexual movement’s manifesto After the Ball was written, which laid out in vivid detail how it planned to corrupt the culture by making those caught in the snare of same-sex attraction out to be victims of their Christian oppressors. Up until recently the immorality peddlers have followed this sinister plan to the letter, and have become arguably the most successful cultural movement in contemporary American politics by doing so. In recent years the immorality peddlers have all but taken over the Democrat Party, and are making inroads within the Republican Party as well.
However, the Chick-fil-a controversy may be a breaking point where the movement’s reach has exceeded its grasp. If I had to guess, I would say at least some of the people that boosted Chick-fil-a’s bottom line on August 1st either aren’t Christians, or are the kinds of Christians that go to churches out in the suburbs trying to “nice” the culture to death by turning the Gospel into a self-help book. What drove these people to wait in line for hours, when you can’t normally get them to wait in line for 15 minutes to vote for a committed Christian/conservative in a primary, is they are fed up with the bullying tactics of the anti-bullying crowd. The homosexual movement is now basically saying anybody that believes the Bible is true or doesn’t completely embrace every aspect of its agenda is a bigot and a hatemonger. Well, that’s a lot of people, and not all of those people are even Republicans let alone conservatives.
Not to mention the homosexual movement experienced a post-modern boomerang effect via Chick-fil-a. After trying to convince the culture for a generation there are no moral absolutes thus their perspective ought to be equally valid to everyone else’s, they’re now trying to advance their own fundamentalist dogma with hostility and the very intolerance they built their street cred claiming to be victims of. In other words, they’re starting to look like the Christian straw men they’ve been propagandizing for years. They’re victims of their own success. They successfully made the case no one has an exclusive claim on truth, but are now trying to claim they do.
People are smart enough to see the hypocrisy in that, and have grown weary of their Alinskyesque tactics. If the immorality peddlers aren’t careful they’ll turn their Christian oppressors into the very victims they would prefer to be.
3. It took a while, but courtesy of Chick-fil-a we finally saw our first real sign of economic growth since the Obama Regime took office.
4. Republicans across the country missed a golden opportunity to capitalize on the outpouring of support for Chick-fil-a. It used to be the Republicans were at least smart enough to pander when it came to cultural forces of nature like this. Now they’re so mired in their own gutlessness they were largely no-shows while whole blocs of potential voters gathered together en masse nationwide. Notice Texas conservative Ted Cruz had Chick-fil-a at his primary victory party Tuesday night, but Mitt Romney was nowhere to be found.
This was yet another chance for Romney to reach out to his base that wants to be reached out to with low-lying fruit, and he chose to punt. Just like he did the North Carolina marriage vote and the Wisconsin recall election. Obama may be so bad that Romney won’t need these people to win the general election, but you can bet a President Romney will need that base while the Left and their P.R. department called the media begins ruthlessly attacking him the second he takes office. Given how little he’s been there for those people he probably shouldn’t count on them all that much. They may vote for him, but they’re not carrying his water at this point.
In my own state my Republican governor lent his name to a homosexual-transsexual-questioning conference aimed at kids. That’s right—kids. But he was nowhere to be seen standing up for any of the Chick-fil-a stores in Iowa. I’m sure the Republican congressional leadership that holds fundraisers with pro-homosexual groups would’ve loved to support Chick-fil-a, but they had a tee-time and a porterhouse/martini lunch with a lobbyist they just couldn’t miss.
Squishy Republicans thinking about abandoning marriage and morality should take a long look at the long lines at Chick-fil-a.
5. When someone like Mike Huckabee takes a strong public stand for Chick-fil-a when they’re being invaded by the tolerance mob, it just further goes to highlight how wholly inadequate the current alternative to the Obama Regime really is (as well as the gutless GOP leadership in Congress for that matter). For goodness sakes, Romney was even silent while mayors tried to smear a successful American company that produces jobs this economy needs. How many companies around the country could use the business Chick-fil-a got yesterday, and Romney chose not to highlight that. If the guy won’t take a stand in an election when it’s easy and would benefit him, it kind of makes you wonder what stand he’d actually take while in office when it’s much tougher. The Mike Huckabee we saw the past two weeks during this controversy would’ve won the Republican presidential nomination and beaten Obama had he felt called to run.
6. Finally my fellow patriots, remember days like this when you feel like the culture is collapsing beyond repair, and those who would seek to destroy everything good this country ever stood for are winning. Remember this all began because the Cathy family took a stand, and then Huckabee stood up for them. Boldness rallies people. Principles inspire people. This is how we win. We need to stop being content with begging for the incremental crumbs at the ruling class’ table. We need to start taking a stand and realize had we done things like this all along the future for our children and grandchildren would not be in peril today. We have no more excuses for surrendering this country—none. We’ve had the means all along to stop this nosedive towards Gomorrah. We’ve only lacked the will/confidence to do what must be done. If we don’t build on events like this, future generations will rise up and judge us for it—and they should. Let this be a rallying cry. Not on our watch!
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