Whew: the MSM finally explains the Chick-fil-A thing for us
When civic officials castigated a poultry vendor for agreeing with the President’s pre-evolved views on a social issue, and threatened to use the power of the state to ban commercial enterprises whose owners did not espouse the proper ideological position, you may have thought the issue was a question of free speech and individual conscience vs. the arbitrary whims of the regulatory state. Relax! It’s just a north vs. south thang. AP says:
When public officials in Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago tell a Southern icon such as Chick-fil-A that it's no longer welcome, and that Cathy should keep his opinions to himself, many in the Atlanta-based chain's home region hear more than a little northern condescension.
"Maybe the reaction is just because we're Southerners," said Rose Mason, who was lunching Friday at a Chick-fil-A in suburban Atlanta.
That’s the pith of the gist of the emanations of the penumbra of this dispatch, which gives readers a familiar narrative to explain the kerfluffle. Headline: “In stubborn flap over Chick-fil-A head's gay marriage comments, a side order of Southern pride.” Stubborn: the word you’d use for a mule. Southern pride: cue “Dixie,” with shirtless rednecks driving cars sporting Confederate flag decals.
But then there’s the David Frum column on the story, which makes me want to sing an Edwin Starr song: Frum! (HUH! Good GAWD y’all) / What does he stand for? / Absolutely nothin’ / Say it again!
Welcome to 21st century America, where everybody is a victim. Once upon a time, victim status was the reserved property of a few minority groups. No longer! Americans have opened the doors of self-pity to all. White or black, rich or poor, straight or gay, male or female: all believe themselves uniquely persecuted and oppressed.
This July, a humble fried chicken sandwich became the symbol of two competing persecution narratives: gays vs. Christians.
You know from the set-up that he’s pooh-poohing the idea that anyone’s persecuted; it’s self-pity. Oh boo-hoo the state won’t let him open a restaurant because of his values. Get a load of that guy.
Boston mayor Thomas Menino sent a letter to Cathy, urging him to abandon plans to locate restaurants in Boston.
Menino was seconded and thirded by Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and San Francisco mayor Edwin Lee. Chick-Fil-A, said Mayor Emanuel, did not represent “Chicago values” — and he invited them to stay away. Lee took to Twitter to express gratitude that the nearest Chick-Fil-A was located 40 miles away.
Now the controversy went white-hot. Mayors warning companies to stay out of town because the CEO had expressed a personal opinion on a public issue? Why that sounds like … “fascism!”, thundered Bill O’Reilly on Fox News.
Well, yes, it does, and just because you wave it away by attributing the characterization to O’Reilly doesn’t mean there’s not something unnerving here. No?
No, of course not. It’s them Jeebus people getting all thin-skinned again. He notes some commentators who ascribed the attack on CFA a slam against Christianity - don't know how they get that idea (warning on that link; naughty lingo) then screws in his monocle to regard it all with a sigh of disdain:
The controversy over same-sex marriage has been left behind, as we plunge into America’s newest favourite competition: America’s Next Top Victim.
If you needed one more example of why the American political system so tragically fails to solve real-world problems, here it is, wrapped up with pickles and served with waffle fries.
If you needed one more example of why the American media so tragically fails to understand real-world people, there it is. Pickled.