While liberals claim to be the guardians of tolerance; and are always quick to put up their battle cry of “Intolerance” when anyone speaks their mind about things with which liberals disagree. The reality is that their tolerance is only for those who agree with their point of view, for these liberal hypocrites, tolerance is a one-way street. Two recent examples are the recent hoopla over the comments of Dan Cathy, the CEO of Chick-Fil-A who committed the sin of stating his belief in the traditional, no “Biblical”, definition of marriage. Oh the liberals began screaming that this man was a hate monger and of course began a push to boycott Chick-Fil-A restaurants.
Let’s not forget that there was also a controversy stirred up over comments made by Rush Limbaugh a few months ago, when he called a female college student a whore and a slut. This was after she gave some self-serving statements to a group of congressional Democrats, gathered up by Nancy Pelosi, into a pseudo-committee hearing, with the expressed purpose of getting the young woman’s comments in the congressional record, as well as in front of the news media. This was Pelosi’s end run after a real congressional committee declined to allow the student to testify on behalf of taxpayer-funded birth control, because she was not an expert witness. Liberals, even those who had publically called Conservative women like Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman those same names with complete impunity, screamed for Limbaugh’s head.
So what do these two seemingly different events have in common? Simple, in both cases the (in)tolerant left attempted to organize boycotts. With Limbaugh, the left pressured advertisers to drop their advertising on Limbaugh’s number one rated radio program or be boycotted. With Chick-Fil-A they called for people not to patronize the fast food chain. The result in both cases was not only a complete failure to get their way, but the attempted boycotts backfired and the outcomes were the opposite of what the liberals had wanted.
In the Limbaugh case, some advertisers bowed to the pressure applied by the left, and those advertisers ultimately paid a heavy price for their actions. One example is Carbonite, an online data backup service provider, whose CEO now admits that dropping advertising on the Rush Limbaugh show hurt their bottom line much more than expected, and many other advertisers who dropped their ads have indicated similar negative results. At the same time, the number of advertisers wanting to get on the Limbaugh show actually grew as a result of the controversy, with Limbaugh turning many away, and refusing to take back those who quickly saw the error of their ways.
Now, when the leftist media twisted the words of Dan Cathy, the CEO of Chick-Fil-A, from an endorsement of traditional marriage, into a make-believe gay-bashing story, they only succeeded in putting their feet in their collective mouths. These talking heads and their mindless followers still haven’t learned that they are the minority in this country. That their ideas are not those of the majority of Americans and that this otherwise “silent” majority will drown out the screaming liberals with their money, supporting those with whom they agree, and starving out those who don’t share their values or try to coerce them.
When the media and the LGBT crowd screamed for a boycott of Chick-Fil-A, the backlash was swift and I’m sure surprising to these nit-wits who just won’t learn from history. When the media firestorm erupted, former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, started a campaign to support the beleaguered chain with a “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation day” to be held on August 1st. The result was staggering; with the chain seeing record-breaking sales on Wednesday, including many locations actually running out of food. Read about it here & here. Not surprisingly, the mainstream media has been all but silent about this incredible show of support.
What I do find surprising is that other corporations are stupid enough to get in on the wrong side of the issue. A Wendy’s franchise owner with 86 locations in North and South Carolina had a number of their stores put up “”We stand with Chick-fil-A” signs. But when word got out, Wendy’s corporate officials put pressure on the franchisee to remove the signs, and later those same officials sent an email to WBTV, in Charlotte, North Carolina saying…
“This is one independent franchisee’s personal opinion. We are proud to serve customers of varied races, backgrounds, cultures and sexual orientation, with different beliefs and values, bearing that in mind, this franchisee has decided to remove the messages from his restaurant signs.”
What these corporate dorks fail to understand is that Chick-Fil-A is likewise proud to serve all their customers without regard to any of those stated differences. The franchisee that showed support for Chick-Fil-A is far more in step with public sentiment, and a truly inclusive mind-set, than the corporate dorks who sent that email.