Brian Darling

But when Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy dared respond to a direct question by saying that he was “supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit,” the feathers flew. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Boston Mayor Tom Menino declared their cities Chick-fil-A-free zones. Hollywood funnyman Ed Helms, Glee actress Jane Lynch, actress Lindsay Lohan and reality star Kim Kardashian called for Chick-fil-A boycotts. And holier-than-thou gay rights activists tweeted hate-filled messages and posted hateful videos galore. No surprise there. Since California’s Proposition 8, attempts to destroy anybody who publicly disagrees with them has become the norm for the pro-gay marriage lobby.

Meanwhile, back in Washington, federal lawmakers concentrated on doing what they do best: wasting more of your tax dollars. Heritage Foundation investigative reporter Lachlan Markay notes that “the federal government has financed a multi-million dollar ad campaign in New York City and elsewhere attacking sugary soft drinks. But legislation passed last week continues subsidizing sugar producers, and allows food stamp recipients to buy soda and other supposedly unhealthy foods with taxpayer money.”

So D.C. spends your money to demonize sugar as it subsidizes sugar production and consumption. Call it sugar-coated Crony Capitalism.

Also curious is the so-called “Farm Bill” now before Congress. Fully 80 percent of the money in this bill would flow not to farms, but to food stamps (the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program). Federal rules do not prohibit recipients from using food stamps in fast food restaurants, so in some states with flexible food stamp rules, tax dollars are probably being used to purchase Chick-fil-A sandwiches. How long before a bullying liberal in Congress gets wind of this “outrage” and introduces a measure requiring states to ban the use of food stamps on Chick-fil-A?

A better policy would be for politicians to stay out of the business of judging the political views of corporate CEOs and stop subsidizing every aspect of life. In the next week, I fully expect to eat a Chick-fil-A sandwich after consuming my daily Starbuck’s latte. I’ll also use Microsoft products in my job (promoting conservative causes). I really don’t care about the politics of any of these companies’ executives. I just love their products.

Brian Darling

Brian Darling is Sr. Vice President for Third Dimension Strategies, a strategic communications public relations firm in Washington, D.C. Darling served as Sr. Communications Director and Counsel for Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) from 2012-15. Before his tenure with Sen. Paul, Darling served in three different capacities with The Heritage Foundation. Follow him @BrianHDarling on Twitter.