By now, anyone half-awake has heard about the Chick-fil-A controversy. What you may not have heard is that the survival of the Chick-fil-A company in the face of an all-out boycott campaign conducted by the allied forces of political correctness spells trouble for President Obama.
Three things connect Obama to the disastrous Chick-fil-A boycott. First, there is the high-profile involvement of his friends and Democrat allies in inserting government into the controversy. Second, the advent of government participation in the boycott raises the specter of totalitarianism in our domestic politics, thus connecting the boycott to other political issues.
And then there is the media’s black eye: Obama’s obvious reliance on the mass media to play the pied piper for his “four-more-years” parade is suddenly a lot more risky.
The fast-food company has thus far survived this vicious, hypocritical “anti-hate” campaign. The battle is not over, and the attempted boycott will continue to sputter along. Yet, Chic-fil-A occupies the high ground both morally and politically.
Let’s look at what happened. This is a story of elitist hubris and over-reach. What started as a controversy over one man’s religious views quickly morphed into the story of Democrat Party arrogance and mass media comeuppance. None of that is good news for Barack Obama.
Two weeks ago when the story broke about the Chick-fil-A president’s statement in support of traditional marriage, the Las Vegas odds against the company surviving the negative media attack must have been about 50-to-1. Consider what company CEO Dan Cathy had arrayed against him:
o The news media had his statement on tape, and the clip went “viral” on YouTube, so backtracking was impossible.
o The company has a record of financial support for avowedly Christian groups and opposition to gay marriage ballot initiatives like California’s Proposition 8.
o Gay and Lesbian organizations were condemning the company and asking for a nationwide boycott.
o The company’s long-time public relations chief dropped dead of a heart attack a few days into the media firestorm.
o The major news media, liberal blogs and late-night television shows were reporting only one side of the controversy and pretty openly supporting the boycott.
Then, suddenly, everything changed. Millions of ordinary folk were outraged by political correctness run amok. They decided the boycott is downright un-American, and to show their disapproval, they voted the only way they could, with their dollars. They flocked to Chick-fil-A stores everywhere.