Listen to the broadcast of You Tell Me on KTBB AM 600, Friday, August 3, 2012.
If you harbor any doubt as to how far we have strayed from the founding vision look no further than the story involving the fast food chain Chik-fil-A. Chik-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy recently gave an interview in which he affirmed his belief in the traditional definition of marriage.
He did not condemn homosexuality. He did not say that openly gay customers are unwelcome in his restaurants. He did not say that he refuses to hire openly gay employees. He did not speak a single word of condemnation against anyone who supports same-sex marriage. In fact, Dan Cathy spoke nary a word on the subject of homosexuality at all.
He simply said that he believes that marriage should be defined as the union of one woman and one man in a monogamous relationship. Which is to say he affirmed over 5,000 years of human experience and articulated the position held by as much as two thirds of the population.
Immediately the city fathers of Chicago, Boston and Washington, D.C. — Democrats all — donned the municipal brass knuckles and waved them in Chik-fil-A’s face. Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno said, “Because of this man’s ignorance, I will now be denying Chik-fil-A’s permit to open a restaurant in the First Ward.” That sentiment was echoed by Chicago mayor and former Obama chief-of-staff Rahm Emannuel.
Said mayor Tom Menino of Boston (the city that is home to the Freedom Trail), “If they need licenses in this city, it will be very difficult.”
So there it is, out in the open – holders of elective office arrogating to themselves the power of medieval earls, complete with the sole and arbitrary power to reward those that they favor and to punish those that they don’t. They might as well have said, “Nice little chicken stand you have here. Be a shame if anything happened to it.”
Presumably, inasmuch as until a couple of months ago President Obama held the same position on gay marriage as Chik-fil-A, Alderman Moreno and Mayor Menino would have also denied President Obama a license to open a business in their burgs.
(To be fair, Menino of Boston has grudgingly backed off. Emmauel and Moreno, however, are unapologetic.)
So much, at least in those precincts, for the idea of a constitutional republic. So much for the protections of the first amendment. So much for due process and equal protection under the law. Dare you utter any apostasy against the dogma of the ruling elite and you shall suffer the consequences.
When a business owner dares not speak his mind for fear of economic loss at the hands of government overlords, freedom is forfeit. Secular liberals should take no delight in the momentary discomfort of Dan Cathy, a Christian conservative. Their moment awaits. Once the rule of law may be safely disregarded by those sworn to uphold it, it is only a matter of time before the sacred oxen of the left come to be gored by the same disregard.
That these big city mayors would threaten reprisal against a CEO for the “crime” of him having freely stated his opinion should sound an alarm. It should call our attention to the fact that many in high places in government have become unashamedly untethered from the restraints of law and the constitution.
The word “tyranny” was used frequently by the founders because they understood that it is the nature of man that those in positions of power naturally gravitate toward it. There will always be more Joe Morenos in the world than there will be angels and the founders knew it.
That egregious illustrations of this fact come from members of the same political party constitutes either a grand, unfortunate coincidence – or a telling look into the ethos of that party.
You can decide which.