Thursday, July 26, 2012

July 26, 2012

A Sister Souljah Moment for Obama: Defend Chick-fil-A
by Mark Hemingway
July 25, 2012

It's no secret that things are not going well for the Obama campaign. The President has been forced to veer to the left on gay marriage, immigration and a host of issues to shore up his base. And even as unemployment is ticking ominously upward, gaffes and ill thought out statements on the economy—"the private sector's doing fine" and "you didn't build that"—are confirming the suspicions of independents and moderates that Obama really is the redistributionist radical that his critics have been warning about.

The fact remains that this is a center-right country and if you're a Democratic president who appears beholden to the left, you're in trouble. If you want to reassure voters, you have to establish your independence. Bill Clinton famously did this in 1992, when rapper Sister Souljah told the Washington Post in reference to the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, "If Black people kill Black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?" Clinton seized on her statement and condemned it in a speech to Jesse Jackson Sr.'s Rainbow Coalition saying, "If you took the words ‘white’ and ‘black,’ and you reversed them, you might think David Duke was giving that speech.” Was this a calculated moment? Perhaps, but Clinton was lauded for courageously speaking out. In the end, Clinton reassured centrist and right-leaning voters that he was not beholden to Democratic race hustlers at odds with the values of middle America.

Obama could really use a Sister Souljah moment of his own -- and he's got an opportunity for one staring him right in the face: The President should to ride to the defense of Chick-fil-A.

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Hey, Boston, Leave Chick-Fil-A Alone
by Michelle Malkin
July 25, 2012

It’s one thing for Hollywood moppets and television Muppets to protest Chick-fil-A over the fast-food chain president’s support for traditional marriage. They’re private citizens and entities. But when an elected public official wields the club of government against a Christian business in the name of “tolerance,” it’s not harmless kid stuff. It’s chilling.

This week, Boston mayor Thomas Menino declared, “Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston.” He recklessly slandered the company by accusing it of “discriminat[ing] against the population.” And he warned ominously: “If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult — unless they open up their policies.”

Drawing on the city’s history, he railed against the restaurant empire’s plans to build a franchise near a famed path: “We’re an open city. We’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion. That’s the Freedom Trail. That’s where it all started right here. And we’re not going to have a company, Chick-fil-A or whatever the hell the name is, on our Freedom Trail.”

Poverty is on track to rise to the highest nationwide levels since the 1960s. Boston’s jobless rate has been stuck at 6 percent. The city’s May employment numbers were revised downward for the second month in a row; in June, the city shed 2,600 jobs. Chick-fil-A employs some 50,000 workers across the country at 1,500 outlets in nearly 40 states and the District of Columbia. The company generates more than $2 billion in annual revenues and serves millions of happy customers looking for affordable food in a family-friendly setting.

Menino must have a darned good reason for meddling with government-licensing decisions and turning away one of America’s most successful private employers, right?

Wrong. Menino’s beef with the beloved chicken-sandwich supplier is as full of holes as Chick-fil-A’s trademark waffle fries. It’s Menino who is engaging in blatant viewpoint and religious discrimination against an out-and-proud company whose leadership embraces Biblically based principles and values.

In an interview with the Baptist Press last month, Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy talked about his personal support of traditional family values and fidelity. “[Guilty] as charged,” he told the reporter. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

Twitter Buzz about Liberal Intolerance Towards Chick-Fil-A
July 26, 2012

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