Last night, Allahpundit linked an interview with the man behind Chick-fil-A appreciation day, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. I don’t always agree with the charismatic social conservative, but this time he’s spot on; I encourage you to watch the video in its entirety. It’s only four minutes.
Huckabee made it clear that this was largely about freedom of speech, not about gay marriage, as some would spin it.
Just after the 2-minute mark, he says he’d love to ask the various urban politicians (who want to block Chick-fil-A from building franchises in their community) what gave them the “right to censor” commerce just because they disagreed with “someone who worked there.” Then, he points out that the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Ben and Jerry’s and Starbucks all “give generously” to support same-sex marriage, yet he still partakes of those products.
“I’m not buying their politics,” he emphasized, “I’m buying their products.” And that’s what I felt like last night when I joined a gay and a lesbian reader at the Chick-fil-A on Sunset & Highland in Hollywood.
How many products do we buy everyday with a full knowledge of the political views of the owners of the company show produces? On my desk, by this Apple computer, I see a variety of Uniball pens, Stabilo and Dixon Ticonderoga pencils, a Canon camera, a Sony digital recorder, a cup of coffee made from beans bought at Starbucks, a bowl which until recently contained McCann’s Irish Oatmeal.
I have been impressed by their quality of these products. Now, from Governor Huckabee’s interview, I learned that two of those products (the computer and the coffee) have CEOs who support state recognition of same-sex marriage. What do the CEOs of the other companies support? I don’t know. I do know that I like their products.
So, why is it all of sudden that some are singling out Chick-fil-A? Surely, other companies have social conservative CEOs? Should we know start surveying those CEOs and choose a product based on its owner’s or the product’s quality?
FROM THE COMMENTS: V the K quips that
After all of those years whining about politicians lecturing on “Family Values” you would think the left might have figured out that the other side doesnt care to hear shrill lectures about values from left-wing activists either.