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Many people consider that the recent actions and comments of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Mayor Edwin Lee from S.F., California, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno, and Philthydelphia City Councilman Jim Kenney are unacceptable. In fact many feel their actions have discriminated against Chick-Fil-A’s Dan Cathy.
Should they choose to be complicit in the calls to boycott Chick-Fil-A, and impede the expansion off the Chick-Fil-A franchise in their respective cities then it will be at their own financial peril.
By publicly admitting they will do everything in their power to stop Chick-Fil-A from opening more stores in their cities, just because they do not agree with Dan Cathy’s position on what constitutes a marriage, the aforementioned politicians stomped on Cathy’s right to express his opinion. Not to mention they have imposed a form of blackmail on the Chick-Fil-A franchise by impinging their personal values and religious beliefs on a privately owned business.
They have shown that they lack the integrity to treat people fairly and equally, no matter what their beliefs are. Truth be told, Dan Cathy didn’t slander the Gay-BLT community, he didn’t discriminate against them, all he did was express his preference for marriages that are comprised of a man and a woman. Their calls for a ban on the Chick-Fil-A franchise and threats to impede their future business opportunities in the Boston and Chicago Areas have crossed the line of objectivity for political figures.
Irregardless of their political affiliations, politicians are obligated to represent their constituents in their entirety. They are not elected to grow the interests of a single faction at the expense of other. If that is what they believe; then they need to step down from their elected offices, because they lack the objectivity to do their jobs. Smarter men would have framed the argument in a more diplomatic manner; men of diplomacy would have opened a dialogue, and let their constituents vocalize their opinions on the matter.
The outcome of their cheekiness is that on August 1st when Dan Cathy’s supporters gather at Chick-Fil-A to support him in opposition to the pomposity of windbags like Menino, Emanuel, Lee, Keeney, and Moreno, there will be a dialogue that starts a conversation about boycotting the cities and states of elected officials who choose to dabble in boycotting businesses.
There is going to be push back about how the constituents of the entire nation can financially punish a state, and its electorate, for allowing the pompous windbags who hold political office in their cities and state to rabble rouse without being held accountable.
The best way to do that is to isolate that city and state until the constituents hold their rabble rousers accountable. Cities like Boston, Massachusetts, though not entirely, rely on tourist dollars. Bostonusa.com reported a total of $8.3 billion in spending impact from domestic and international visitors for 2011. They expect that number to grow by almost 3% in 2012. Supporters of Chick-FIl-A are going to be asked to prevent that growth from happening. In 2010, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s office reported that the number of tourists that visited Chicago declined by nearly a half of a million visitors. Philadelphia and San Francisco are among the top tourist destinations in the U.S. as well. Those who are allied with Chick-Fil-A are going to be asked to help reduce the amount of tourism in such states and cities.
Chick- Fil-A supporters are going to be asked if they will help to put these pompous windbags in their place. They are going to be asked to hurt them where it counts. They are going to be asked to spend their vacation dollars elsewhere. A nationwide effort is going to be conducted asking Chick-Fil-A supporters and supporters of traditional marriage if they will support a pledge to spend their vacation dollars in places other than the states where elected officials want to trample on the rights afforded to people under the first amendment. .
Not only will a pledge be circulated to boycott travel and tourism to the Boston and Chicago areas on August 1st at the “Support Chick-Fil-a Day,” but the concept will be circulated via e-mail twitter, youtube, and any other manner deemed appropriate.
The people of these communities have every right to be apprised as to why their tourism revenues are about to shrink. Citizens who work in the hospitality industry, gift shop owners, those who own hotels, and motels, and any other entity that will be affected by the boycott are encouraged to contact their representatives and ask them to apologize for their lack of objectivity. Constituents are encouraged to tell their elected officials to make amends to Chick-Fil-A by publicly acknowledging that their actions and words were inexcusable. Constituents should encourage their elected officials to encourage those who have boycotted Chick-Fil-A to patronize the franchise once again.
Get out there and encourage your representatives to do the right thing, all the politicians do is run their mouths in order to maintain the cushy seats they occupy. At the end of the day, the business owners and the employees are the ones who will suffer if this boycott goes forth.
If your representative does not care enough about your well being, then let them know they will not receive your support the next time they are up for re-election.
That is the funny thing about boycotts, they work both ways. As long as there are bureaucrats that are willing to use class warfare as a tool to influence the norms of our society, there will be opponents to ensure that they do not abuse our political system.