Double Down on Stupid
Yesterday, one of the politicians who uses the Constitution for toilet paper decided that mere newspaper reporting that made him look like a Soviet apparatchik was not good enough. Proco “Joe” Moreno took to the pages of the Chicago Tribune to remove any doubt:
Home Depot in the 2500 block of North Elston Avenue wants to sell a piece of its land so that a Chick-fil-A restaurant can open in the 1st Ward, where I am alderman. It would be the fast-food chain’s first “stand-alone” Chicago restaurant. But to subdivide the land, the companies need my approval.
Initially, I had some traffic concerns with their plan. But then I heard the bigoted, homophobic comments by Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy, who recently came out against same-sex marriage.
There are consequences for one’s actions, statements and beliefs. Because of this man’s ignorance, I will deny Chick-fil-A a permit to open a restaurant in my ward.
Because his name is apparently an anagram for “petty tyrant.” If ignorance were a reason to deny someone something, Alderman Moreno would never be allowed to roam the streets without an ankle monitor and a nanny who could help him read hard words on traffic signs like “stop” and “yield.”
Obviously, Cathy has the right to believe, say and give money to whatever cause he wants. But my belief in equality is resolute, and if I were to take the easy way out and turn a blind eye to his remarks, I would be turning my back on the principles I stand for.
Those principles being government control and suppression of ungood thoughts and beliefs.
Chick-fil-A did put out a damage-control response, which was basically worthless lip service. If company officials read this commentary, they most likely will come back with the trite corporate accusation, which is rolled out every time a business has a problem with government: “Ald. Moreno doesn’t care about jobs.”
Actually, they will probably come out with the untrite response, “Ald. Moreno doesn’t care about freedom of religion, speech, or association,” followed by, “see you in court.”
Nothing could be further from the truth. I am proud of my track record on promoting and assisting businesses to open and grow in the 1st Ward. I would argue that a company with such overtly bigoted beliefs is bad for business and jobs in the 1st Ward, not the reverse.
“Bigoted beliefs.” I am getting truly sick of hearing this, especially from yobs like Moreno, whose bigotry toward those who don’t believe as he does is palpable. I think the word that applies here is “projection.” It’s obvious that Moreno (and lots of his like-minded liberals) genuinely hate those who disagree with them. They hate conservatives, they hate Republicans, they hate traditional Christians, they hate Second Amendment advocates, they hate those who support smaller (and less tyrannical) government, they hate pro-lifers, they hate pretty much anyone who doesn’t toe their ideological line. That being the case, they assume that those on the other side must hate anyone who doesn’t conform as well. It is beyond their comprehension, for instance, that those who oppose gay marriage don’t hate gays, so they must, by definition, be bigots. From now on, whenever we hear someone call those who oppose gay marriage bigots or hateful, we should all call back, “PROJECTION! PROJECTION!”
I represent a diverse, forward-thinking community, and I’m sure the majority of 1st Warders find Cathy’s comments and attitude repugnant. Even if I did give Chick-fil-A the go-ahead, I suspect many in my community wouldn’t spend their dollars there.
But since I’m the Big Cheese in this here district, and what I say goes, I’m not going to give those who disagree the opportunity to demonstrate that disagreement by allowing my constituents to vote with their dollars. No, sir, in this district, my word is law!
I know my decision may anger or annoy some people. It’s just a chicken place, they will say. But I believe Chick-fil-A should really reconsider its platform on gay issues. Equality for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people is the civil rights issue of our generation. This decision is me taking a stand.
No, it’s not just a “chicken place.” It’s freedom. Not that I’d expect a Soviet apparatchik to understand a concept like that.
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