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Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Faux Tolerance of the Left

"I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it." — Benjamin Franklin

By now most people who watch Fox News of read their news on the Internet have heard the comments of Democratic Virginia State Representative and Obama fund raiser Louise Lucas said on the John Fredericks Show, while discussing the presidential race.

Lucas accused Republican Mitt Romney on Friday of catering to people who don’t like the president because of his race:

What I’m saying to you is Mitt Romney, he’s speaking to a population of this — a segment of the population who does not like to see people other than a white man in the White House or in any other elected position.

Let’s be real clear about it, let’s be real clear about it, Mitt Romney is speaking to a group of people out there who don’t like folks like President Barack Obama in any elected or leadership position. We know what’s going on here, and … some people may be afraid to say it, but I’m not. I’m not afraid to say it. He’s speaking to that fringe out there who do not want to see anybody another than a white person in a leadership position,” she continued.

“Do you really believe now that this is still about race?” Fredericks asked her.

“I absolutely believe it is all about race,” Lucas replied. “And for the first time in my life I’ve been able to convince my children finally that racism is alive and well.”

“Even in Virginia?” he asked.

“In Virginia — how about all across this nation?” she replied. “And especially in Virginia.”

You can read more about her comments in the Daily Caller.

A poll released by Quinnipiac University on July 19th shows President Obama and Mitt Romney are tied 44-44 percent in the state of Virginia, meaning Romney has erased the eight-point margin Obama enjoyed in March.

Lucas, who told Fredericks she listens to MSNBC along with other networks, claimed that those who oppose Obama can't explain why they oppose him. She also claimed that "President Barack Obama did not create the situation that has us in this economic mess that we’re in.

"Everybody knows that this stuff happened under President George Bush, and they’re trying to dump on the president. But those people — intelligent people understand that President Barack Obama did not create this mess, and the mess that was created could not be solved in two or three or four years. Intelligent people understand that," she added.

But The Hill reported Monday that more than half blame Obama and his policies for the state of the economy and the slow recovery.

The poll, conducted for The Hill by Pulse Opinion Research, found 53 percent of voters say Obama has taken the wrong actions and has slowed the economy down. Forty-two percent said he has taken the right actions to revive the economy, while six percent said they were not sure, The Hill added.

According to that poll, only 18 percent said former President George W. Bush was to blame.

Lucas, however, claimed that "right thinking people know that this mess was not created by Barack Obama.

President Dan Cathy of Chick-fil-A made a statement that he was opposed to same-sex marriage and was immediately labeled a bigot and a homophobe by the media and politicians. First it was the Boston Mayor Tom Menino

And here’s the latest in the “Let’s Dogpile Chick-fil-A Because They‘re Totally ’Intolerant’” movement: “A Chicago alderman wants to kill Chick-fil-A’s plans to build a restaurant in his increasingly trendy Northwest Side ward because the fast-food chain’s top executive vocally opposes gay marriage.”

Yep, first Boston and now this.

“If you are discriminating against a segment of the community, I don’t want you in the 1st Ward,” Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno told the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday, referring to what he said were “bigoted, homophobic comments” from Cathy.

Is it company policy to deny members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) community employment? No. Does Chick-fil-A deny members of the LGBT community service? No. Outside of Cathy’s “intolerant,“ ”bigoted,“ and ”homophobic” comments, has Chick-fil-A — as a company – done anything to discriminate against the LGBT community? No. Did we redefine the word “discriminate” and nobody told us about it? Hmmm.

“Because of this man’s ignorance, I will now be denying Chick-fil-A’s permit to open a restaurant in the 1st Ward,” said the alderman.

Of course, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who, by the way, is doing a bang-up job running that city, supports Moreno.

“Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values,” Emanuel said in a statement. “They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents. This would be a bad investment, since it would be empty.”

Although the company has already obtained zoning for a restaurant, “it must seek council approval to divide the land so it can purchase an out lot near Home Depot,” the Tribune reports. This means they have to go through Moreno.

Although the company has already obtained zoning for a restaurant, “it must seek council approval to divide the land so it can purchase an out lot near Home Depot,” the Tribune reports. This means they have to go through Moreno.

When asked whether his decision to block Chick-fil-A over Cathy’s comments seemed contradictory to First Amendment rights, the alderman shrugged it off.

“You have the right to say what you want to say, but zoning is not a right,” he said, adding that it will take “more than words” to get him to change his mind.

“They’d have to do a complete 180,” the alderman said. “They’d have to work with LGBT groups in terms of hiring, and there would have to be a public apology from Cathy.”

The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA), Illinois’ leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights advocacy organization, which worked with Alderman Moreno in crafting the new policy, also said that Chick-Fil-A wasn’t willing to cater to the LGBT community.

“Those items included: an LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination policy, diversity and cultural competency training, parity in employee benefits that included benefits for couples in civil unions and domestic partnerships, appropriate and respectful advertising in the LGBT community, transgender inclusive health benefits, and rejection of any activities that would undermine the goal of equal rights for LGBT people,” said TCRA in a press release.

Mark our words — from Boston to Chicago — this is just the tip of the iceberg. If there’s one thing advocates of “tolerance” won’t tolerate, it’s people who, they say, are “intolerant” [good luck figuring that one out].

There is no evidence that Chick-fil-A has denied service to a member of the LGBT community or even queried ones sexual orientation when ordering a chicken sandwich. There is no evidence that Chick-fil-A has ever used discriminatory hiring practices or in promoting people. What is true, however, is that Cathy expressed his personal views on same sex marriage, views held by millions of Americans.

He does not have Bible verses posted in his restaurants and does not require me to show proof of Christianity upon entering. Right now MacDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, and In and Out Burger are spending millions to counter the free advertising Chick-fil-A is getting in the media. According to reports I have seen people are flocking to Cathy’s restaurants to show support for him. Also, I would be surprised if the mayors of Boston and Chicago denied Chick-fil-A permits based on Cathy’s opinions the law suits will not be far behind. This is great way for cities strapped for funds to waste the taxpayer’s money.

But in our world of political correctness this is not allowed. Bill Maher and Bob Beckel are free to say what they want. Peter Lewis of Progressive Insurance can give millions to left-wing causes and Barack Obama — he list goes on and on. If you criticize these advocates of “free speech” on he left you are chastised for being against the First Amendment and intolerant.

On the other hand the Koch Brothers and Bob Cathy are considered evil, intolerant, homophobes, bigots, and having Neanderthal brains. Louise Lucas calls those who oppose the policies of Barack Obama unintelligent racists.

The founder of Domino’s Pizza was a strong advocate for the right to life and donated millions to this cause. The late Carl Kartcher, the founder of Carl’sCarl_Karcher Jr. was an advocate for right to life and against same sex marriage. In 1978, he contributed 1 million dollars to California's anti-gay Proposition 6 initiative, also known as the Briggs Initiative. He was the initiative's biggest financial supporter. The proposition was a ballot measure requiring the termination of all gays and lesbians from employment in public schools. However, the initiative was defeated by over one million votes.

No one ever asked my political opinion of views on same sex marriage when I ordered a Super Star or pepperoni pizza. If you visit a Carl’s Jr. you will find all races and ethnic groups working there.

The tolerance of the left is only for people with similar views. They attack those with different views with a vengeance. If you have a view or opinion contrary to left you are considered a stupid racist or a homophobe and you should be silenced. If you attack their views you are guilty of McCarthyism. To the left only their views count. They claim to believe in diversity, but this diversity only works for them against people of differing views.

This political correctness is a cancer on our society. It stifles debate and in essence is a tyranny implemented by the left. It is present in our schools, colleges, the media, politics, and even some of our churches. It is synonymous with the thought police in George Orwell’s novel 1984.

As I have written before this political correctness began at the turn of the twentieth century at the Frankfurt School in Germany. The concept of PC was developed at the Institute for Social Research, in Frankfurt, Germany, in the early 1920s otherwise known as the Frankfurt School. The institute considered why communism in Russia was not spreading westward. The conclusion was that Western civilization, with its belief that the individual could develop valid ideas, was the problem. At the root of communism was the theory that all valid ideas came from the state, that the individual is nothing. The institute believed that the only way for communism to advance and spread was to help Western civilization destroy itself, or else force it to.

The socialist and communists knew they could not ram their ideology down the throats of the American people so they began to educate the educators in the ways of progressive and socialist thought. These educators began indoctrinating students, especially the ones in law and journalism in the ideology of the Frankfurt School. These graduates, thoroughly indoctrinated in this dogma became ACLU lawyers and media voices. Thus began the slow and constant drip by drip inclusion of feel good and political correct thought into our society. Thinking went out the window and was replaced by feelings.

Now we live in a culture dominated by political correctness and feel-good thinking. If you are opposed to any of the policies or initiatives of the left you are considered to be anti-social and against progress. Debate is no longer tolerated by the left. They are the masterminds pushing us down the road to a utopian tyranny where freedom is replaced by conformity.

I will not purchase Progressive Insurance or shop at Office Depot with their support for Lady GaGa’s same sex marriage initiative. I will not subscribe to HBO or watch MSNBC. I will not watch the late night comedy shows with their left-wing host like John Stewart. I will not support Obama or his followers. I will, however, eat at Carl’s Jr., Chick-fil-A, and Dominos. I will support the NRA and gun ownership. I would remind the masterminds of the left that just as you have a right to be you I have a right to be free of you.

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