Here’s a fundamental distinction between the left and the right. While both sides have their crazies, the right coddles its freaks and maniacs, while the left does a far better job of patrolling its own ideological frontiers and reining in the nut-jobs.
The latest instance of this moral and intellectual superiority from the left grew out of the Chick-Fil-A flap. After the CEO of that company showed his bigotry and corporate support of hate groups, a few of the left’s looser nuts appeared to argue that local governments should ban the fast-food outlets from their communities. Local politicians in Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston threatened to rebuke Chick-Fil-A’s corporate bigotry with delays and denials.
Bad move. Do we really want politicians playing games with building permits? If Chick-Fil-A gets banned in Boston, how will Ben & Jerry do in Branson? The point was so obvious that the offenders almost immediately walked their intemperate comments back, and yet they still got cuffed around by their leftist cohorts.
Mother Jones states the point clearly: “Chick-fil-A should not be prevented from opening business because of the views of its leaders, or his donations to anti-gay causes.”
Digby over at Hullabaloo shows the left’s genuine patriotism: “There’s nothing wrong with individuals exercising their right not to eat in a certain restaurant and asking other people to do the same. But the government refusing to allow the business to exist because of something the owner said? That’s not how we do things in America.”
And Daily Kos makes it clear that the means mean something on the left, even if the right wing doesn’t play quite as nicely” “Big government social engineering and feckless disregard for the Constitution are not among the right wing’s tactics the Left needs to imitate.”
And, ultimately, that’s the point, isn’t it? If we are to be the change we want to see in the world, we need to continue to out-class Commandment-Breakers like Dan Cathy. Fortunately, it’s not that hard.