Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Chick Fil A: Is Republican outrage really over freedom of speech?
I spoke with a worker who said when she arrived at 5:30a this morning to work- there was already a line forming. A neighbor of mine said that the line went across the other side of the highway and down the access road. Several friends said they waited anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half to order. Who anticipated this much support for this company? I know I certainly didn't know what I was in for when I pulled in the parking lot.
After my son and I ate, we spent some time talking to other diners. I asked them what brought them out today, what do they see in the future for traditional families, if what has happened today affects how they'll vote in November, etc. I talked to all kinds of people, young, old, middle aged, black, white, hispanic, people who ordered salads and people who ordered sandwiches....
I was a little surprised at what I heard. People didn't necessarily come because they wanted to support CFA, although that was a big part of it, they came because it gave them an outlet to a frustration they've been feeling. An overwhelming amount of people said they felt angry at how they are portrayed in the media and among friends- but for fear of being called names, they keep to themselves and don't share their opinions. One elderly lady I spoke to said she felt like she could vote with her dollars, since she didn't feel like her ballot vote mattered.
Conservatives aren't in your face, stick-a-tongue-down-your-throat make out kind of people. We have our beliefs and our opinions, but we respect your right to yours. Because of this- we've been feeling pushed around and bullied by the liberals and media alike. Traditional marriage is the foundation of this country- the foundation that keeps our girls from becoming unwed mothers and our boys from becoming criminals. Traditional marriage is the root of society- it is so vastly entrenched in who we are and what God intended for us, that to change it would be turning the world upside down.
I was also surprised to find many enthusiastic Mitt Romney supporters. Although I'm passionate about a Romney presidency, what you see in the media is that there aren't very many people who want to vote FOR Romney, as much as people who are really voting AGAINST Obama... but I found many people who were excited about a Romney presidency. One said that she looked at it like a job interview- and Romney had the business expertise to get us back on track without costing us money. A few teenagers said they came mostly because their friends had come, but that they didn't think being gay was right. So in that aspect- they were there specifically to support traditional marriage and heterosexual relationships.
Supporting CFA isn't just about supporting traditional marriage, it's about supporting conservatism in general. Many people I spoke to said this propels them to talking about politics, and some said it will drive their vote in November. I even spoke to 3 people who voted Obama last time, but will not vote Obama this time- due to his support for gay marriage- and his attack on fundamental freedoms.
The line as I pulled in