The race card is losing its currency due to overuse. What will liberals do next?
As I pointed out yesterday there wasn't anything new or "hateful" to come out about Chick-fil-a in a recent interview that could really explain the venom spewing forth against the company. The company has long supported charities that support a traditional view of marriage, so why did this all hit now?
Well, the truth is that many liberals have long seethed against the the company because of its support for such groups (much as they also hate Hobby Lobby). I've heard liberals agonize over whether they should eat there. It's just not something that's ever been on the national stage before.
So why did it blow up big time now? William Jacobson has an answer:
So long as Obama supported the traditional definition of marriage, Democratic politicians and support groups had to tread carefully in how far their rhetoric and actions went. Once Obama came out in support of gay marriage, Democrats were freed to accuse anyone and everyone who supports the traditional definition of marriage as bigoted and unworthy of a place in their jurisdictions.
Now the “bigot card” is on full display as a centerpiece of Democratic politics.
And make no mistake, effectively banning the support of traditional marriage as “hate speech” is where the movement is heading. It is impossible to have a discussion of the issue without supporters of traditional marriage being called bigoted. “Bigot” is the new “racist” and the “bigot card” is the new “race card.”
He's got a point. This is really the way they've wanted to go after Chick-fil-a for a long time. Until recently, though, few Democrats with national recognition would publicly support gay marriage and for the last few years we've had a Democrat President who claimed to oppose it. No one really believed him, but it made the bigot and hater card harder to play because people could point out that by their rational, the leader of their own party must be a hater and bigot as well.
As far as I know, this interview with Dan Cathy was the first time Chick-fil-a had made news since the President announced his "evolution" on the subject a few months ago. Now, with the practical constraints of this approach removed, it's game on for the radical left.
Accusations of hate and bigotry are pretty common from the left against conservatives and holders of traditional values. Given that this often the entire way the argument is phrased, you'd think they'd be careful not to come across as hateful bigots themselves, woudn't you?