Rob Christensen, a veteran political columnist with Raleigh’s News & Observer, devoted his weekly column this weekend to the hubbub that has arisen around Chick-Fil-A restaurant.
The point of the column was a little unclear, but it seems to have been that it’s ultimately futile for groups of consumers to boycott businesses whose politics they disagree with and that those who attempt such a thing are “intolerant.”
Christensen quotes Democratic political operative Gary Pearce at the end of the column as follows: “The lesson: Eat up. Enjoy the hotdogs and chicken sandwiches. Good Karma will come around.”
He also makes the following statement of his own: “The left’s intolerance of different views is matched only by the right.”
Christensen, it seems, is trying to give voice to the longing held by so many Americans — a group in which I certainly include myself — for a less-politicized time in which the country didn’t seem so divided up into warring camps; a time, for instance, in which people didn’t think so much about the politics of the companies they patronized.
Unfortunately, while lots of caring and thinking people sympathize with this sentiment, the hard truth of the matter is that Read More