Mitt Romney, Chick-fil-A, and Ben & Jerry’s
The Republican candidate should have taken the chance to stand up for liberty.


Dennis Prager

The Democratic mayors of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., gave Mitt Romney and the Republican party the greatest gift possible. They provided the American people with as clear an example of the unbridgeable differences between Left and Right, between Democrat and Republican, as could be hoped for.

And it was largely wasted.

The Democratic mayors of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., announced that Chick-fil-A is not welcome in their cities because the owner/founder of Chick-fil-A supports preserving the man-woman definition of marriage.

Aside from free-speech issues, the mayors did something dangerously un-American: They declared their cities open only to businesses whose ownership holds political positions they approve of.

And by extension, these mayors declared that any person — not just a business — who believes that the man-woman definition of marriage should not be changed is unwelcome in their cities.

What we have here is, first, the current policy of the mainstream Left and the Democratic party to destroy ideological opponents — to destroy their reputations and to destroy them economically. The Left tried to do this to those who supported California’s Proposition 8 campaign to amend the state constitution to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Prop. 8 was smearingly renamed “Prop. Hate,” and all those who wish to maintain that definition of marriage were, and are, declared haters. The Left is actually incapable of regarding ideological opponents as well meaning.

What should Mitt Romney have done with this gift?

He should have used the Chick-fil-A controversy to illuminate the most important aspect of this November’s election: the difference between the Left and the rest of the country.

Mr. Romney should have shown up at a Chick-fil-A restaurant to support that company, ordered a Chick-fil-A sandwich and — here’s the key — eaten it along with a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

The photo of Mr. Romney eating both a Chick-fil-A sandwich and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream would be worth far more than the proverbial thousand words. Nearly every American who watches television news, or reads a newspaper, or gets the news online would have seen the picture and gotten the message.

The picture would make clear to the least political American the difference between Republicans and Democrats, between conservatives and progressives.

In total contradistinction to the Democrats and the Left, Mitt Romney would be seen eating food produced by one of the most left-wing companies in America. Ben & Jerry’s has supported — either monetarily or through statements made by one or both of the founders — major left-wing causes, from the radical Occupy movement to the even more radical movement to free convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.


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