USA –-(Ammoland.com)- Citing an anti-“same-sex marriage” stance by its corporate ownership, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has vowed to block Chick-fil-A restaurants in Beantown, the Boston Herald reported Thursday.
“Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston. You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion,” the Herald quoted the mayor. “It doesn’t send the right message to the country. We’re a leader when it comes to social justice and opportunities for all.”
That would be for all except those who disagree with the mayor’s political stances. And while the Herald confirms Menino successfully blocked a Walmart using economic factors as justification, what authority he has to block free enterprise over differences on social issues remains unstated, particularly if no zoning, employment, or anti-discrimination laws are violated, and in light of incorporated rights ostensibly prohibited from government abridgment by the Constitution and court precedent.
Without further defining his plot to block private parties from entering into contractual agreements, it would appear the mayor is relying on bluster, the potential for bureaucratic harassment, and official inflammation of a mob mentality to intimidate the chain from entering “his” fiefdom. And if that’s the case, the mayor is inconsistent and gutless if he does not apply the same exclusion to Boston’s prominent Catholic Archdiocese, as well as to numerous other denominations and religions that oppose “same-sex marriage” based on religious teachings and personal moral convictions.
If Menino, a partner in New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, can block a business based on political issues they support, what is to stop him from doing so based on a company’s championing of the Second Amendment or a host of other issues that defy the so-called “progressive” agenda of government control and dominance over every aspect of citizens’ lives? Can business interests that support the right to life or voter ID, or other “conservative causes” be far behind? Is it the place of government that is supposed to represent all of the people to discriminate against disapproved minorities and bestow a competitive advantage, not to mention special privileges and immunities, only to concerns that promote the agenda of the political bosses?
Far from being inclusive and tolerant, the mayor’s stance reveals the application of a chilling Orwellian Newspeak/Doublethink deception right out of “Nineteen Eighty-Four.” And far from representing all of Boston’s citizens, the mayor has shown himself not only to be unafraid but enthusiastic about abusing the powers of office to bully political minorities into submission, even when he doesn’t have a legal leg to stand on.
In a free-market economy, the customers decide if they wish to do business with a company, or if differences on social/political issues outweigh their desire for a product or service. If Chick-fil-A’s management support for social issues offends segments of the population, they are free to influence its profitability and survival by boycotting the chain and patronizing its competition. What they are not free to do is use the power of the state to economically destroy those who will not bend their knees because they disagree with them on matters of conscience, or in Menino’s case, more likely on matters of his political power and self-aggrandizement.
Time was, the bold citizens of Boston and their leaders reacted much differently to economic and other forms of tyranny by those who meant to rule instead of serve.
About David Codrea
David Codrea is a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He is a field editor for GUNS Magazine, and a blogger at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance. Read more at www.DavidCodrea.com.