- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
The recent Chick-fil-A flap seems to be part of a trend. I can be a live-and-let-live person as long as others leave me alone, but Iím getting tired of some groups cramming their views down my throat as they exercise what they claim to be their rights and then try to demonize anyone who expresses an opposing opinion.
I donít find it appetizing seeing anyone making out in a public restaurant while I am eating my lunch, whether they are homosexual or heterosexual.
Iím not a hunter, but as far as I am concerned, those who like the sport can hunt all they want as long as they obey the applicable laws. I do some boating and there are those who think watercraft adversely affect our waterways, but as long as I comply with the regulations I donít want them bugging me. I have pets and there are those who canít stand animals, but as long as I obey the rules I donít want to hear demands for me to give up my furry friends. If anyone wants to own a firearm, thatís fine with me as long as they obey the laws governing gun ownership and use. I donít think women should have the right to kill their babies, but as long as the law permits it I have to tolerate it. I donít like my tax dollars being used for causes I donít support, but the only effective recourse I have, without interfering with others, is to vote the pinheads who allow it to happen out of office.
I donít think anyone has the right to pick and choose what laws they want to follow and what laws they want to ignore, but there are those who want to reward illegal behavior while law-abiding folks canít get the same reward.
There is one thing for certain: The preponderance of elected officials will be all things to all people to appease each of their constituencies even if one special interest is diametrically opposed to another. All they want is to preserve their own self-interest and get re-elected.
I had to laugh when Rahm Emanuel, a former chief of staff for President Obama and now mayor of Chicago, railed against the owner of Chick-fil-A for opposing same-sex marriage and rolled out the welcome mat for an Islamist group that also opposes same-sex marriage. I once scoffed at the notion that many of our elected officials have an anti-Christian agenda, but I am starting to rethink that possibility.
I hope all those who beat their drum for their particular special cause look closer at those who claim to be their allies. The churches found out that the politicians who they relied upon for some of their righteous causes were the same politicians who trampled on their legitimate rights. Others will find out that broadening eligibility for college funding for one group will shrink the pool of available funds for everyone, notwithstanding who abides by the law.
We all have enjoyed the benefits of pork-barrel projects and social programs that looked so justifiable on paper but added to the national debt and put a millstone around all of our necks that will be painful to reconcile for us, our children and our grandchildren. Most of the politicians who championed these causes are, or will be, enjoying a lucrative retirement at taxpayersí expense.
History has a habit of repeating itself, so I hope the electorate is smart enough to look at the complete picture and not view candidates just from the perspective of their personal pet peeve. To win the battle and lose the war is defeat, not victory. Pearl Harbor was a great victory for Japan, but it led to the demise of the Japanese empire, so we all need to be very careful in selecting whom we vote for.
David A. Ryan, Hollywood