|Chicken and Politics|
|Written by By Corey Morgan, Vine Staff|
|Thursday, 09 August 2012 00:00|
In June and July of this year the Chief Operating Officer of Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy made several public statements coming out against same sex marriage, proclaiming that those who “have the audacity to define what marriage is about” were “inviting God’s judgment on our nation.”
These statements by Cathy sparked a firestorm of debate and protest from all sides of the same sex marriage vs. “traditional” marriage issue.
For the next several weeks we heard voices from all sides of the debate, culminating with politician/political pundit Mike Huckabee calling for a “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” on August 1.
As it turned out, supporters of Chick-fil-A fell over themselves running out to buy chicken sandwiches and waffle fries.
The news feeds were filled with pictures and video of massive crowds waiting inside and outside Chick-fil-A restaurants, and lines of cars in the drive thru lanes literally circling the restaurant more 2 and 3 times.
Not surprisingly, Chick-fil-A recorded record sales that day, with many stores actually running out of food.
Conversely, August 4th saw supporters of same sex marriage, and critics of Chick-fil-A’s stance on the issue staged a same sex “kiss day” or “kiss-in” at Chick-fil-A stores nationwide.
Whatever side of the marriage issue you side with, it was very impressive to see so many people so vocal and motivated about their stance on it.
Personally, I am wondering whether or not we will see the same enthusiasm out of people when it’s time to vote for President and Congress in another 3 months.
We’ve proven that as a country, we have the ability to come out in force for or against causes that we agree or disagree with.
This was proven by not just the Chick-fil-A protests last week, but the dozens of “occupy” protests that popped up across the country over the last year.
How many of these people will have the same drive to be involved in our election process in November?
How many of us, who took off early from work, or who took off the day altogether, just to buy some chicken and support a restaurant chain will make sure that they get to the polls early to vote for the Presidency of the United States, as well as the representatives on Capitol Hill who decide the laws that govern our country.
I mean it’s not like the future of our country is as important as some chicken right?