A congressional candidate in Mississippi says Rahm Emanuel “needs to be introduced to the Second Amendment ASAP” because he’s been violating Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s First Amendment rights.
“Let me make it clear, the CEO is being punished by government officials because he exercised his First Amendment right of free speech,” Libertarian Ron Williams wrote in a letter to the Biloxi Sun-Herald. “The Constitution is very clear. When government restricts and punishes the people for exercising their First Amendment rights, then we are to default to the Second Amendment (right to keep and bear arms). These two mayors need to be introduced to the Second Amendment ASAP.”
Williams was also referring to Boston mayor Thomas Menino, who wrote a letter to Cathy calling him “prejudiced” and telling him, “[t]here is no place for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it.”
Williams went on to write, “[t]he correct response to these mayors would be to send troops or whatever to remove these men from office, by whatever means is necessary.”
Meanwhile, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who organized Wednesday’s Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, Tweeted “America ate chicken today; Rahm Emanuel ate crow.”
The reactions of politicians both North and South suggests that the Chick-fil-A controversy is about more than gay marriage. There’s a regional rivalry at work. Like Walmart, Chick-fil-A is a company that has roots in the South, and holds opinions that are accepted there but inimical to Northerners. In Walmart’s case, it’s opposition to unions. In Chick-fil-A’s case, it’s opposition to gay marriage. Chick-fil-A is a Southern institution, like Waffle House and NASCAR. Insult it, and you insult the South. And Southerners don’t take kindly to insults.
There’s an old saying, “Insult a Yankee, and he’ll sue you. Insult a Southern boy, and he’ll shoot you.” Mr. Williams is trying to validate it.
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