In this election year, America is so polarized that even eating a deep-fried chicken sandwich is political statement. As a rebuke to Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno’s attempts to keep Chick-fil-A out of Logan Square over its president’s opposition to gay marriage, the Illinois Republican Party is offering $5 Chick-fil-A gift certificates to anyone who donates $10 before Sept. 1.
If the recent insults by Barack Obama against business owners and a 67% Illinois tax hike by Mike Madigan weren’t enough, Obama’s fellow Madigan-backed Chicago Democratic politicians have stooped to a new low in trying to silence a business owner, Chick-fil-A, by trying to block their business license simply for expressing a political opinion that they disagree with.
Whatever your opinion is on the issue itself, it’s a dangerous precedent for the government to deny a business license to a company simply for taking a political stance that a politician disagrees with.
But given the anti-entrepreneurial record of Barack Obama, Mike Madigan and most Democrats, we're really not surprised.
That’s why the Illinois Republican Party will give a $5 Chick-fil-A gift card to each person who donates $10 or more to the Illinois Republican Party between now and September 1.
Your donation helps elect more conservative, common-sense Republicans who will fight FOR job-creating business owners – instead of fighting against them.
In order to receive your Chick-fil-A gift card, you’ll need to either donate online on this web page or mail your donation to:
Illinois Republican Party
ATTN: Gift Card
P.O. Box 78
Springfield, IL 62705
(Please be sure to include your name and home address. Please make checks payable to Illinois Republican Party.)
Let’s show Barack Obama, Mike Madigan and their fellow Chicago Democrats that even in Illinois, we will not stand for business owners being silenced for expressing their opinion.
Chick-fil-A has 19 locations in Illinois.
If you donate now, you can use your gift certificate next Wednesday. Former GOP presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee have declared that “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,” and urged opponents of gay marriage to eat there.
On the other side of the Chick-fil-A debate, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee urged the chain to stay out of his gay-friendly city.
“Very disappointed #ChickFilA doesn't share San Francisco's values & strong commitment to equality for everyone,” Lee Tweeted Thursday. “Closest #ChickFilA to San Francisco is 40 miles away & I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer.”
Your Ward Room blogger has never eaten at Chick-fil-A, and doesn’t plan to start. I’m not taking a political stand. I’m taking a stand against obesity. A Chick-fil-A Deluxe Chicken Sandwich with medium waffle fries and a medium sweet tea contains 1,020 calories, man!