People lined up around the block at just about every Chick-fil-A to stand up for the company that is being illegally attacked and man-handled by jackasses in the government, and vilified in the media for their support of traditional marriage.
What the cluck just happened? Neither Chick-fil-A nor the cultural Left nor the mainstream media were prepared for what hit them yesterday.
It was a bona fide feeding frenzy — and one of the most remarkable, peaceful and massive First Amendment protests in modern American times.
The Tea Party notably harnessed social media to organize mass protests in 2009 and 2010. Activists on the Right are scoring more and more wins in the Internet battlespace against false media narratives. But what made yesterday’s nationwide Chick-fil-A protest a milestone was the speed, volume and breadth with which the movement amassed.
On his radio show, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee announced that his online call for a “National Chick-fil-A day” had garnered 20 million views.
Through Facebook and Twitter, tens of thousands of First Amendment and free-enterprise supporters spread the word over the last 10 days.
Various Chick-fil-A-related hashtags trended all day long.
From dusk ’til dawn, Chick-fil-A fans from Atlanta to suburban Chicago (where thug Mayor Rahm Emanuel voiced his opposition to Chick-fil-A) to Hollywood tweeted astonishing photos of drive-thru lines snaking twice around the restaurants; police directing miles-long traffic; standing-room-only dining rooms, and overflowing mall franchises and parking lots.
Appreciation Day turned to Appreciation Night, with thousands still packing their local Chick-fil-A stores for dinner. At my Colorado Springs location, cars occupied three blocks, and hundreds stood outside waiting for their waffle fries and chicken sandwiches at 7:30 p.m.
“It’s all about freedom!” a cheery driver shouted in front of me.
Ohioan David Nicholson tweeted from a line of 500 at 8:30 p.m. in Toledo, Ohio. Michael Meadows of Wentzville, Mo., posted a photo on Twitter of families and senior citizens in a line “wrapped around the inside of the building and out the door” at 7:30 p.m.
Evangelical minister and author Rick Warren tweeted last night that he’d received a call from Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy reporting that the company “has already set a world record today, with 7 more [hours] to go in the West.”
The dirty Occupiers who pride themselves on “community organizing” could take a lesson or two from their polite and joyful social-conservative counterparts. The only threat of violence that occurred at the fast-food restaurant chain’s hundreds of franchises across the country came from the anonymous nutball who phoned in a bomb threat to a West Virginia outlet.
And the only hate surrounding the unprecedented event came from Hollywood celebrities like Roseanne Barr, who wished cancer on Chick-fil-A consumers, and Eliza Dushku, who egged on Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to punish the restaurant chain by illegally denying it building permits — plus assorted lefty malcontents who sent messages to every conservative they knew on Twitter hoping they’d die from choking or diabetes.
Biased reporters cast the nationwide support movement as “anti-gay.” But consumers across the fruited plain weren’t engaging in bigotry. They were fighting repressive “civility.” They stood up for free enterprise and the First Amendment.
And man, did it taste good.
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