Despite the incompetence of the Democrats to get things done, the Republican Party and wider conservative movement remain in disarray. As such, a plethora of analysts and commentators have pronounced that conservatism in America is effectively dead in its present form. However, the form it may assume next is unknown even to the punditry. Will it emphasize fiscal conservatism, religious conservatism, compassionate conservatism, paleoconservatism or neoconservatism? Indeed, the answer may have already arrived:
Now, some might ask, "what does a fast food chain have to do with conservatism?" Well, for starters, the chain has been prominently mentioned by some conservative Republican leading lights of late:
"Chick-fil-a does not say to its franchisees, 'However you want to cook the sandwiches is cool with me.' They are precise in what they expect, and it's my hope going forward more conservatives in all corners of America will be equally precise and exacting in making sure their views are reflected by the party that supposedly represents them."-Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC), November 11, 2008
"Chick-fil-A can get fabulously wealthy with a 20% market share. In our business, you need 50% plus one."-Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS), ca. May 7, 2009
Though being the namesake of a college football tournament is a good start for all-Amurican cred, the chain has also taken on a number of conservative causes. Chick-fil-A’s owners, the Cathy family, became major defenders of "opposite marriage" by funding the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign in California. In the 2008 presidential race, not only did John McCain make a major campaign stop at Chick-fil-A headquarters outside Atlanta, but former Republican Senator Fred Thompson actually announced his candidacy for president at a Chick-fil-A restaurant in South Carolina. S. Truett Cathy once said, "You don't have to make the headlines to make a difference," but if prominent Republican politicians keep name-dropping Chick-fil-A in their speeches and op-eds, this chicken chain could make quite a difference indeed. Perhaps it is this quintessentially American formula of conservatism—combining evangelical Christianity, corporate capitalism, and fried food—that could turn things around for their beleaguered party...
Remember, freedom ain't free, but it comes with Chick-fil-A tea!