Apple is know for being gay-friendly. Is it ok for a local town in rural red country to prohibit them from opening a store?
I couldn't care less about Cather and his narrow-mindedness - that's his own problem, and if customers boycott CFA and it goes out of business, I won't shed a tear.Both liberals and conservatives in local governments pulling numbers like this is common fare
but I also support the right of representatives- whether I agree with them or not- to speak loudly on behalf of the communities they represent. Enforcing "Moral Standards" is in the job description- and moral standards of a community are often non concomitant with the law.
Like Ive been saying- things like this are regrettable
There is no reason to be concerned about people like Cather or that Alderman
I do care, very deeply, about the actions, or even proposed actions, of the alderman. I agree that it happens all the time, but that makes it outrageous, not regrettable, in my book. The alderman is an elected official, and I hold them (perhaps naively ) to a higher standard. When one threatens to break the law, even if he honestly believes that it's what his constituents want, he should be slapped down, hard, whether by media, courts, or electorate.
There is a reason we are a constitutional republic with limited government, not a pure democracy. Tyranny by the majority is still tyranny, whether you happen to agree with today's whims of the mob or not.
Apple opening a store in a community that doesnt like gay people:
if enough people in that community feel strongly about it- I dont see why they should be allowed to open. Its kind of a weird comparison.
You know New Orleans kept Starbucks almost completely out of that town until around 97-89. They tried to open a few stores and neighborhood groups just kept shutting them down. They finally made inroads with a shop at Tulane and another in a Corporate Hotel. That was based on the belief that they werent cool. Pretty unconstitutional for less reason. I kind of enjoyed it.
I am definitely going to Chik File Appreciation day Aug 1 to eat and not to protest. I feel sorry for the owner operators- they must be having a bad few weeks.
That's the land I want to live in.
I really doubt it.I feel sorry for the owner operators- they must be having a bad few weeks.
You doubt what- that they are having bad weeks? A few places might be. That I feel supportive of them? I do. I can't imagine taking the already shitty job of owning a franchise and having to show up to obnoxious protesters and earnest supporters.. I dont feel sorry for Cathy or the alderman.
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A lot of people voted for Barrack Obama because he's black. I'd say the vast majority of people in Colorado Springs don't support voting for a candidate on the basis of their race. I actually feel strongly so and yet there doesn't seem to be enough outrage here to stop anyone from opening stores. Maybe we could get a local official to help gin some outrage up and we could get the ball rolling.
Edited to add: and if you think such ugly examples are hyperbole it can get a lot uglier just looking at some actual historical examples.
Last edited by ColoWayno; 07-30-2012 at 09:59 AM.