Actions speak louder than words, and the actions opposing political ideologies have taken during the Chick-Fil-A controversy say a lot about their respective underlying philosophies.
Free-market libertarian-types like me want people to "vote" for companies they support with their dollars. If a company has a good product at a good price and doesn't insult our values, then we'll give them our business. If they have a bad product or its overpriced or their don't have the same values, we'll take it to a company that does.
That's democratic and that's fair. If enough people like the company, it stays in business. If the company alienates too many people, it goes out of business. It's up to the business to succeed or fail. There's no need to get nasty or to manipulate circumstances by applying top-down pressure to make it cave or to put it of business.
Progressives want to destroy the company that disagrees with them--it's not enough to take their business elsewhere. They have to teach the company a lesson; they have to shout it down then shut it down.
The last time there was a on-the-streets manifestation of the opposing ideologies, the Right rallied to wave flags on street corners. The movement from the Left attacked police, smashed windows, and started fires.
In the Chick-Fil-A matter, the COO said he supported the Biblical definition of marriage. The leaders of the company have an opinion about something. And just because they have that opinion, they are the target of an unbelievable amount of hate.
Progressives and gay activists can have their opinion too. But they reveal the totalitarian tendencies that lurk in their hearts at the root of their top-down, big government ideology when they use the force of the state to squelch ideological opponents.
Along with the usual anecdotal nastiness we see from the Left--a professor berating a Chick-Fil-A employee, a bomb threat, and the hate-filled tweets--progressives also instinctively go to the state to solve the problem of people using free speech they don't like. The mayors of Chicago, Pittsburgh, Boston, and San Francisco warned the Christian company not to pursue new franchises in their cities.
Not satisfied that Chick-Fil-A is taking a beating in the press and cities are threatening to ban it, gay activists will resume the offensive on Friday, literally, by trying to offend people with public displays of gay affection in the restaurants.
When people like me disagree with something, we don't organize a boycott. We don't try to outlaw speech. We don't try to shut people up. We just go somewhere else. When my ideological opponents encounter something they don't like, all too often their gut reaction is to destroy it. And they want to do it with the big government they've created--revealing what is really in their hearts.