Elections and divorces tend to bring out the worst in people and the 2016 Presidential Election was no exception. People are going to get into verbal fisticuffs over candidates. Always have and always will. However, social media has empowered the baser impulses of quite a few people. One particular woman got mad as hell that Mama Hamil dared to put a campaign sign on the property of her business. The horror. A Geilia Taylor was soooo outraged by this display of the First Amendment that she posted this message on Facebook:
Make no mistake, Ms. Taylor is a social media bully. She wasn't mistreated at Hamils. She is not complaining about the food or the service. Wait a second, it appears she may not have even eaten at Hamils but just drove by on Hwy 51. There are more than a couple of businesses in Jackson that probably have Obama signs on the premises but one gets the idea after reading Ms. Taylor's public Facebook page that she would probably not be offended if she saw them.
This is simple voter intimidation. Ms. Taylor is encouraging her friends to punish Mama Hamil for supporting a Presidential candidate. Mama Hamil was not telling diners to vote for Mr. Trump when they placed an order. She did not play Trump commercials over loudspeakers. A sign was simply posted on one end of the property that is not even visible from the restaurant. Mama Hamil has every right to support a Presidential candidate of her choosing and place that sign on her own property. However, such rights are apparently too much for Ms. Taylor to endure. Perhaps she should go watch some video of the Selma march. That was an exercise of the First Amendment as well.
The Kingfish frowns on these types of boycotts. We are now coming to the point that we can't handle simple disagreements but instead have to destroy those with whom we disagree. All Mama Hamil did was quietly voice her support for a candidate. Country Meat Packers advertised on Supertalk and the McDanielites hounded him until he pulled his advertising- something that was truly shameful coming from people who shriek that Obama is taking away their freedom. Jeff Good and The Kingfish probably disagree on almost everything in politics yet I have no problem patronizing his restaurants because he likes what Mr. Good has to offer. I'm going to Bravo for some good food, not to watch Firing Line. Social media has given a power to destroy people and businesses that did not exist until a few years ago and Ms. Taylor's post is a perfect example of such.
The Facebook post was apparently removed after the election. However, show what you think of the post by supporting Mama Hamil's. She will be more than happy to take your money. The Facebook poster in question owes her an apology.