By Sam Pierce -
The saga of Phil Robertson's suspension from A&E's money making machine, "Duck Dynasty," has come to a happy ending (for the time being). The forces of good have won a battle against the wholly intolerant bullies who ironically push their ideas of "tolerance" and "anti-bullying." Perhaps the icing on the cake is the ignoring of efforts to capitalize by extortion whore, Jesse Jackson.
There are lessons that can be taken from the saga as it unfolded over the last couple of weeks. The lessons, which stem from something the pompous TOTUS reader in Hawaii might refer to as a "teachable moment," illuminate the state of at least three facets of our society and its culture. Two areas are painted with a damning brush as exposed by the various reactions to Phil's answer to the targeted question by the liberal ragporter. The third area is highlighted as a reason to not abandon all hope.
The initial reaction from the typical PC, victimization capitalists was predictable, possibly the goal of the interviewer, and a black eye on what is now considered to be societal norm. The hoity-toity "progrethive intellectualth" once again displayed the newspeak convention that traditional relationships and common sense are to be considered hate thought if in any way they oppose the ideals of a liberal special victims unit (not to be confused with "Law and Order: SVU"). Opinion based on faith and an understanding of the Bible is intolerable "hate speech" in the twisted world of Libtardia and therefore the subject of swift "justice" from the old media and the Hollywood hypocrites.
The previous isn't much of a lesson as it is so predictable. Most who think and are not in some way enamored with the Bizzaro Utopia the progrethive seeks to attain, realize that the mainstream of media and entertainment are counter-tradition, counter-morality, and counter-sense. The more surprising and disappointing lesson comes from the reaction to the progrethive reaction. Too many supporters of Phil displayed an alarming ignorance in their remarks and activism on his behalf.
For the sake of spittle prevention, I hope to make clear that I love Duck Dynasty (having seen every episode and purchased many products) and supported the boycott of A&E and other entities that might side with the special victim, anti-society, PC lobby. It cannot be said that I am opposed to "free speech" or siding with A&E against the Robertsons. Of course, a reader may ignore my support of the Robertsons, in order to feel "righteous indignation" and anger with me for pointing out the absurdity which follows.
The primary damning lesson shows how our esteemed system of indoctrination and progressive (not to be confused with the liberal "progrethive") dumbing down of generation after generation of American citizen has impacted our understanding of First Amendment to the United States Constitution. I admit that a few years ago, before the Republican politicians opened my eyes and my brain with their Democrat-like activity, I too would have likely eschewed critical thinking and joined the cacophony of howls against the violation of the Duck Commander's First Amendment rights.
Much of the support for Phil sounded ignorant thanks to the inclusion of the First Amendment in protestations. From Louisianna's Bobby Jindal to the Facebook activist, it was presented that Phil's First Amendment right to "free speech" was being violated. How? Is A&E a covert arm of Congress? Does A&E have the constitutional power to make law? If the answer to either question is negative, then I'm afraid the masses have been mislead.
Now go ahead and leave a comment telling me just how wrong I am. Perhaps you can cite legal precedent such as Dingleberry v. Flintstone in which the First Amendment has been incorporated to such a perverted degree that it limits the actions of private enterprises. I would caution you to once again put on your thinking cap and consider whether you really want to support the activist judiciary and their perversions of our constitution. Recall how a jackass, supposed originalist, pervert in a black dress decreed that Obamacare was constitutional because he twisted it into a tax.
Again, I supported the boycott and wholeheartedly sought to shut down A&E and its sponsors until they relented and did the right thing. It simply had nothing to do with the First Amendment.
The Hopeful Lesson:
I don't often find rays of light in the stories that make the never-ending news spewing. This story was different. Who knows what will happen in the coming weeks or months? A&E may end up clamping down on the Robertsons and throttling or editing their public expressions of faith and opinion. There may be some clause in their contract that puts them at the mercy of the cancerous elements of society. I hope not. For now, we can indeed rejoice!
Goodness has prevailed over the forces of evil (too strong?) and the average citizen has scored a true moral victory. Despite the money and political power of the left's SVU... despite the indoctrination and contamination of political correctness, people (real people, not the kind you see on TV "news" panels or in newspaper bylines) spoke and their voices were heard! The traditional values the libtard would have buried dead or alive are still thriving in actual society.
I have seen questions as to why the voices of good can have an impact here but not at the polls? Perhaps the good people are also jaded, politically speaking. Our candidates and office-holders do not generally acquit themselves well in the eye of the common man. Too often, the primary political parties, despite the bloviating of their supporters, seem to be cooperating against the citizen and his progeny. The political class has presented the chicken versus egg scenario when it comes to inspiring an outpouring of citizen support. Which must come first, citizen engagement or evidence that such might matter?