Duck Dynasty: The speech Nazis strike again

If Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson is so off base, why do millions of real Americans love him and his show? Photo: AP

WASHINGTON, December 19, 2013 — There are some myths about free speech in America. Sadly, many individuals do not realize that the First Amendment only applies to the government’s actions to restrict speech.

Most Americans believe they should have the right to speak what is on their mind. That is not only good for freedom and liberty, it is good for the nation.

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But the left long ago decided that certain topics would not be allowed to be discussed unless the politically correct version was accepted. We are witnessing in action today the dominant left’s belief that free speech only applies to those who agree, a phenomenon that plays out again and again.

Where is this happening and what is going on?

Duck Dynasty is arguably the hottest show on TV. It has set records for reality TV. A&E, the cable channel that brings Duck Dynasty to millions of Americans, is raking the money in.

Phil Robertson is the patriarch of the Duck Dynasty clan, and he recently gave an interview to GQ Magazine in which he said certain things.

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These included:

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he tells the magazine. Paraphrasing Corinthians, he says, “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

“It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

”We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ‘em, give ‘em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ‘em out later, you see what I’m saying?”

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Phil Robertson does not approve of homosexuality. Millions of real Americans do not either.

What was A&E’s response?

A&E said:

“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series ‘Duck Dynasty.’

“His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”

This is liberal “tolerance” at work. As long as you agree with the left, the left loves you. If you dare to stray from the liberal plantation, then the left must destroy you.

There are a lot of people out there who agree with Phil Robertson. There are even more who may not agree with him but believe he should be allowed to offer his opinions.

His disapproval of homosexuality is within the mainstream beliefs of Christianity and the mainstream of American thought.

More people agree with Phil Robertson than agree with the corporate suits at A&E. But the suits at A&E are good little politically correct storm troopers for the left. They undoubtedly go to trendy liberal parties where they have to apologize for the fact that millions of real Americans like Duck Dynasty.

At those parties, where they sip overpriced wine and eat little blocks of cheese, they no doubt sniff that it is terrible and unbelievable that all Americans do not worship their Dear Leader, Barack Obama. They shake their heads in amazement, wondering why so many Americans love Duck Dynasty and think Obamacare’s Pajamaboy is a fool.

The suits at A&E have no clue what real America believes or thinks. Phil Robertson’s suspension will backfire on them. #BoycottAETV is rapidly becoming one of the top hashtags on Twitter.

A&E might be a more profitable network if it were staffed with real Americans who understand what America likes and wants and not what their trendy leftist friends who show up at the trendy leftist wine tastings in LA and New York assume they want.

Here is a suggestion for A&E: You want to know what real America thinks? Put two reality shows head to head. Put Phil Robertson back on Duck Dynasty and let Pajamaboy come on his own show and spout his androgynous liberalism. Let’s see who wins that rating battle.

Meanwhile, conservatives should rally around Phil Robertson. Whether you agree or disagree with what he said, the issue here is a bunch of left wing Hollywood-style executives deciding what is acceptable speech.

Like liberals everywhere, they know the left wing position can only win when conservatives are not allowed to offer a countering position. That is why A&E wants to silence Phil Robertson and that is why we should all stand up and demand that he be heard.


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Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet.

A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says.

Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC.   “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based.  Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville.  Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’  I did.”

The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown.   It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed.  Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker.

He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should.  He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.

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