Understanding the liberal mafia and Duck Dynasty

The war over Duck Dynasty all makes perfect sense, if you understand liberalism. Photo: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, December 23, 2013 — The fury of the tolerant left exploded last week against Phil Robinson, patriarch of the Duck Dynasty clan. Many see this as just another skirmish in the culture wars, but it is more. The issue is not just tolerance or homosexuality, or even Christianity.

This is a war between two fundamental forces in society: forces of law, and of lawlessness.

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If there is one word that accurately describes liberals, it is “lawless.” Most people interpret lawless as criminal. Lawlessness can include criminality, but it is much more than that. 

Conservatives believe in law and use laws to order their lives. Conservatives believe in laws from various sources. Many conservatives believe in divine or religious law. Conservatives believe in economic laws as well as the laws of liberty and nature.

Liberals do not. Liberals are quite happy to ignore the laws they don’t like. Unfortunately for America, liberals forget that when laws are violated, there are consequences. Violate the law of gravity by jumping from a tall building and there will be tragic consequences. 

The same is true for liberty and economics. 

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If you violate some of the basic laws of economics — for example, by debasing your currency as the Obama Administration is now doing with quantitative easing — the end result is inflation. This is not even debatable. This has been proven time and time again.

Language has laws as well. Words have meaning unless you are a liberal. This is why conflicts like the Duck Dynasty fight are inevitable. Conservatives believe that words have precise meanings and that communication depends on this fact. Liberals do not.

This Duck Dynasty fight comes down to one word: Tolerance.

Conservatives see Phil Robertson as tolerant. Based on media reports, there are a number of homosexuals who work for A&E’s Duck Dynasty production. According to some reports, A&E felt like they had to step in and suspend Robertson for the benefit of their gay employees.

There have been no reports that Phil Robertson or any of the Robertson family has ever been spiteful, unpleasant, or unfair to homosexuals who work on the show. They have never demanded that homosexuals be excluded from the production.

In short, they tolerated gays on the production team. They did nothing to demean or to ostracize them. 

This is the textbook definition of tolerance. We put up with things, even if we find them unpleasant or distasteful, because that’s the price of living in a society full of people who have different values than we do. But just as liberals redefined “peace” from being an absence of conflict to active surrender, the left has redefined “tolerance” to mean acceptance and active support.

There is the underlying problem. Because Phil Robertson does not fully accept, agree with and endorse their sexual preferences, he is not tolerant as they define it.

One common characteristic of liberals, including President Obama, is narcissism. Narcissism is the ultimate expression of liberalism. The arrogance that says “I am above the laws” is the downfall of liberalism. When anyone believes they are above nature’s laws, then morals no longer apply.

“Thou shalt not kill” doesn’t really apply if you are killing bad people. “Thou shalt not steal” does not apply if you are redistributing wealth from the deserving to the undeserving.

The world has seen this show play out before in the old Soviet Union and Communist China. The world has seen it in North Korea and in Zimbabwe. 

There are laws of nature, economics, morality, freedom and liberty. When a nation follows those laws there is peace and prosperity. When it doesn’t, there is misery. 

The penalty for violating the laws that freedom rests on is tyranny; the penalty for ignoring the laws of economics is poverty and a blighted future. In order to obey those laws, we must understand them, and understanding them starts with understanding words like “liberty,” “justice” and “tolerance.” As the episode with Phil Robinson illustrates, the left doesn’t understand the basic underpinnings of our society. It doesn’t have the vocabulary.

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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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