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April 24, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Another beautiful thing about Duck Dynasty is that it never, ever mentions politics. I remember when that was the norm in America.  I have no idea if the Robertsons are card-carrying members of the Tea Party, the Coffee Party (remember them?), or Obama’s perpetual campaign arm, Organizing for Action.  I don’t care.

If I had to guess, I’d say that the crazy old uncle, Silas Robertson, is a Tea Partier, as he reportedly consumes nearly two gallons of this Southern staple every day from an ever-present jug.

If Duck Dynasty staked out a political position on either side of dead center, it wouldn’t enjoy anything like its current ratings success. Evidently West Monroe, Louisiana, is the place where viewers of Fox and CNN can actually meet in the middle.

Another redeeming value of the show is that the Robertsons are truly tolerant. They might not understand you or agree with your fashion, sexual, or political choices, but they’ll make you feel welcome, work to find common ground, and save most of the beard scratching for later. 

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I can recount years in my life where I was just as happy and content as this clan.
Without much contamination of news and politics from the outside world; Engrossed in my own daily work and living.
You don't see cell phones or video games.
This clan has learned what is ultimately important to a quality survival and fulfilling lifestyle, without sacrificing their character for the cheap celebrity status 99.7% of Americas youth and politicians strive for.
There are many more families in America just as pure and clean as this, but they may be clean shaven, well dressed, and so low key you'll never hear of them, because they don't use Face Book, Twitter, email, or yell at their cell phone.
Thank God the main stream media is afraid of alligators, snakes, and beavers.
Thankfully, the main stream media is flat out afraid of Gods country, period.
1 year ago
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guns, God, work, family, what more do we need? i from a big family. we live close. i think not having roots or identity is a big problem in this country.
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Here's the thing: Most folks from Louisiana are the Robertsons and Swamp People AND we all have Mama's and Daddy's just like Phil and Kaye....I am a Baton Rouge girl who went to Louisiana Tech, where Phil went to college, where Terry Bradshaw was his quarterback. The Robertsons are on the redneck side of the Mason Dixon line of Louisiana, which crosses at a place called Bunkie, which is the last Cajun/Creole town right south of Alexandria. Below Bunkie is Cajun Country and that is where Swamp People is filmed. The show is comical, BUT my Southern Cajun Creole Irish family is the same: my parents had lots of kids and the grandkids are coming of age and everybody hunted and ate off the land and still do. The only difference is that women are not as girly as on the show. Many of us went fishing with our Daddies and swimming in creeks with our familes, kind of like the Yaya Sisterhood, without the disfunction.....The Robertsons are THE RULE of family life in Louisiana, not the exception. They represent my state well and so does Swamp People, who do things most men and women won't do. Hard days work to make a livin' is how we roll....then again a bad day at fishin' is better than a good day at work.
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Thank you from Internet TV [http://www.tv74.net] and the CEO SoftinCorp LLC.
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A couple seasons ago Mitchell and Glenn Guist of the Swamp People program went squirrel hunting. Brought back a 'mess of squirrels' and made squirrel and dumplings on their front porch.
One very entertaining show. Really fun watching these guys. Glenn is gone now.
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Sorry that was Mitchell that passed away, not Glenn.
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Although it has been called a reality show, Duck Dynasty is much more a throwback to a 1950s or 1960s situation comedy. Each episode is carefully structured with a B plot to supplement the A plot. Its success is helped a lot by the networks, which produce comedies that are unwatchable and offensive to a large segment of America.
1 year ago
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I can recount years in my life where I was just as happy and content as this clan.
Without much contamination of news and politics from the outside world; Engrossed in my own daily work and living.
You don't see cell phones or video games.
This clan has learned what is ultimately important to a quality survival and fulfilling lifestyle, without sacrificing their character for the cheap celebrity status 99.7% of Americas youth and politicians strive for.
There are many more families in America just as pure and clean as this, but they may be clean shaven, well dressed, and so low key you'll never hear of them, because they don't use Face Book, Twitter, email, or yell at their cell phone.
Thank God the main stream media is afraid of alligators, snakes, and beavers.
Thankfully, the main stream media is flat out afraid of Gods country, period.
1 year ago
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WANTED: GOOD WOMAN.
Must be able to clean, cook, sew, dig worms, and clean fish.
MUST OWN BOAT AND MOTOR.
Please send picture of boat and motor.
1 year ago
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"Bitter Clingers Have Taken Over Your Television...."

And I think they are attempting to expose their lifestyle and values VOID of any 'politicization' by any partisan ideologies and their activists. If I'm right, that should be a learned lesson by all the politcal activists bent of dividing the nations people over self serving partisan politics.
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Ha ha ha hirsuit. YOu didn't make that...somebody ought to make a list of all the words with their meanings and spelling so people 'talking up' can check to make sure they get it right.

Oh, and 'you didn't make that' either--all those ducks that the dynasty made their fortune on? Born and raised in...Canada! Gasp! Minnesota! Never fear--the Canadians and North Dakotans and so on will continue to apply strict environmental regulations and sacrifice farmland and water flows and tight bag limits (and no bag limits) on their own game in order to continue to send ducks down the flyway for entrepreneurial rednecks (however groomed) to hire out to shoot. You didn't make that indeed. One wishes for a dictionary of the principles governing the Connections among the several States, and the Commerce therein, of ducks and trucks and everything else, that might help indicate how very obvious it is that they didn't make That, that very few people truly Made That without enjoying the largess of the commonwealth in the form of a stable business environment, schools that don't teach Jesus on a dinosaur, state regulatory agencies that don't believe their primary function is to accommodate gigantic rapacious businesses (and their secondary function is to be so incompetent at even that bare minimum regulatory role that they constitute an excellent argument for their own abolition, and their tertiary and quaternary purposes are to actively campaign for disbanding government altogether once they've betrayed their trust as far as possible.)
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But you're not bitter....much.
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It is not surprising, by the way, that Louisiana produces intelligent, practical, creative businessmen. I don't have an opinion on whether our Dynasts would thrive anywhere they could cash in on the native wildlife without regard for its ownership by the commonwealth, which most definitely did Make That, if only by having the cash handy to buy it from Napoleon when he was a tad strapped. Even that deal offers a bit of a sting for half-wit full wingnuts who see it (and everything, pretty much) as an embarrassment to the Usurper in the White House. Don't forget (I know, I know, you can't forget what you never knew) that Napoleon stole Louisiana back from Spain before selling it to us. Don't forget that we'd never have had the chance to buy it if Napoleon hadn't been getting is butt kicked in Haiti by black and mixed-race slaves. Don't forget that fiscal conservatives nearly scotched the sale over fear of debt (though they had a very real COnstitutional argument, unlike their modern counterparts who only know the numbers 2 and 10.) Yet there it is--a gigantic swath of our nation (quick: what was the biggest city in Louisiana in 1803? Answer: St. Louis) bought by the rugged individualists who lived there! Oops, no, bought and paid for by duties and taxes. On who? on wealthy Yankee shipowners, Pennsylvania timber barons, cod-salters and whalers from Nantucket. If the main economic power in the nation had been slave-driven agriculture, of course, the largest share of such a sudden debt would have fallen on cotton, tobacco, peanut, and indigo farmers from Maryland to Mobile. But the Civil War wasn't fought over slavery, so...well, that's an inconvenient complexity for another time and another audience.

But now the takers are at it again, arguing that a miracle occurred sometime in the past and now there's ducks and water and oil in Louisiana, and it's theirs and the Federal Government must keep its hands off because Liberty. They made it, so they get to consume it! (well, not them exactly...as Cajuns of course they are actually Acadians, shipped south from Canada for...wait for it...failing to adhere to the state religion. Now they are the state religion! Ain't it wonderful!)
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WHAT are you rambling ON about?
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So, to your complex, asinine, and intellectually hirsute connection between the Great Dark Satan in the white house, nuts. To your admiration for the TV show--whether it's part of an indictment of Librul Hollywood, or a commendation of Conservative Somebody Courageous in Hollywood--sure, fine, it's a good show, I like hunting and guns and dogs and stuff, and sexy ladies so long as they adhere to the state religion on ladyparts issues of course. And I like water and boats and rivers and bayous, so long as they're the 12% of Louisiana waterways that aren't fetid sewers due to poor management of wastewater by state and local government, or private preserves snaked away from the people in violation of their constitutional right to access all navigable waterways, but I get it if you reject that one because it's tough to find, tucked away in one of those wordy and legally parts of the Constitution, not in the important part which guarantees the right to keep and bear arms in clear, plain language without any confusing conditions, at least as far as Antonin Scalia is concerned (right next to the Amendment that says No Muslins). Or the waters that haven't become rank chemical dumps due to lax application of nonexistent regulations by corrupt-when-they-aren't nonexistent state regulators and their bosses, even if the boss is a 'bureaucrat', those French cobards! who might actually be one of three honest government functionaries left, Louisianans who actually practice public service but who have a hard time doing anything because they're cowering in their tiny forgotten offices listening for the arrival of Jindal's Anti-Government jihadi budget-cutting Job Savers to arrive (mounted on dinosaurs no doubt) to fire them in order to create a $40,000 a year refinery job, though probably not. Or those Louisiana estuaries--you know the ones, where we used to get shrimp and oysters and redfish and trout? those, except now they're turbid and malodrous, swirling with clotted oil and oil byproducts, pumped tanker bilge, and effluent from casino riverboats that is mainly human excrement laced with Xanax and despair, ruined by the state's cavalier disregard for the very concept of stewardship because they were long ago bought and paid for by a succession of major multinationals, the current crop of scallywags and felons featuring such stalwarts as Haliburton and their oily cronies who have the gall to claim they buy and consume Louisiana politicians in order to make America energy independent through the exportation of petroleum products, soon to include the unspilled Canadian tar-sand glop (O Irony!) which, small detail, must first be relieved of certain impurities which will stay here and, in a perfect world none of them would escape into the air and water but it isn't a perfect world--geez, look at all the crap in the water! so we do the best we can here in the beautiful state of Louisiana, but no worries the sea level will soon rise enough to flush out all those shipping canals, dikes, groins, and relief cuts so the Delta, and all of Plaquemine Parish and a good bit of Lafourche and Terrebonne (to be renamed 'Eaubonne', sponsored by Exxon!) will be good as new though a bit damp. Those waterways. I like. Even when I'm depressed by the terrible takers and hoaxers and constitution-killing terrists that have taken over our noble government.

ice9
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ice99eci, Have you been down on Bourbon Street drinking those Sazeracs again? You know that stuff will mess with your brain.....
1 year ago
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Hey! When he wakes up, hey, he'll be embrassed by this rambling monolouge.
Hey ice99eci! It's a Life, not a philosophical discussion.
1 year ago
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guns, God, work, family, what more do we need? i from a big family. we live close. i think not having roots or identity is a big problem in this country.
1 year ago
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Love the show. One of the few programs on right now that makes me laugh out loud. The one liners spouted off by the Robertsons in the ctaways (especially Jase) as they comment on the goings on are priceless.

I believe the Hawaiin episode beat out American Idol in the ratings.
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Are you Phil Robertson? "I'm what's left of him!"
Love it.
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