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December 20, 2013 - 7:00 am
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Reacting to a phenomenal wave of activity across social media in the wake of cable network A&E’s suspension of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson for expressing his Christian view of homosexuality, many liberty activists have voiced frustration with the amount of attention a reality show can garner while — in their view — far more pressing issues persist. Some have even suggested that the entire drama has been orchestrated by the media to divert attention from issues like the implosion of Obamacare or the expanding NSA spying scandal.

Here’s a sample which exemplifies the sentiment of many:

I really wish people got half as outraged about things that actually matter as they do about stuff that happens on reality shows. I am so tired of it!

And another:

If you’re more upset that Phil Robertson got kicked off of A&E than you are that a US Drone bombed a wedding in Yemen last week killing 15 civilians, you might be part of the problem.

There’s an irony here which ought to command our attention. The essence of liberty emerges as the principle of individual rights, the recognition that each person retains the prerogative to form their own value judgments. The political left rejects that principle, insisting that individuals surrender their chosen values and adopt those deemed superior by an elite ruling class. Their willingness to wield force and compel others to forsake chosen values metastasizes from an initial conviction that people ought to think a certain way. Getting upset about how upset someone else gets about something you don’t think they should be upset about… it really says more about you than it does about them. It manifests from a latent bit of tyranny which would make others reorient their values.

These are friends of mine making the above comments. And God knows I’ve made similar comments in other contexts. While that doesn’t necessarily mean we’re all a bunch of tyrants, it should trigger a thoughtful consideration of why people value the things they value.

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This is once again a huge victory for the Left. Traditional values that would have been expressed without any ensuing uproar at all twenty years ago are now associated with just a bunch of hairy old redneck outcasts. The Left, that means Marxists, socialists, communists etc., are necessarily at war with tradition, religion and culture, because those are at cross purposes with their project of a utopian, egalitarian state, administered of course by their small elite. This is part of the propaganda war. It should be easily recognizable by any who know the history of the Twentieth Century. But few do because they run the schools too. The USSR is our future if we do not get wise fast.
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This Duck Dynasty curfluffle is important to people because it is personal for people. It's a direct attack (one of many) on our culture and people want their culture back.

Things like the NSA and all the assorted corruption are allowed because of the cultural ROT in this country and people are sick of it and taking on the thing they have control over - to make their voices heard that we've had ENOUGH!

Taking the culture back is the first step in taking the country back and this thing happening as it did - at Christmas time when the left ingage in their yearly tradition of ruining it for everyone - is no accident in my opinion. This isn't just a national story it's international as well. This has turned into a HUGE deal and there are far, far more people on Mr. Robertson's side than the other.

God works in mysterious ways!

43 weeks ago
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I've got the perfect solution to all this. Well, I like it anyway. Phil Robertson should announce that he is going to address this matter in a news conference. Rumors should then be put out that he is going to profusely apologize. Phil Robertson, with all the members of the Duck Dynasy with him, should then announce at the press conference that he and the whole Duck Dynasty have seen the light ... ... and ... ... are converting to Islam. With the other members of the Duck Dynasty all shouting "Allah Be Praised" and "Allah Akbar!", he should then read several passages from the koran about gays.
43 weeks ago
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42 weeks ago
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my roomate's mother makes $87/hour on the internet. She has been fired from work for seven months but last month her payment was $14797 just working on the internet for a few hours. you could check here........

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42 weeks ago
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my roomate's step-sister makes $74/hr on the internet. She has been out of a job for 10 months but last month her income was $18336 just working on the internet for a few hours. look at this website http://fff.to/31s0
42 weeks ago
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If you care about a drone killing a wedding party in Yemen, drone Obama. Or least impeach him. As collateral “damage,” Obama’s impeachment would end Obamacare. Win-win.
43 weeks ago
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This is once again a huge victory for the Left. Traditional values that would have been expressed without any ensuing uproar at all twenty years ago are now associated with just a bunch of hairy old redneck outcasts. The Left, that means Marxists, socialists, communists etc., are necessarily at war with tradition, religion and culture, because those are at cross purposes with their project of a utopian, egalitarian state, administered of course by their small elite. This is part of the propaganda war. It should be easily recognizable by any who know the history of the Twentieth Century. But few do because they run the schools too. The USSR is our future if we do not get wise fast.
43 weeks ago
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Totally disagree. Think it's a huge defeat for the Left. Everyone involved -- GLAAD, TMZ, LA Times, A&E -- have *all* been forced to fall back and retrench because of the unexpected and overwhelming reaction. I'm reading that GLAAD is getting a lot of donations but I haven't actually seen any numbers to prove it so I choose to disbelieve those claims. When you have to start quoting Charlie Sheen to back up your claims, then it's a pretty good bet that you're on the losing side of an argument.
42 weeks ago
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The wedding presumably deserved to be bombed by us. Phil Robertson does NOT deserve to be bombed by us. It's that simple.

I can't map either of those to the news covering the white girl being kidnapped, Walter. I do not think it is a matter of selective perception or presentation, but in the case of the wedding and Robertson it is the simple matter of the facts.
43 weeks ago
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After watching Obama’s exercise of his judgment and intellect for five years as president, it’s likely the wedding party were the only pro-USA people in Yemen.
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
This Duck Dynasty curfluffle is important to people because it is personal for people. It's a direct attack (one of many) on our culture and people want their culture back.

Things like the NSA and all the assorted corruption are allowed because of the cultural ROT in this country and people are sick of it and taking on the thing they have control over - to make their voices heard that we've had ENOUGH!

Taking the culture back is the first step in taking the country back and this thing happening as it did - at Christmas time when the left ingage in their yearly tradition of ruining it for everyone - is no accident in my opinion. This isn't just a national story it's international as well. This has turned into a HUGE deal and there are far, far more people on Mr. Robertson's side than the other.

God works in mysterious ways!

43 weeks ago
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"......However, they can relate to having their speech chilled by institutions hostile to their religion and worldview. Phil Robertson thus stands in for many who feel they too have been censured for their beliefs. People support him because they share his values and can relate to his ordeal........"

The 'Form', currently in power in our culture holds that to envision an outcome less favourable for a few people compared to some others is wicked and cruel and not to be engaged with in polite society......

This 'Form' is supposed to create and define us; like the People of the Book, admired for their vitality and communal integrity those of the 'Form' wish to emulate. Fortunately for Mr. Phil Robertson, the 'Form' is not defended with the same rigour as The Book - and he is still here to speak to us today.....'>>.......
43 weeks ago
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I find the racial references in this article distracting and offensive.
43 weeks ago
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And I've decided that I don't care if you're offended.

The experiences are his and not yours. Therefore they are none of your business or mine.
43 weeks ago
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Of course its important.

This episode is the latest cause for those pushing the Christian White victimhood message which is key to the right's identity politics turn of the last 30 years.

Honestly, its about all keeping the GOP afloat at this point. Their record of governance is (sometimes admittedly) awful, but the LIVs will still rally to a message of religio-ethnic solidarity.
43 weeks ago
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You know, some time this weekend the thought occurred that not only is this a debate on homosexuality, Christian values, and/or racism, but it's also the latest example of the American elite's "war on men". The lesbians and higher ed professors and entertainment moguls who are used to dominating our culture were resoundingly thrown back by a man in a beard who stuck to his guns (lliterally). it's amazing what a little brave gumption in a bass voice will accomplish.
42 weeks ago
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Wow. You are messed up.
43 weeks ago
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