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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!

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I don't think the author thinks you're a bunch of dumb rednecks - I think he's on your side. At least to the extent that he recognizes that you're people with genuine concerns, and this issue is a flashpoint for those concerns. He's criticizing other people who try to just suffocate discussions by throwing a pre-emptive wet blanket over them, saying "This isn't as important as MY issue, so shut up and talk about what I want to talk about."
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
1 year ago
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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!

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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.....'>>.......
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I find the racial references in this article distracting and offensive.
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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.
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It appears most of us posting here are ingauged in all matters that are important for America, and the world. From the NSA, to drones, the 2-3% who feel Christianty is hate speech, and those poor beautiful girls posting here about making a lot of money while wearing knee pads.
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Let's see 1)"Duck Dynasty" under attack in America. 2)Israel under attack in the Middle East...all happening from USA's MSM and its academics. What is the single unifying factor in these two events? 3)RELIGION!!!! America's Judeo-Christian heritage is under direct, frontal attack. No Nativity scenes, No mention of passages to Christmas in Carols sung in schools, no religious organizations on college campuses, and-on-and-on-and-on. Now, a concerted effort to decimate everything Israel, too. And, now get this!!! American Jewery applauds these events??? SAY WHAT? They overwhelmingly fund these events.
What in the world does it take to wake-up this vast segment of American religious society to the simple fact their Judeo (Israeli) values are under frontal attack? America's Christians are already fully awakened to this impending danger. Push-back has already begun in the nascent Tea Party, Religious, Christian (CBN) sectors and a large swath of Average uninformed Americans. Only Pope Francis is "asleep at the wheel!" This has to be a unified effort by ALL American Judeo-Christians to protect their God Given Right to religious freedoms and one, only one Bible and Torah. That's what defined America as outlined by our Founding Fathers. Pray. Amen. Protect our communion with our Lord Jesus Christ (Yahweh). Join a Tea Party.
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Re: drone attacks on "wedding parties" in places such as Pakistan, Yemen, etc., I would ask those who object the following questions:

1. Do you think the US should be at war with AQ and its associates?

2. Do you think that AQ might use the cover of genuine wedding parties for meetings?

3. Have you heard that Islamist terrorists make a practice of hiding among civilian populations, a war crime, for example, the actions of Hezbollah in Lebanon were missiles aimed at Israel were hidden in civilian homes?

4. Do you accept that war sometimes brings unintended civilian casualties?

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You are wrong about the Duck Dynasty audience Mr. Hudson. Maybe not all but some are very concerned with the liberties our POTUS is taking with bombing and killing innocent people with drones. Just because you may view us as just a bunch of dumb rednecks watching a tv show (and a very good show I might add) doesn't mean we don't know what is going on with our government.
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I don't think the author thinks you're a bunch of dumb rednecks - I think he's on your side. At least to the extent that he recognizes that you're people with genuine concerns, and this issue is a flashpoint for those concerns. He's criticizing other people who try to just suffocate discussions by throwing a pre-emptive wet blanket over them, saying "This isn't as important as MY issue, so shut up and talk about what I want to talk about."
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I think you're right, I just got my feathers in a ruffle there for a minute:)
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