If It Walks Like A Duck...

Some Conservatives are not above playing the victim card, even if it means condoning real hatred.

Phil Robertson is not a victim, but he plays one on TV. Behind the ZZ Top beard is a man who holds a masters degree in education. He built a successful business developing duck calls and other products for “duck killers.”  “Duck Dynasty is the most popular reality show on cable,” a feat that is not accomplished without having an exceptional understanding of one’s audience.  Have no doubt, Robertson knew exactly what he was doing when he sat down for an interview with GQ magazine. His hate filled words were not an accidental glimpse under his beard, they were fuel for his well-oiled publicity machine.

In the end, Robertson’s “indefinite hiatus” was the equivalent of being suspended from school during winter break. A&E did not pull reruns of the show from it’s lineup, most of the next season had already been shot and filming is not even scheduled to resume until the spring. Perhaps the network’s actions were less about their “core values” of “creativity, inclusion and mutual respect” and more about stirring up controversy to bolster the ratings of the show.

The entire Duck Dynasty incident was perfect fodder for the Conservative outrage machine. Sarah Palin, the queen of faux persecution, said “so many American families have spilled blood and treasure to guarantee Phil Robertson and everybody else’s right to voice their personal opinions and once that freedom is lost, everything is lost in our country.”  For someone who ran for an office where she would “solemnly swear” to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States,” one would think that she would know a little more about the document.  The First Amendment does not guarantee a forum for speech, only that the GOVERNMENT will not suppress it. At no time was Robertson thrown in jail for his hate speech. The President did not threaten to shut down A&E if they did not remove Duck Dynasty from the cable waves. As long as the Robertson family is willing to accept $200,000 per episode for their show, they are subject to whatever rules the network wishes to make.

Proving Obama’s assertion that some Conservatives “cling to guns or religion,” Robertson's suspension was immediately framed as another battle in the supposed war against Christianity.  Bobby Jindal saw the reinstatement as a recognition “that tolerance of religious views is more important than political correctness.”  Without even reading the article, Sarah Palin defended Robertson by saying that he was just “quoting the gospel.”  I am in no way a biblical scholar, but I am reasonably sure that the words “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!” do not appear in any holy book.  It does, however, show an ignorance that confuses the available ways of sharing sexual relations with the definition of loving another human being. Did Phil marry Kay simply because he fell in love with her vagina?

While the Pope has tried to move the the Catholic church’s focus away from social issues like abortion, gay marriage and contraception, conservatives like Robertson seem strangely obsessed with these subjects. When asked “what, in your mind, is sinful,” he did not start with an act like badly beating “up a bar owner and the guy’s wife.”   Perhaps this was because this type of sin hit too close to home. Instead he suggested that we “start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there.”  Even if one were to agree that homosexuality is a sin, and all religions do not share the same conclusion, it would be a transgression of a personal nature and have no effect on Robertson’s life. Can Robertson claim that his sins had no victims? If not, perhaps assault is a more logical place to begin a study of sin.

While Jindal thinks that “the politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with,” he fails to explain why anyone should be tolerant of bigotry.  If, as Phil says, it is “the Almighty’s job” to “judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell,” then why the obsession with homosexuality?  No one is responsible for anyone else’s spiritual salvation. Speaking out against the things that Robertson said in his interview has nothing to do with religious freedom as no one has suggested that the duck hunter should be forced to engage in homosexual activity. Others simply want to be left alone with their personal choices without continued verbal harassment.

To continue to preach an unwanted message is, at best, rude. At some point it can also become dangerous. “Surpassing crimes committed on the basis of religion, the number of reported hate crimes committed against gay men and lesbians increased from 1,277 in 2010 to 1,293 in 2011.”  While overall crime rates have plummeted in New York City, by August the number of attacks against gays had already surpassed the previous year. This included a 32-year-old gay man who was murdered after his attackers called him a “queer” and a “faggot.” At some point people like Phil Robertson need to take responsibility for the fact that their public message enables an atmosphere where these types of crimes occur.

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Carl Petersen III January 05, 2014 at 01:14 AM
Rush Limbaugh: Swiss profiled Oprah because she’s ‘fat’ http://thegrio.com/2013/08/09/rush-limbaugh-swiss-profiled-oprah-because-shes-fat/ ___________________________________________________ "Let's assume you're right [caller]. So, David Paterson will become the massa who gets to appoint whoever gets to take Massa's place. So, for the first time in his life, Paterson's gonna be a massa. Interesting, interesting." http://www.alternet.org/20-most-racist-things-rush-limbaugh-has-ever-said _________________________________________________ "[When a Mexican won the New York Marathon] 'An immigration agent chased him the last 10 miles.'" http://hypervocal.com/news/2012/10-outrageous-rush-limbaugh-quotes-that-didnt-cause-his-sponsors-to-flee/ ___________________________________________________ "[H]as the CDC ever published a story about the dangers of catching diseases when you sleep with illegal aliens?" http://mediamatters.org/blog/2012/03/10/15-of-limbaughs-most-offensive-and-controversia/186214
Things I Learned January 05, 2014 at 01:20 AM
He also called Sandra Fluke a slut because she wanted us to pay for her solid gold diaphragm don't forget that one.
Carl Petersen III January 05, 2014 at 01:45 AM
"O'Reilly suggested Jennifer Moore, an 18-year-old who was raped and murdered, was asking for it by her dress: She was 5-foot-2, 105 pounds, wearing a miniskirt and a halter top with a bare midriff, O'Reilly said. Now, again, there you go. So every predator in the world is gonna pick that up at two in the morning." http://www.ibtimes.com/bill-oreilly-re-signs-fox-10-controversial-quotes-factor-host-693072 ___________________________________________________ " While hosting a charity event for an urban school back in 2003 where an African-American singing group called "The Best Men" were late to show up, O'Reilly quipped to the largely black audience, 'Does anyone know where the Best Men are? I hope they're not in the parking lot stealing our hubcaps.'" http://voices.yahoo.com/bill-o-reillys-top-ten-dumbest-quotes-1029075.html ___________________________________________________ "If I'm the president of the United States, I walk right into Union Square, I set up my little presidential podium, and I say, 'Listen, citizens of San Francisco, if you vote against military recruiting, you're not going to get another nickel in federal funds. Fine. You want to be your own country? Go right ahead. And if Al Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about it. We're going to say, look, every other place in America is off limits to you, except San Francisco. You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead.'" --after San Francisco voted to ban military recruiters from city schools, Nov. 8, 2005 http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/billoreilly/a/oreillyquotes.htm
Komfort January 05, 2014 at 01:51 AM
Things I Learned January 05, 2014 at 01:58 AM
So we're officially past pretending MelissaNBCPerry didn't say what she said and sincerely apologized if our lying ears misinterpreted her because white privilege huh?
Komfort January 05, 2014 at 02:11 AM
I think we are pretending Limbaugh guides Perry's moral compass.
Things I Learned January 05, 2014 at 02:16 AM
Chicks with compasses? Ain't enough Viagra in the world for that amirite ChaЯly B amirite?
Komfort January 05, 2014 at 02:17 AM
Yes. It always points to abortion.
Charlie Brown's Instructor January 05, 2014 at 02:42 AM
Charlie what reason do you have for atheism being whiter than the tea party and minorities particularly blacks and latinos being the most religious races in america? white priviledge or is that only reserved for movements with conservative white people?
Things I Learned January 05, 2014 at 02:47 AM
Ziegler January 05, 2014 at 03:42 AM
Komfort January 05, 2014 at 03:58 AM
California felons play the victim card.
Jeremiah January 05, 2014 at 10:50 AM
Here is an article about voting by felons in California just to set the record straight and quell argument. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Can_a_convicted_felon_vote_in_California **** Jeremiah
Things I Learned January 05, 2014 at 10:58 AM
Status Quo January 05, 2014 at 11:43 AM
Seven out of ten Californians, play the victim and deal race cards at will.
Ziegler January 05, 2014 at 02:56 PM
I saw an article that Felons vote 7 to 10 democratic. Do you really believe that reporters are never wrong? felons are not allowed to register and vote under the law. There is no possible way that a pollster could find out how felons would vote if they could. Because the make up of prisoners is 40 % Black and a large percentage are Latino, it is possible that an estimate of what could have been had they been allowed to vote, was made by whoever did the estimate. Polls have to be taken with a huge grain of salt to begin with. This is about as unscientific as one can imagine. some people believe that if felons could vote that the prisons would be much more humane. Lastly demonizing your opponents does nothing to further the debate, and you lose points that way. Argue your case.
Things I Learned January 05, 2014 at 03:05 PM
Ziegler owns the internet.
Status Quo January 05, 2014 at 09:59 PM
'ROCK'~ Copy 'n paste' this... Я ... if you like. However, I have found 'TIL' quite willing to answer real questions if asked in a kind way. A clue... you must specify an operating system still to this day, for proper keystrokes instruction. From experience, 'TIL' does not fill in your blanks and seems to share my mirthful willingness to guide you to an answer with a twist. Harder explanations, are possible.
Things I Learned January 05, 2014 at 10:29 PM
¿ɹǝʌıן pǝddoɥɔ ı ɯɐ ʇɐɥʍ
Komfort January 05, 2014 at 10:32 PM
Finally Carl's thread is making sense.
Things I Learned January 05, 2014 at 10:45 PM
˙˙˙ʞɔnp ɐ ǝʞıן sʞןɐʍ ʇı ɟı
Status Quo January 06, 2014 at 11:28 AM
"¿ɹǝʌıן pǝddoɥɔ ı ɯɐ ʇɐɥʍ"... You are the soul.
Charlie B January 06, 2014 at 11:52 AM
FORTIFIED- thanks for clarifying... 1) CHARLES Decided to post more hate because he sees it >> Again, the Blog subject was "The Dangers of Hate," and this was a perfect example of racists who say they are not racists. . . . . . . . 2) I am a bonehead because Charlie thinks I am saying something I haven't. >> No, It was because I already answered your question previously, and was frustrated by your knuckle-headedness . . . . . . . . 3) all militia groups are racist >> Now you're catching on; while it might not be 100%, I've come across no evidence to the contrary: God, Guts, and Guns . . . . . . . 4) Republicans are racist. >> Too many are, but I never said that all are racist. Once again, the current party has racist heritage. What's worse is that the GOP panders to their racist base for votes. Does that make them racist? I say yes. The Dems do this to a much lesser degree, and usually it's in the southern states. Not an excuse . . . . . . . . . 4) I should not be inquisitive, because that makes me "controlling" >> I didn't say that. You do want the last word, but so do most of us on this blog . . . . . . . 5) I and many others are --"ignorant, angry, racist, semi-Christian, and in luv with guns"-- >> you tell me what fits , it's all a blur to me . . . . . . 6) "responsible for more domestic terror acts than Islamist groups" >> Yeah. Look it up--since 911, it's not even close.
Status Quo January 06, 2014 at 12:22 PM
"The Dems do this to a much lesser degree, and usually it's in the southern states. Not an excuse . . . . ."
Charlie B January 06, 2014 at 08:09 PM
ROCK-san, Am I whistling Dixie from my bottom-most sphincter? Or are my opinions based on fact and used in a general way? Or some combination of the two? I responded to your list of six items you incorrectly deciphered from my previous comments. Did nothing ring true? I'd venture that you, like me, have opinions that may come across as prejudicial, and some that are. Again, if the glove fits.
Things I Learned January 06, 2014 at 08:44 PM
You must smell its?
Status Quo January 08, 2014 at 12:08 PM
Six ciphered comments, do not reveal an argument made. Whistlin' appears in many forms, and the coding of 'Charlie B's comments is emerging. Whether 'Charlie B' proves or not, that he is utilizing his own coding within ciphered comments is a beholder 'thingie. "knuckle-headedness(sic)" v "boneheaded" is is also dependent upon the fact, that commenters do not burden themselves with facing their opponent. A correct equivocation is who's zoomin' who? My overview to coded messaging is insignificant, but I'm pretty sure who's doin' the zoomin' and has developed disrespect.
UPinSmoke January 08, 2014 at 03:10 PM
Hi Status. ... Happy New Year! you may or may not be aware of it, but i have a feeling that many here believe that You speak in code --- almost most of the time. Plain talk (wording) can sometimes compensate for our inability here on patch to see facial expression or hear vocal inflection. (unless, of course, your meaning is meant to be cryptic. But, perhaps That should be used in moderation for maximum effect.) ................ So, make it Plain, man. Cheers.
Status Quo January 10, 2014 at 11:44 PM
'UPinSMOKE', Thanks for the heads-up, and in the future... I will consider not sugar-coating how I feel, saying what I really mean and care a little less ~ how I say it. As I have stated before 'UP', my meanings are not to be confused, but some confusion may be picked up along the way.


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