Pleasantly Surprised by Duck Dynasty Controversy
Ok, before anyone asks, no, I have not watched the show. I’m just not really into reality TV much and I confess I have never spent much energy on any program on A&E.
I also want to be very clear about what I am going to reveal here. Because of the vast numbers of people who did believe the Duck Dynasty “controversy” was worth your attention and Phil Robertson was worth your support, I do not wish to be mistaken. When A&E first announced it had suspended Mr. Robertson, I did not agree with A&E’s action. I also believed they had the right to take that action, unless contractually prohibited from doing so. I thought it a concern and an important news item from a cultural standpoint. On this, I was in agreement with fellow Christian conservatives. I would also submit that this was not a free speech issue, at least not in a legal sense. There was no legal authority telling someone they are not allowed to say something.
However, I disagreed that this particular news item was THE most important thing in the entire world we as Christian conservatives should be focusing our attention upon. The jury is still out as to whether that is no longer my opinion. But I will stipulate that it did result in something that can prove very useful both culturally and politically from a conservative point of view. The fact that A&E gave in so quickly to the pressure from supporters of Mr. Robertson and the resulting drop in ratings they suffered should teach us something we should already know. When someone stands for conservative Christian values and for principle THAT is what will bring support in droves. It worked here in the entertainment industry and I submit that if the GOP would truly become a bastion for Christian conservative principles and be representatives who are principled, it would bring out the voters support in droves as well.
In other words, IF the GOP truly wants to win in 2014 and take back the Senate as well as keep and increase the majority in the House, there is one way alone I can see that happening. The GOP leadership in Congress must change themselves to become embracers of TEA Party, constitutional conservatives for candidates and support the real conservatives currently in place. Or, the leadership itself must be replaced by those who will. I won’t even dealve into 2016 because if we “don’t get the politics right”, as Krauthammer would say, in 2014, 2016 will be unimaginable.
Is there evidence that this type of approach might work? I believe the Reagan years are all the evidence we need. Here was a true conservative who actually used our government for what it was designed for, to be the enabler of prosperity by essentially getting out of the way. He ran on conservative principles, even dare I say Christian ones, and won big! Twice. Has the GOP missed this fact; that Ronald Reagan would probably be a TEA party republican today?
There is a further lesson to be learned from the success of Mr. Robertson’s return. That is a lesson for the Christian conservatives in this land who are the potential voters. Whatever else you do, get registered to vote, get informed, and vote. The last time out the number of Christians who registered was less than 50% and less than half of them actually voted! If we as voters who care about the fate of our nation and whether there is future freedom or servitude here do not come out 100%, it will be nigh impossible to win, even in 2014. We should shatter the voter registration records in every primary and in the general election with such numbers that even potential voter fraud is nuetralized!You see, we really need a response like that which was leveled at A&E network by supporters of Duck Dynasty. If we really care about our land, our people, and our families any more than we care for a reality show. Not that caring about a reality show a bad thing, at least not in this case.