HERE is a opinion piece by our old, missed a lot by many, publisher of the Grass Valley Union. It is a "free speech" article and I could not agree more. It is about the show "Duck Dynasty" on A and E Cable and I never watched it. Well, until yesterday.
Jeff Ackerman describes the show well and even though the men look like they are from the backwoods of Louisiana, oops, they are, sorry, they are successful American entrepreneurs. I think Phil Robertson was a quarterback on college football and I was told when he graduated, Terry Bradshaw was his replacement. If anyone knows the truth there, let me know.
So Phil was a QB and went to college. Yet the reason I think the uptight anal (oops, can I say that?) writer from GQ did the story on the fellow was to show his latte drinking comrades in those liberal cocktail parties in Greenwich that he and they were sooo much better human beings than these corn-pones from Louisiana and elsewhere. (I think the magazine is trash but they have "free speech" I support) Never mind that most of the cable shows have there own shows trying to make fools out of middle Americans. I don't watch them because of that. America is made up of many types of people. Could you imagine the A and E doing a reality show on poor blacks living in Watts? Hell no. They would not because those folks are a protected class by the the liberals running these shows and the lamestream media.
How about a cable show on the bathouses of San Francisco used by homosexuals to hook up? Of course they would never have a show like that. But the DD people are millionaires with scraggly beards, they are white, they are from the South and they are Christians. So, they are not coming from the "protected" class and are fair game for the liberal elite comrades of New York and the coasts. As it turns out though, A and E (it sprang from Nickelodeon for goodness sakes) got a taste of something they don't like. They were ridiculed along with the "gay rights" organizations that tried to deny Phil Robertson his "free speech" rights.
These homosexual rights groups, the activists, are dangerous to freedom in American. While chastising the 98% of the people who are not homosexual, they cannot take any criticism from anyone that they say diminishes them. I say, tough cookies. Americans can say almost anything short of libel and slander and that used to be protected by all. Now we have "hate speech" "hate crimes" and a myriad of other muzzles on people's freedoms. Hate crimes are totally ridiculous in my view. People naturally have the ability to hate (or love) regardless of what the government says. Any crime against the personal body of another is a crime. Now if the press says someone was beat up or killed and they were a homosexual, a certain religion, gender or "name your favorite", that an additional number of years will be added to your sentence for "hate". Give me a break. If someone does not like someone or something the reason they should go to jail is the actual crime. Not some PC law that tries to figure out the intent of the criminal's thought process regarding likes and dislikes.
All of this PC stuff is unAmerican in my opinion (same with confiscation of property by the law before a trial). If someone does not like someone and says so, where is it in our Constitution that says he cannot say it? Why is the government telling us all to toe the line about what we say? If someone dislike the homosexual lifestyle why is it unlawful to say so? Is there only one opinion allowed? Apparently so. I believe Americans must fight back on this PC speech protection crapola. That old saying about "birds of a feather" trues out every time. Government cannot force us into liking each other (remember forced busing?). Or if it can and if the courts and politicians can somehow make these things "crimes", then we are lost as a free country.
I was raised to be respectful of all people and so I try to live that way. Of course when someone provokes or attacks me or does things to me or my family that are not right, I have been known to return the favor. Verbally of course. But how is it these interest groups can get between me and the person I may be in disagreement with? How did this come about? You cannot even mention "woman or man" in a rental home advertisement you may have (in newspapers or even Craig'sList). You can be legally punished and fined. I think they can toss your ass in jail! Why can't I say I would like to only rent to a man or a woman? How is this private contract subject to the government oversight? The world is full of boors, liberals are the worst, but I defend their right to be boors, in speech only of course.
Duck Dynasty opened a lot of eyes and ears. Like I said I never watched it until yesterday. It is a nice family, a close family, and they have their own beliefs. A and E knew this prior to signing a contract and had to know these folks were "what you see is what you get". A and E caved to GLAAD , a homosexual pressure group, and made a stupid choice. Of course they can fire anyone they want and there doesn't have to be a reason. (Unless you are a company who closes down in America). I agree A and E could boot them. What I don't agree to is the reason (that is my free speech right). It then turned on them because the 15 million people who watched the show rose up and slapped the company upside their collective noggins. The viewers said "hey"you are wrong and we like the show, get real! The DD Robertsons said we will leave for other places and we don't care. So adios!
The DD family stuck up for their values, their opinions and their guns. America needs more of this and a lot less of the GLAAD people. The things these homosexual activists said will someday be their own undoing as they try to control others speech. The majority in America could turn on them and pass laws muzzling them. Well, probably not, the majority of Americans believe in free speech and would not muzzle them. I say if the homosexuals have a problem there is a way to air the issue. Debate in public forums. Convince people you are right or wrong. It is the American way. These homosexual groups went after Prop 8 signators here in California. They tried to obtain the signature pages of the initiative so they could harass. If you think that is right then we will definitely have conflict.