Phil Robertson, Duck Dynasty, Capitalism and Conservative Hypocrisy

phil-robertson-1I knew of Duck Dynasty — how couldn’t I have?  Their merchandise is everywhere.  Though I’ve never been a regular viewer of the actual show on A&E, I have seen it a couple of times.  For what it’s worth, it’s fairly humorous.  Pointless, but humorous.  When I read the comments Phil Robertson made during his GQ interview, I wasn’t at all shocked.  I can’t imagine anyone was.  It’s a bunch of backwoods, country born and bred individuals who clearly were the type of “Christians” who live based on a handful of excerpts from the Bible they were raised to follow.  Did anyone expect them to be LGBT advocates or liberals?

But something did strike me during this whole back and forth between the people who don’t understand what “freedom of speech” means and those who do: capitalism plays a huge part in this.

I found it ironic that many of those who were enraged at Mr. Robertson’s suspension from A&E are many of the same people who champion unfettered capitalism.  You know, where a company or business is free to do basically whatever the hell it wants.

Mr. Robertson’s freedom of speech wasn’t infringed upon in any way.  No government entity stopped him, or arrested him, for saying what he did in that interview.  He was free to say what he did just as A&E is free to hold him accountable for his comments.

Isn’t that their right in a free country?  Isn’t that their capitalistic right as a business?  Hell, aren’t Republicans big fans of “right to work”?  You know, where there’s almost no employee protection against termination?  Under “right to work” laws, a business can basically hire, suspend or fire anyone whenever they want for whatever reason they choose.

These are the economic principles conservatives pretend to live by.

Well, that’s until a long-bearded conservative country gentleman gets suspended for making ignorant statements about homosexuals (and African Americans as well, for that matter).

Funny, conservatives opposed ENDA.  You know, the Employement Non-Discrimination Act which would have prevented discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  Meaning that companies could discriminate against members of the LGBT community for simply being who they are.

But man, suspend a guy for comparing homosexuality to bestiality, terrorism and promiscuity, then suddenly it’s a direct attack on our First Amendment right to free speech.

Again, even though his suspension has nothing to do with an attack on Mr. Robertson’s First Amendment rights.

So according to many of these people, companies should have the freedom to fire someone based on their sexual orientation, but shouldn’t be allowed to suspend someone for willfully insulting millions of Americans?

And like I said, as proponents of little to no regulations on capitalism, shouldn’t they support A&E’s right to suspend Phil Robertson?  That’s capitalism, isn’t it?  You know, the very soul of this nation.

Well, if you believe Fox News and right-wing propaganda.

I just found it incredibly hypocritical (so what’s new) that some of the same people who throw hissy fits about any mention of questioning a company’s right to conduct business how they see fit are outraged when a company does exactly that.

Then again, when aren’t conservatives complete hypocrites?

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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