Sarah Palin Defines Hypocrisy, Claims Duck Dynasty Suspension is an Attack on Free Speech

1472366_10152107578312489_592930349_nYou just had to know the Queen of Hypocrisy was going to chime in on the suspension of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson.  Not because she’s an idiot who constantly proves she doesn’t understand much of anything (she is), but because she’s an absolute hypocrite.

Sarah Palin posted on her Facebook page:

“Free speech is an endangered species. Those “intolerants” hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.”

Interesting.  When Martin Bashir made a fairly disgusting remark about Sarah Palin she didn’t seem to be such a big fan of free speech, saying:

“As for the networks condoning those types of statements, because there’s been no punishment of the fella who said these words, that’s hypocrisy.”

So, wait a minute.  She’s publicly slamming people, or as she calls them “intolerants,” for attacking Phil Robertson voicing his personal opinion — yet she called MSNBC hypocrites for not punishing Martin Bashir (though he was eventually forced to resign)?

Again, let me get this straight:

  • A&E (and those who support this suspension) are “intolerants” attacking free speech.
  • MSNBC (and anyone who condoned Bashir’s comments) are hypocrites for not punishing Martin Bashir.

I can’t even wrap my mind around this level of stupidity and hypocrisy.

She is literally attacking the very same thing she openly called for following Martin Bashir’s comments about her.  So I guess that means she’s an “intolerant who’s hatin’ on free speech?”

It’s just another example of the ridiculous hypocrisy displayed by those on the far right.  They love “free speech” just as long as they agree with what’s being said.  Once someone says something they don’t like, suddenly they want consequences.

And again, as I’ve said before, this isn’t an issue of free speech.  Phil Robertson is under no legal threat whatsoever for his comments.  His suspension stems from his employer holding him responsible for statements that were extremely offensive to millions of individuals.  He not only expressed his opinion about homosexuality, but he lumped gay people in with terrorists and bestiality.

When you’re in the public light, there are plenty of ways to express a controversial opinion without being ridiculously disgusting and downright bizarre. He could have said, “Based on how I was raised, I simply don’t agree with homosexuality.”  If he said something like that, no big deal really.  I doubt any sort of action would have been taken against him by A&E for an opinion like that.  But when you bring up homosexuality and blatantly compare it to terrorism and bestiality — that’s a problem.

I didn’t see too many conservatives outraged when Alec Baldwin was fired from his new show on MSNBC following his anti-gay remarks.  Both Bashir and Baldwin faced repercussions for their remarks as public figures and representatives of MSNBC.  I didn’t have a problem with how the network handled either of their situations.

Likewise, Robertson is facing the repercussions for his words as a public figure and a representative of A&E.  Which is something I’m almost certain is listed in his contract that he signed with the network.

I just found it disgustingly hypocritical (though not at all shocking) that Sarah Palin — the same woman who called for the punishment of Martin Bashir following his less than flattering comments about her — would be someone attacking the punishment laid out by A&E against Phil Robertson.

It’s a level of hypocrisy that’s so absurdly stunning, Sarah Palin might have finally outdone herself.  She should pack her bags and retire to the back woods of Alaska at the top of her game, because it doesn’t get much “better” than this.

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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  • Linda Allen

    If free speech was endangered–this lady would have been shut down a long time ago

  • Michelle Grasz

    When will she be punished for Gabrielle Gifford?

    • Michael Hankins

      And what responsibility does she hold for Gabrielle Gifford? Since we ALL know that other than being a stone whack-job nut, Jared Lee Loughner was also a FAR LEFT Liberal who was angry that Giffords wasn’t “LEFT” enough.

  • Randall Crawford

    Maybe it’s just like Martin Bashir said: “she’s a world class idiot.”

    • Half-Evil D

      AND America’s Resident Dunce!!

  • Kevin Daugherty

    I dont recall her saying anything when Paula Deen was fired, either after a remark she made 30 yrs earlier. To nail her down on anything is like nailing jello to a wall.

  • John Ring

    Oh, come on. The difference is so clear. Robertson is white, and Bashir is brown.

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      and Robertson doesn’t shower

      • GL

        But wait, wouldn’t that make Robertson brown too? Or at least a pleasing shade of ochre?

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        shade? perhaps—– scent?? REEEEE-PULSIVE ( REEEE-PUBLICAN)

    • David Hutchison

      What is different they were both fired for their views…

      • John Ring

        The point is that Palin excoriated one and defended the other.

  • crabjack

    …that’s what she is, the Queen of Refuse. So bow down to her if you want, bow to her. Bow to the Queen of Slime, the Queen of Filth, the Queen of Putrescence. Boo. Boo. Rubbish. Filth. Slime. Muck. Boo. Boo. Boo.

    • Guest

      Tee Hee, Princess Bride. Love that movie !!!

    • Randall Crawford

      Princess Bride, love that movie !!!

    • Guest

      Maturity abounds on this website! And 13 people are in agreement with you!

      • crabjack

        We must make light of her, or surely we will go insane!

    • OneDeepah

      Hillary Clinton is of the same breed, don’t be fooled. She has better handlers and the media simply adores her newsworthiness, unless…well…it has to do with Benghazi.

      • crabjack

        I really don’t see what your comment has to do with anything. This thread is about Sara Palin. But now that you’ve brought it up, you couldn’t be more wrong. Hillary is intelligent, and she takes her position in politics seriously. Sarah is not, and the only things she takes seriously are attention whoring and personal profit. It interests me that now that the Republican party, and even more-so the Teabaggers, are being recognized by a fast-growing segment of Americans for the fear-mongers and hate-mongers they are; now that the right is falling to pieces; I hear more and more from that shrinking segment that, “both parties are the same.” Both parties are not the same! Saying so does not make it so. That’s just another right wing tactic; repeat a lie often enough, and eventually some people will start believing the lie. Not this time, Deepah.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        do enjoy Hillary 2016-2024; then Elizabeth warren 2024 -2032. repubs are now the WHIG party!!

      • Mighty Tegu = Child Molester

        Wow a fortune teller chef with a meth habit.

        You ever get sick of having to tell people that you are a registered sex offender?

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        I am flattered U had to make a profile JUST TO GO AFTER MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!! awwww,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, little curly man fall down and go “BOOM”??? poor little man,,,, crybaby maximus!

      • crabjack

        And the Benghazi thing….. It’s just because you haven’t got anything else!

    • Michael Hankins

      WOW! That lacked intelligence

  • sfwmson

    Anything To Keep Her Name In The News.

    • FD Brian

      If she wants her name in the news then just do porn, she’ll say less stupid stuff.

      • 17jim17

        plus, it’s hard to talk with your mouth full.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        I want her sex real bad,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,shes sexy for her age

  • Dear Allen,

    I suggest you stop trying to wrap your head around anything Caribou Barbie says. Most people having IQ’s above room temperature (in Celsius) can’t, and frankly, it sounds kid of painful.

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      yeah,,,,,,,,,,,,but shes yummie to look at and I luv sex with idiots who “think” they are important

  • Dear Sarah,

    Take it upon my authority that if you were start openly praising President Obama on TV, Fox would fire you without batting an eyelid.

    • Michael Smithfield

      So, we should “take it upon [your] authority”? If Palin started openly praising Obama she shouldn’t be fired, she should be hospitalized. Please do not tell me after all the lies, scandals and general disregard for the American public, there are people who still support Obama.
      That defies all logic!

      • What would you know about logic, living as you do in your fact free and hate-filled universe?

      • Michael Smithfield

        Why is the liberal’s world so full of assumptions? Actually, based on assumptions…
        I haven’t heard any facts from you yet, and I’m sure you love me uncompromisingly…

      • Fact: The first Amendment does not protect your job, only your right not to be prosecuted for what you say and think.
        Fact: Sarah Palin appears ignorant of the above.
        Fact: I am nothing like a liberal.
        Fact: there isn’t any chance you will hear anything from me as this entire discussion is on the internet.
        Fact: I have read nothing even approximately resembling facts from you, only the same sort of assumptions you rail against.
        Fact, I don’t love you or even care much about your general existence. I do pity you somewhat, but not much.

        Opinion: Palin should have been hospitalized long ago for her narcissistic personality disorder.

        Prediction: Fox would drop Palin immediately if she were to say anything nice about the president, or ANY Democrat, the Pope, or anyone the big giant heads at Fox have decided is a “liberal,” “Marxist,” “Un-American” or whatever.

      • Michael Smithfield

        Thank you for the random and irrelevant self-proclaimed, I mean “Take it upon my authority” opinionated “facts”.
        And I find it interesting that you accused me of being a “hater”, when you admit, “I don’t love you or even care much about your general existence”… Sounds like “hate” to me… But then again, you couldn’t be a hypocrite….
        And no need to pity me… I have more life than you could ever imagine.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        hey kreskin,,,,,,,,,,,,if ur life was so grand U would be crying the same way regressive white trash does on the republican side

      • Nothing is random in my reply. Also, my not having much pity for you does not imply hatred. It implies general indifference. As to your “life,” it seems a lot of it is spent here posting posting absurd-delusional right-wing inanity. I’m guessing the other half of it is spent listening to Fox News and collecting absurd, right-wing inanities.

        That is not much of a life.

      • Michael Smithfield

        I found out the problem…. You have selective reading skills…. You confused what you had earlier said about pity, as being my understanding of what makes you a hater… When I clearly said, and quoted as the reason what you said, “I don’t love you or even care much about your general existence”.
        And about life… So sorry, but you would never know….

      • No the problem is that you have a limited command of English, facts, reality.

      • Michael Smithfield

        You might want to re-read what you wrote, and think about it…

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        facts: Reagan and both bushs used MORE executive orders than Obama. fact: spending has seriously decreased under Obama…. fact: bin ladin is toast under obamas administration,,,,fact: the fed “stimulus” is now soon waning as our economy is improving better than advertised ( in spite of republican obstruction) fact: tea party crybabies in HOUSE shut down GOVT ( only branch of GOVT allowed to do this) FACT: we are far far far less oil dependent upon foreign oil in obamas tenure. FACT: republicans voted AGAINST lilly ledbetter act ( SEE: equal pay for women) FACT: republicans voted against the “violence against women” legislation,,,FACT: stock markets at ALL TIME HIGHS –as well as corporate profits– under this Marxist martian socialist muslim Kenyan president. FACT: Housing markets have ( finally) rebounded so well price wise that investors are gobbling up properties all over most of America,,, FACT: americans OVERWHELMINGLY voted Obama in for a second term as they are tired of republican lies and religious crap TRYING to enter our government. FACT: Obama has deported MORE illegals than bush did,,,,,,FACT: I still wanna f*ck sarah palin even though my girlfriend ( see:: MY photo here) is sexy as all hell!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Why5ks

        Mr. Troll Smithfield, at least 53% of the people do…did you follow the last election or was you head so far up Karl Rove’s butt you missed that one.

      • Michael Smithfield

        By the way, I kind of like the name calling… it takes the guesswork out of the maturity of the author.
        Sure I followed the last election… it was like watching a group of sheep running off a cliff. A group of sheep that in spite of uncontrollable spending, uncontrollable unemployment, a health care system that is so good that it’s creators and advocates have exempted themselves and their friends from being subject to it, unending lies, scandals, including Benghazi, and the list goes on.
        It’s one of those – fool me once. I guess you all still had that glimmer of hope, albeit extremely naive, that change was still in sight.
        You do realize, including you, it’s now at 38%. But, keep holding on…

      • jonjstrine42

        Let’s see:
        “uncontrollable spending”… so explain to me why spending has gone down during this administration, and why the yearly deficits have also gone down?
        “uncontrollable unemployment”… which has fallen from a high of over 10% to 7%, and we’ve experienced over four YEARS of continuous private sector job growth.
        “a health care system that is so good that it’s creators and advocates
        have exempted themselves and their friends from being subject to it”… actually, an amendment to the ACA makes it mandatory for Congressmen and women to get their insurance through the ACA. So, you may want to get the facts on that one. You seem to be wrong… again.
        “Benghazi”… really? This one hasn’t been thoroughly debunked enough for you? Please, tell me what the “scandal” is about Benghazi?

        So, tell me again about sheep, O Right-Wing Parrot?

      • quanah

        What?, No birtherism?? You’re slipping, Mike…

      • Michael Smithfield

        Honesty is the best policy, and being born in America is one of the qualifications to become president… However, at this point, where Obama was born pales in comparison with the mess he has made, and is the least of my concerns.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        I agree,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, his mess PALES in comparison with the F*CKING mess Reagan started and the bush “dynasty” perpetuated

      • Michael Smithfield

        Your avatar and language is a give away of your intelligence…

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        nope– its a giveaway of ( a) my sexy American indian girlfriends natural chest (B) my atrophy in attempting to deal with oligophrenial “testarudo” coelecanths such as you. Care to play language and lexicon with me?

      • David Hutchison

        Wow a real birther, I had not actually seen on on here before…Interesting…HOw do you feel about Bush and his fake WMDs. Just curious

      • Michael Smithfield

        How could spending go down when

        -“Obama Has Increased Debt More than All Presidents from George Washington Through George H.W. Bush Combined” That was in 2011
        “Less than two months into President Obama’s second term, new numbers show the national debt increased by more than $6 trillion since he took office.” CBS News

        -The unemployment rate dropped to 7.2% in September, while the economy only added 148,000 jobs. Here are some interesting facts about that:

        The number of 90,609,000 not in the workforce is the highest number. Ever.

        Under President Obama, over 10 million have dropped out of the workforce, while government spending has gone up.

        The labor participation rate (the percentage of able-bodied adults working) stayed at 63.2%. This is the lowest rate since August 1978. That’s over 35 years.

        -And you, like Obama, are so fond of Congress… To tell you the truth, I am not currently much in favor of them either…
        Is Obama, Pelosi, Reid participating in Obamacare, or what is the name you are calling it? The name has been changed, duly so, so much it’s hard to keep up with! Oh, and Reid just gave waivers to his staff…

        Yes… so good, Obama would have to go behind closed doors (transparency) and buy off the Senators for their vote… have you forgotten?

        So good that they would have to lie and tell the people day and night that they have nothing to worry about… “You will be able to keep your insurance and Dr.” Can you dispute that one? I’m pretty sure Obama, Pelosi, Reid, nor any of the Senators who pushed through the bill lost theirs…

        – Benghazi… Debunked??? You mean it was over a video after all? How could I have missed that… And of course Miss Clinton did, just at the right time, get amnesia… But after all, “what does it matter how [the(y) 4 Americans] died”.

        Really after reading all the fiction that you have written, I can see how so many people voted for Obama… Then again, I doubt any substantial amount of Obama supporters cared anything about any facts – be them fictitious as yours…
        But, you might want to wipe that Kool aid off your fur…

        PS. Update. The debt is now up $6.6 TRILLION

      • jonjstrine42

        I’m not going to bother trying to convince you of the truth. You’re way to ensconced in the right-wing echo chamber. That, and after reading that obvious cut-and-paste job that was nothing but pure Fox/GOP/Tea Party talking points (most of which, again, have been dbunked more times than the Bigfoot myth), I find it hard to type through my tears of laughter.
        So, please be careful when you’re telling others what they’re drinking. You may want to take a look in your own cup first.

      • Michael Smithfield

        I think that’s a good idea… Most liberals use some kind of irrelevant excuse when they feel defeated or just run out of things to say.
        If you want to continue to support Obama, in spite of all the evidence, that is your prerogative… But, unlike the subtle problems the previous presidents might have made… you will be affected by this one!

      • jonjstrine42

        I’ve wiped away enough tears to throw some quick facts at you:
        No, President Obama has not increased the debt more than every other president combined. It’s a lie, debunked by several outlets, not the least of which being factcheck dot org. But, since I can’t post the link (which is why I think this was being moderated), the debt on President Obama’s inauguration stood at $10.9 trillion. It is now currently at $17,262,424,507,197.39 (as of 0120 hrs, Dec 20, 2013). So, obviously, he has not increased the debt as much as every other president combined. Do the math.
        Yes, spending has fallen under President Obama. generous enough. The Treasury Department announced that federal spending fell
        2.3% to $3.45 trillion in fiscal 2013 after dropping 1.8% in 2012. It was the largest annual decline in federal spending since 1955, and the first time spending had fallen two years in a row since 1954-55.
        Yes, deficits have fallen under President Obama. Under this administration, deficits have fallen from 10% of GDP to just 3%.
        It was not Hillary Clinton or President Obama that mentioned the video tape in regards to Benghazi. That was in the very first draft of the CIA unclassified talking points. It was not added by the administration later. This has been proven time and time again. The e-mails have been published. It’s all there to see for yourself, if you so choose (but who am I kidding? You won’t check.)
        And do I really need to mention how many times it’s been said that you’re taking the whole “what does it matter” line completely out of context? Seriously. It’s pathetic.
        And if you actually cared to look (again, I know… not gonna happen), according the the Bureau of Labor & Statistics, the reason the workforce numbers are going down is because the baby-boomers are retiring. It’s not people voluntarily quitting their jobs. It’s people retiring! Just this past month, the unemployment level dropped to 7.0% and the economy added 203,000 jobs… well above estimates. So, this is what you call a failed economy? Is it perfect? Hell no. It still needs a kick in the ass. But it’s far better than where we were.
        So, care to dispute the facts?

      • Michael Smithfield

        Yes, I would be crying to if I were a supporter of Obama too! Once again, I’m not interested in fiction.
        So glad you’re trying to “debunk” the CBS link I added, saying that Obama has spent more than any other president… You know if it comes from a source that refuses to say anything against Obama, it must be true… Remember they are “your” (in Obama’s pocket) people.
        Or should I just believe your “facts” that of course are from “reputable” sources? Of course if you said it… It must be true… After all you believe everything Obama says, and you know he would never lie……………………
        You know… “If you like your ‘facts’ you can keep them”……..

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        you really need to get your own shown on FOX “news” as U recite the party line rhetoric flawlessly

      • David Hutchison

        You know you can stop now, we know you are firm in your believes. That is great…You are now making it personal so you have now lost credibility…First rule of debate, don’t make it personal…

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        Im verrrrry upset with you—————— laying TRUE facts upon a crybaby rightwing regressive white trash FOX “news” watcher!!! you and I will have better success teaching my pet TEGU to read their glorious book of VOODOO ( see: “bible”)

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        how about CRYING at us liberals when ( if??) it fails,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ok? until then shouldn’t U be screaming “Benghazi” and ” fast and furious” and “solyndra”???

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        hey brainiac: please check the CBO stats and the US treasury as to “spending” and employment. — then TRY 2 tell us that those two institutions are left wing shills for Obama. When U are done remind us all as2 how well the Reagan and BUSH boys policies did for our country

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        “subtle problems the previous presidents had”…… 9/11,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, 2 unpaid wars/ thousands of dead military americans,,,,,,, depression upcoming ( averted),,,,,, surplus becomes deficit,,,,,, Im totototally into the ‘jackhammer’ subtlety of that!

      • David Hutchison

        I don’t feel defeated at all, we have a different opinion that is all. That is great…we have that right in USA.

      • David Hutchison

        Yes I agree totally with you..But he has a right to believe it. Fox is there for him..

      • jonjstrine42

        Also, that first lie you posted, about Obama increasing the debt more than every president combined? You sourced it wrong. It’s CBN news, not CBS. Big difference between a major broadcasting network and the Christian Broadcasting Network.

      • Michael Smithfield

        Ah… I thought you had given up… Nope… it was CBS… I don’t think it will let me post a link, so just copy and remove the spaces before and after the dot, and it will take you and anyone else who is interested in knowing the truth, to the article on CBS.

        cbsnews . com/news/national-debt-up-6-trillion-since-obama-took-office/

        By the way… I would never post anything I hadn’t thoroughly researched… No insinuation, entirely, intended…

      • jonjstrine42

        “Giving up” is something I do not do, sir. Unfortunately, arguing with brick walls such as yourself I do quite often. My refutation of your baseless talking points is awaiting approval by the moderators, for some strange reason. Patience, O delusional one. All in good time.

      • Michael Smithfield

        Bravo, I’m glad you enjoyed the link! And I hope you too will provide plenty as well… I’ve never enjoyed fiction.

      • jonjstrine42

        I tried posting links. It’s why my last comment got moderated. I must thank you for the heads-up on that. I couldn’t figure out why some posts went fine but that one was moderated.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        never enjoyed fiction? do U enjoy the bible?

      • David Hutchison

        Some of the greatest written works are fiction, sorry to see you do not see the value in them…

      • David Hutchison

        Still making it personal…so sad

      • Michael Smithfield

        cbsnews . com/news/national-debt-up-6-trillion-since-obama-took-office/

        Just thought you might want to read it again….

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        jeeeeeeeesus saves!!! ( pass the basket)

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        yeahhhhh,,,,babeeeeeeeeee!!! lets get back to those destructive policies of Reagan/bush 1& 2

      • David Hutchison

        Wars cost money…We have been at war for 64 years in one place or another…That is why are debt is so high…Most of the rest of your comments are embedded in you and that is great. My views about much of the material is firm also. I think difference of opinion is good as long as we don’t take it personally. Got luck on your choice for president in 2016. I am very happy with my choice..

      • Michael Hankins

        Actually no. The Unemployment numbers ONLY appear to have “gone down” because the “U-6” numbers only count those currently and actively LOOKING for work and the U-12 numbers counts EVERYONE unemployed (who could work) and those who are UNDER-employed (part-time workers) which is close to 19% and rising.
        If NO ONE was working/ there were NO jobs and no one was looking the UNEMPLOYMENT RATE; the U-6 would be 0 (ZERO)% The MOE+RE people who stop LOOKING for work the LOWER the U-6 number goes

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        “there U go again.,.,,,,,,…………… trying 2 educate a regressive rightwing crybaby”

      • Why5ks

        I didn’t call you a name, that would have made me a TeaBagger. I gave you a title, you are a troll on this site, you keep repeating lies and refuse to accept reality. This post here is so full of completely disproven conservative lies that it is hilarious. Your lie about healthcare being so good the creators are exempt is pathetic. I guess you missed the provision that Republicans tacked onto the ACA which required all members of Congress, senior staff members, and most administration members are required to no longer access the Federal Health Benefits Plans and are required to purchase from their state’s exchanges. That must have slipped your attention along with the 3 times the Republicans have tried to trapped the Democrats into removing, but the Demos didn’t bite. The scandals, that’s an even bigger laugh considering every scandal Issa and the Republicans’ have tried to create has blown up in their faces. Issa asking the IRS to only produce a report that showed Conservative groups who had their applications were held up. When a full report was done it showed more liberal groups were delayed and the only three groups that were denied tax exempt status were liberal ones. The Benghazi lie just won’t end and you idiots keep doubling down when every aspect of the lie is disproven. The Republican house cut the security budget. The CIA was operating a safe house too close to the consulate. The CIA was responsible for evacuating 30 people from the area once the attacks started, there was no “stand down” order, there is no way any assault force could have responded to the situation because of the hot zone and no accurate intell., every person who has said there was a cover up has been proven to not being where decisions were made or they out right lied. On top of that where was the outrage over the 40 US citizens who lost their lives from 13 attacks on US Embassies during the Bush administration? Actually it is 38% approval for the President which is still 25% higher than the approval rate of the Republicans in Congress. Keep trying, I can out fact your stupidity and lies any day.

      • Michael Smithfield

        You really did “seem” a little more intelligent than that… Then again, you did vote for Obama, and are still for him! That basically takes away any credibility or illusion of intelligence…
        Semantics are so wonderful! How a liberal can try to slither out of an offence by just changing the wording! “I didn’t call you a name, I gave you a title- troll”
        Of course congress is subject to Obamacare, or the ACA as you all have changed it… again, and again, and again… It’s a republican majority! Common sense kick in now…
        Is Obama subject to the “ACA”?
        Is Reid? Pelosi? The Senators? The friends who received wavers from the above mentioned?
        Pelosi sure knew it was a good thing… She even said, ““We’ll go through the gate. If the gate’s closed, we’ll go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we’ll pole vault in. If that doesn’t work, we’ll parachute in but we’re going to get health care reform passed for the America people.” Yea!!!! But who was trying to stop her? Who was she fighting against? Closing the gate? The Congress and Senate was held by the Democrats… Could it have been the American People???? Hmmmmm….
        Any person, with an ounce of intelligence would know Obamacare is a TRAIN WRECK!
        And Obama and his crew should be in prison over the deaths of the 4 Americans in Benghazi… Wasn’t it just movie….And holder and Napolitano too… We didn’t know the Mexican cartel would actually use those unmarked assault weapons…………………I know you have to preach fiction on here for the sake of the other sheep… or do you just have amnesia… Oh wait a minute… I feel a Clinton coming on… I remember everything but Benghazi… But , “What does it matter how those 4 Americans died?” Why would their family or anyone else care?????? Oh, and I must resign as Secretary of State… I can’t do that… but I sure can be president… If a lowly community organizer, who ran a ghetto can do it… By golly I can do it too!
        AND… here we go again… Bush, Bush Bo Bush, Banana, Bana, Bo, Bush, Fe, Fi, Fo, Mush…. BUSH….. The Blame Game….
        Yes, I Obama didn’t do it… Bush did it!
        Year 2015…
        I Obama didn’t create this disastrous Healthcare system… Bush did it!
        I Obama never said, ‘If you like your insurance company and your Dr. YOU CAN KEEP THEM’… Bush said it!
        I wasn’t paid off by Freddie Mac before becoming president… Bush was!
        While still a lawyer, I didn’t sue 13 major banks, including CitiBank, for not giving loans to people who couldn’t afford them, and called it ‘racism’ – making banks give out housing loans without any proof the people could afford them, which they couldn’t… Causing the housing market to implode… Bush did it!
        And then when I became president, I didn’t go back and sue all those banks again through the Federal Housing Finance Agency, because they gave risky loans… Bush did it!
        And when the Republicans wouldn’t raise the debt ceiling, I didn’t threaten the veterans and elderly (terrorism) that they would not be receiving their ‘check in the mail’ if the debt ceiling wasn’t raised… Bush said it!
        And you know the first stimulus bill… you know, the one where we really couldn’t trace where the money went… and it definitely wasn’t a payback to my friends who got me elected… No not Solyndra… and all those other ‘friendly’ companies we were pumping money into, knowing they were headed to bankruptcy… That was Bush…
        And everything else I did while I was called ‘president’…. Bush did it!
        The problem here is a general lack of common sense… You voted for a president who had no experience… Then with the debt rising, unemployment rising, a forced on the public botched “healthcare” system, Obvious lies, Scandals, etc. You voted for him again!
        Now his ship is sinking and you are suntanning on deck…

      • Why5ks

        Wow, you really are pathetic. For the record Obama doesn’t need to be subject to ObamaCare, because by law the President receives healthcare from prescreened medical doctors and facilities to protect the position of President. You know just like the Secret Service Protects him. Just as he can not use an iPhone because of security reasons he has all his healthcare paid for as a factor of his job. It is also to assure that he is healthy enough to maintain his office. And yes, Boehner, Pelosi, Cantor, McConnell and Reid are all required to purchase their insurance through an exchange, unless they already had insurance from someplace other than the Federal Health Benefits Plan. That is the part you idiots forget, ObamaCare is an open marketplace. If you already have insurance you are exempt from having to buy new insurance so long as your plan meets the minimum requirements to be called a healthcare plan. Yes, Obama did say people could keep their plans and their doctors. There is nothing in the law requiring insurance companies cancel plans. But where was your outrage in the past when insurance companies cancelled an average of 1 million policies a year for nothing more than greed? The only failure of ObamaCare is people like you who have no clue what it really is or does, yet you continue to spread lies about it.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        so– who ( and what policies) are you regressive white trash going 2 vote for ????

      • admittruth

        To all who want to respond to Michael Smithfield, I implore you: STOP FEEDING THE TROLL!!

      • Michael Smithfield

        Yes… He “Implores” you…. He’s down on his knees begging you… Cause you might actually hear the truth!

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        “logic is like pretty flower,,,,,,,thats smells BAD” ( Mr Spock)

    • OneDeepah

      You all really believe there is a two-party system?

      “The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can ‘throw the rascals out’ at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy.” Georgetown University Professor Carroll Quigley,Tragedy and Hope.

      Maybe that’s why you view each party’s president and opposite party’s position each election to be hypocritical.

  • Michael Smithfield

    Actually saying someone should defecate on someone is much different than a person saying they don’t agree with someone’s choice of lifestyle.
    It’s not only immature, it’s demoralizing.
    In this case hypocrisy wouldn’t apply.
    Hypocrisy is someone pushing progression, yet everything they do and say cries regression.

    • Why5ks

      No Mr. Smithfield, it is completely accurate. It is so accurate that the hypocrisy meter is laughing at every word out of Palin’s mouth. Yes, what Bashir said was offensive, but no more than what Mr. Robertson said. Sorry if you think gradients of offensive speech mitigates outrage, well at least you seem to feel that way if you support the person offended. If you aren’t an idiot supporter of Palin then explain to me how defecating in someone’s mouth is more offensive then accusing people of bestiality?

      • Michael Smithfield

        Please do tell where this “laughing meter” is located.
        Of course there are gradients of offensive speech that merit different responses – but that has nothing to do with this! The problem doesn’t even lie in your logic or the lack thereof… It lies in your poor or inefficient reading.
        He never accused anyone of bestiality…
        GQ asked: “So just what qualifies as sinful in his book?”
        And he gave his honest opinion… It is what he believes, which everyone has a right to believe, whether you or I agree with it or not. Here is what he considers to be sinful:

        “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there — bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he declared.

        I do not find that offensive at all. Everyone has a right to their opinion! “Someone should Defecate in Sarah Palin’s Mouth”, is on the other hand not only offensive, but demented.

      • JoeNCA

        Comparing homosexuality to bestiality isn’t offensive? Well I suppose maybe not to you, considering he makes devices that make animals think he’s trying to mate with them!

      • Michael Smithfield

        No, I do not consider comparing homosexuality to bestiality, to pedophilia, to adultery, to prostitution, to just generally sleeping around offensive. They are all nothing but a misplacement of affection – “looking for ‘love’ in all the wrong places”, and leave the person emotionally scarred, and empty.
        The second statement, I don’t find offensive… just senseless and not very well thought out…

      • Sue Roediger

        you link quite an assortment of things which are not identical…………… you have a very narrow definition of appropriate. Sleeping around just means a person hasn’t found “that special one”. Homosexuality is a real thing … a fundamental part of a person and NOT a choice. In bestiality and pedophilia the object of affection cannot make a choice, which make is an assault.. Prostitution is, many times a woman’s choice and should not be illegal unless someone is forcing her into it.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        why are U arguing with that idiot?

      • Michael Smithfield

        Unfortunately, that is what Hollywood would like us to believe, but isn’t true.. All of those can be tied together as sexual inadequacies. And just because the APA one day decided to declare homosexuality as a “real thing”, doesn’t mean it is… I’ve only met two genders… Male and Female… I’ve never met a “homosexual”… I have met a lot of hurt and confused men and woman who society has convinced that because they do or don’t do certain things that society deems as masculine or feminine, they must be a “homosexual”. Or they never bonded with other males and females of their own sex, and they mistake natural bonding for lust and sex… they must be a “homosexual” Once society has deemed and branded them a “homosexual”, they “lovingly” “accept” them and let that hurting, broken boy or girl know that they are in a coffin which they cannot escape. And the wound grows, and grows, and grows.
        By the way, do you sleep around?

      • Sue Roediger

        I’ll answer you last question first. No, I do not sleep around – when I am in a relationship I am committed. Presently I am not seeing anyone. I am not “hurt and confused” woman. I dated men in my youth and was actually engaged. Luckily I had the courage not to go through with that. There was always something lacking in my interactions with men and it was not about sex. Men and women are different energy and I am attracted to women, not just sexually but that are who I want to spent time with, to just be with. Being gay or lesbian is not about resisting societal roles. There are feminine lesbians and masculine gay men. It is not about a lack of proper “bond” with one’s own sex. Look up the difference between sex and gender. The suffocating, inescapable coffin was when I was trying to be straight, to act as society told me I must. When I finally figured out the truth about myself I felt free, liberated. The first time I went into a lesbian club I felt relief – I thought “oh so here are my people” The fact that you have never met a “homosexual” doesn’t mean we don’t exist.. Oh by the way. Did you decide to be straight? Do you keep choosing to stay straight, could something ever make you gay?

      • Michael Smithfield

        Sue, thank you for your honesty, and please do not think that the last question was sarcastic… I do believe sleeping around causes emotional pain/scars, more than most people realize… and wanted to know your experience on it…
        As far as homosexuality is concerned, I do believe it is misplaced affection… Actually I have met tons of people who practice the homosexual lifestyle, but, I do not believe someone can be a homosexual… Please realize, these people, mostly men, a few women, whom I’m talking about are all my friends and I love them dearly… I see them as nothing more or less than men and women… I’ve heard their stories, and I see their pain… And all I want is for their healing – and wholeness to be brought to their lives… and also see the lifestyle their involved in is only leading them into hopelessness and despair.

      • Sue Roediger

        Thank you for a respectful dialog –
        the hopelessness and despair comes from being surrounded by people who think we are broken and need to be fixed. When a person come to terms with the reality of being gay, and finds a partner and settles into a monogamous relationship – their life is as whole and fulfilling as any good straight relationship. The Episcopal church has come to the point where they accept and welcome gays and lesbians and have openly gay and lesbian priests and bishops. When a person has family acceptance and cultural tolerance too ….. well it’s all good – until some celebrity of politician mouths off and stirs tings up again. I know I didn’t choose, or decide – I finally figured out what is right for me It’s like the way some people are left handed – it is not the norm – but it’s normal for them. Thank you for listening

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        he wants to be able to “sleep” around as MAY—BEEEEE he might get a female body next to his

      • Sue Roediger

        oh my — well he is hitting on the wrong woman…. I have zero desire to be with a man

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        girl; I suspect he isn’t involved with anyone– ergo his angst!!!

      • Sue Roediger

        imagine that – hitting on a lesbian on the internet .. desperate .. yes?

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        no,,,,,, some so-called lesbians are just pissed off at men; they go to women; then the women act as the idiot men,so many come back to we with more “plumbing”……. Im in an industry-since 1989– where I have seen it happen a lot- that being said I suspect the guy we are admonishing would be lucky if a corpse looked at him

      • Sue Roediger

        LOL — I have met some who are genuinely bi-sexual. For me it’s not about the equipment… it’s the efficiency of technique.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        and your right to fee speech is upheld. it does NOT mean either of U are correct—- ergo vanilla and butterscotch cannot be compared

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      comparing degrees is irrelevant. the point is whether or not FREE speech is allowed and how it is allowed within contractual obligations to an employing company,,, and the consequences of employed people uttering stupidity

  • FD Brian

    Later in the article, Phil calls the Jim Crow south a pleasant experience for black people. Free speech does not mean consequence free speech.

    • Michael Hankins

      Jim Crow South????
      You mean that place invented by DEMOCRATS between 1885 and 1970?

      • Sue Roediger

        Please, a particular flavor of democrat — not all democrats of the time were like that — my parents and grandparents were quite different

      • Banzai The Dog

        you mean Dixiecrats, who mostly went over to the Republican party….

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        there U go again,,,,,annoying a regressive republican with facts

  • Anna M Stumpf

    Free speech is a right a citizen has that the GOVERNMENT will not impede or interfere with his freely expression of his opinions or beliefs, nor will it prosecute him for his speech. When a private employer hires an employee, the employee may have to restrain what he says if he wishes to remain employed. The employer has the right to fire an employee who makes public statements that embarrass the employer or are contrary to the purpose or mission of the business.

    • OneDeepah

      What did they expect when they first started filming the show? Just because it doesn’t agree with the majority of progressive thought, ahem most mainstream media outlets, doesn’t mean they should fire him. Considering the majority of the viewership and target audience agrees with allowing him to have his own opinion. Since when did it start becoming this country’s main goal to force beliefs onto people who actually may or may not have opinions?

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        ask the Christian rightwing white trash regressive tea party ( Koch brothers/ john birch society) about that

      • Anna M Stumpf

        So your problem is with the network, not with the government. That means you agree that his civil rights have not been violated, right?

  • Betty Byrd

    You folks can come out swinging when someone says something you don’t like, can’t you? You all are the hypocrites.

    • jonjstrine42

      So are you Simple Sarah wasn’t being hypocritical?

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        she was and IS continuing to be a GREAT American; by capitalizing financially upon the stupidity and ignorance of the white trash that pays to listen to her.

    • Carabella1

      Wow. Project much? Isn’t that precisely what you people did over Bashir?
      I would suggest you parrot less and concentrate more on actual thought processes of your own. When you people say stupid things it destroys your credibility. Like Sarah Palin.

  • JoeNCA

    A&E has just released the following statement regarding the Phil Robertson “The Duck Commander” controversy:

    “We know that Phil Robertson is a deeply religious man and our decision to suspend “Duck Dynasty” was not because of his recent statements to GQ magazine. Our decision was based in the Holy Scripture contained in Matthew 19:24 “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

    “We at A&E are deeply concerned about Phil’s soul, in fact, we are as concerned about his soul as he is about all the homosexual’s souls. Therefore, we have suspended Phil’s income so that A&E, and all of its subsidiaries, are not complicit in the eternal damnation of this brave and noble man’s eternal soul.”

    • Michael Smithfield

      Creative! And I can tell you put a lot of thought into it… Unfortunately, the scripture will not work…

      Like any other book, you need to read the sentence in context if you want to know what it is talking about.

      23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

      25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”

      26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

      In other words… according to the Bible, keep the money flowing… because, nothing is impossible to God… He can save anyone… even the rich… even you!

      And, on a side, irrelevant note, The Eye of the Needle was a gate leading into Jerusalem which was notorious for being almost impossible to get a camel through.

  • Who cares about any words that woman utters ?

  • Eat2surf

    Uh… Hello! … Palin.

  • After further review, I believe someone did defecate in Palin’s mouth. Considering what I hear coming out of it.

  • 17jim17

    she is SUCH a pinhead…

  • I wish the article were shorter, so I could break down all of the issues in one comment.

  • dick Jizzle

    Martin Bashir is my NEW HERO !!!

  • moe/larry & curly keys

    I still wanna have total sex with her,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, she HAS 2 bring ice cold YOO HOOs or its off,,,,,

  • Michael Smithfield

    youtu . be/OcdPruFov8M

    Cut and paste into address bar. Remove the spaces before and after the dot.

  • Michael Smithfield

    youtu . be/FvhX_l_5AIE

    Cut and paste into address bar. Remove the spaces before and after the dot.

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      current history test: which president sent out jobs overseas? ( Reagan) and which president rudely escalated or DEBT to asia? ( Reagan) which president took a solid surplus and a balanced budget and in 8 yrs sent us to TWO unpaid wars and the biggest debt and deficit ever> ( GW bush) ,,,,,,,,so: I wonder WHY America overwhelmingly voted ( twice consecutively) to avoid THOSE “GRRRREAT” policies which crippled us to near depression!!

  • Michael Smithfield

    HistoryTest

    BLACK POLITICAL HISTORY: THE UNTOLD STORY
    NOTE: All answers are “b.”

    1. What Party was founded as the anti-slavery Party and fought to free blacks from slavery?

    [ ] a. Democratic Party

    [ ] b. Republican Party

    2. What was the Party of Abraham Lincoln who signed the emancipation proclamation that resulted in the Juneteenth celebrations that occur in black communities today?

    [ ] a. Democratic Party

    [ ] b. Republican Party

    3. What Party passed the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the U. S. Constitution granting blacks freedom, citizenship, and the right to vote?

    [ ] a. Democratic Party

    [ ] b. Republican Party

    4. What Party passed the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1875 granting blacks protection from the Black Codes and prohibiting racial discrimination in public accommodations, and was the Party of most blacks prior to the 1960’s, including Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Booker T. Washington, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?

    [ ] a. Democratic Party

    [ ] b. Republican Party

    5. What was the Party of the founding fathers of the NAACP?

    [ ] a. Democratic Party

    [ ] b. Republican Party

    6. What was the Party of President Dwight Eisenhower who sent U.S. troops to Arkansas to desegregate schools, established the Civil Rights Commission in 1958, and appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren to the U.S. Supreme Court which resulted in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision ending school segregation?

    [ ] a. Democratic Party

    [ ] b. Republican Party

    7. What Party, by the greatest percentage, passed the Civil Rights Acts of the 1950’s and 1960’s?

    [ ] a. Democratic Party

    [ ] b. Republican Party

    8. What was the Party of President Richard Nixon who instituted the first Affirmative Action program in 1969 with the Philadelphia Plan that established goals and timetables?

    [ ] a. Democratic Party

    [ ] b. Republican Party

    9. What is the Party of President George W. Bush who appointed more blacks to high-level positions than any president in history and who spent record money education, job training and health care to help black Americans prosper?

    [ ] a. Democratic Party

    [ ] b. Republican Party

    BLACK POLITICAL HISTORY: THE UNTOLD STORY

    NOTE: All answers are “b.”

    10. What Party fought to keep blacks in slavery and was the Party of the Ku Klux Klan?

    [ ] a. Republican Party

    [ ] b. Democratic Party

    11. What Party from 1870 to 1930 used fraud, whippings, lynching, murder, intimidation, and mutilation to get the black vote, and passed the Black Codes and Jim Crow laws which legalized racial discrimination and denied blacks their rights as citizens?

    [ ] a. Republican Party

    [ ] b. Democratic Party

    12. What was the Party of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and President Harry Truman who rejected anti-lynching laws and efforts to establish a permanent Civil Rights Commission?

    [ ] a. Republican Party

    [ ] b. Democratic Party

    13. What was the Party of President Lyndon Johnson, who called Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “that [N-word] preacher” because he opposed the Viet Nam War; and President John F. Kennedy who voted against the 1957 Civil Rights law as a Senator, then as president opposed the 1963 March on Washington by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. after becoming president and the FBI investigate Dr. King on suspicion of being a communist?

    [ ] a. Republican Party

    [ ] b. Democratic Party

    14. What is the Party of the late Senators Robert Byrd who was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, Ernest “Fritz” Hollings who hoisted the Confederate flag over the state capitol in South Carolina while governor, and Ted Kennedy who called black judicial nominees “Neanderthals” while blocking their appointments?

    [ ] a. Republican Party

    [ ] b. Democratic Party

    15. What was the Party of President Bill Clinton who failed to fight the terrorists after the first bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993, sent troops to war in Bosnia and Kosovo without Congressional approval, vetoed the Welfare Reform law twice before signing it, and refused to comply with a court order to have shipping companies develop an Affirmative Action Plan?

    [ ] a. Republican Party

    [ ] b. Democratic Party

    16. What is the Party of Vice President Al Gore whose father voted against the Civil Rights Acts of the 1960’s, and who lost the 2000 election as confirmed by a second recount of Florida votes by the “Miami Herald” and a consortium of major news organizations and the ruling by the U.S. Civil Rights Commission that blacks were not denied the right to vote?

    [ ] a. Republican Party

    [ ] b. Democratic Party

    17. What Party is against school vouchers, against school prayers, and takes the black vote for granted without ever acknowledging their racist past or apologizing for trying to expand slavery, lynching blacks and passing the Black Codes and Jim Crow laws that caused great harm to blacks?

    [ ] a. Republican Party

    [ ] b. Democratic Party

  • Sickofpcsilliness

    Ok Mr Clifton, once I got passed your pompous, arrogant assumption that nobody but YOU understands what Free Speech means, I have a thought for you.
    Most of us know precisely what it means. And furthermore, we understand and accept A&E’s right as an employer to act in their best interests if they feel their Brand is being damaged.
    But lets be Honest here. They knew what Phil was from day one and only under pressure from a special interest group (Lesbian/Gay community) did they react (over-react?) to his remarks.
    Additionally, I (we) always operate under the banner of choice so, if I see something I don’t like, I don’t watch it. Therefore, if the community doesn’t like the way Phil was treated, they can “not watch ” too? Correct? That’s freedom of choice. We all have it….
    And your right, there is a price to be paid for every action and the price A&E may be forced to pay for their hypocrisy and double standards is revenue loss. I wouldn’t want to be in the shoes of the idiot who made the choice to “suspend Phil Robertson” because the price for that may be steep. A&E knew PRECISELY SLEY what their “product” was about and exploited it for all it’s worth and now, it’s time to pay for their double standard.

  • PD Goodacre

    Our right to free speech is functioning perfectly; the Duck patriarch is not in jail like Pussy Riot. He criticizes and now much take criticism.

  • Sil Francis

    Sarah Palin is an idiot! Need we say more.

  • Allen Clifton

    I make fun of Sarah Palin quite a bit but I would definitely love for her to bury a large rubber peni5 in my rear end then make me drink my own cummy.