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The return of Phil Robertson to the No. 1 show on cable television, Duck Dynasty, is first and foremost about money. A&E network obviously concluded that suspending the patriarch of the reality TV family was bad for business.

But, the decision also has a political undertone that should serve as a wake-up call to the Democratic Party: the power of the LGBT and African-American communities pales in comparison to the power of Duck Dynasty adherents.

While A&E initially suspended Robertson for comments he made that the network considered anti-gay and insulting to blacks, it soon found out that such sensibilities carry a high price.

More than 250,000 supporters of Robertson and the show signed petitions demanding his return to the show, which A&E subsequently did.

It is noteworthy that the organization that spearheaded the petition drive is called Faith Driven Consumer. As the name clearly suggests, Americans of faith are speaking out in greater numbers on issues they find are at odds with their beliefs.

The Republican Party has long courted these faith-based voters and in election after election they have been shown to be a political force to be reckoned with.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trasnsexual community and the black community obviously have a home in the Democratic Party, but as the Duck Dynasty controversy has shown, they don't have the political or financial muscle to force a television network to act on their behalf.

Duck Dynasty isn't just a show; it's a popular line of consumer products that's worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Money is the root of all television — and the mother's milk of politics.


Posted by andersonathan (anonymous) on December 31, 2013 at 9:45 a.m.

1ST Duck Dynasty products etc fall into A&E, Duck Commander is the Robertson's product line. There is a difference and a big one.

Robertson's will not be going anyplace until there contract is up then huge money will talk.

Again i thank everyone for causing all the disturbance about the Duck. It made Phil and family millions

And I really want to thank every Palin critic in the country, for securing her financially and her family. And the greatest thing is neither Phil or Sarah are leaving the stage anytime soon.

The SNL "Tina" The Porn Movie "Lisa Ann" even Katie are old and drifting away after 5.5 years.

As far as the LGBT and Blacks comments there core groups ran to the democrats along with every other little group but in the end if they pay attention some day they might figure out who sticks it to them the best.

Until then Ben Carson is right. And the religious right is fine by me. I still wonder as a group how the left can insert Jesus to any part of there party.

Posted by isaac45 (anonymous) on January 6, 2014 at 6:23 p.m.

oh please, all the Duck Dynasty fans in the country can't stop the political tide that is turning against them in this country...they can have all the faux-reality shows they want, they're not getting anywhere near the White House...even if they shave and go back to looking like the yuppies they were before A&E showed up...silly man

Posted by Hman (anonymous) on January 12, 2014 at 10:20 p.m.

"The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trasnsexual community and the black community obviously have a home in the Democratic Party" or commonly known as the "plantation". The plantation is the only place that the dems can take care of you.
"The Republican Party has long courted these faith-based voters " The country club repubs fear this group because they have no control over the "Duck" people. Unlike the "plantation" folks, the "Duck" people will find other people to vote for and not just give their vote to the repubs.

Posted by tnmartin (anonymous) on January 14, 2014 at 8:47 a.m.

Oh please. Know the actual numbers of homosexuals in the country? Take a guess. The actual number is roughly 1.7 per cent. One point seven out of a hundred. That starts to approach the number of loons who truly believe themselves to be Napoleion Bonaparte or some other weird delusion. From the screeches of the perpetually aggrieved, you'd think that Mr. Robertson had called for the execution of all blondes or something.
And it is interesting that those who so loudly have screeched for the "right" to display their 'private parts' in public, to use around polite people the sort of language that would make a sailor blush, and to make the taxpayers fund the medical care for conditions that frequently follow bad behavior, now loudly cry that statements in polite disagreement are to be banned from public hearing. Typical liberals - in favor of all points of view, until they find in horror that there really ARE other points of view. Then they wish to burn the heretics.
The plain fact is that the beliefs held by the Robertsons are consistent with the beliefs of most Americans, and indeed held by virtually all people in all civilizations in history throughout the world. Most people find accurate descriptions of the behaviors involved to be repulsive at best. Which is not, by the way, the same as calling for creative executions such as is the practice under Islam.
Mr. Robertson quite correctly referred to Biblical prohibitions against homosexual BEHAVIOR. If you don't like the Bible teaching, I suggest you take your objections to the Author thereof and tell Him how much wiser you are. Should be fun conversation.

Posted by billdog1 (anonymous) on January 27, 2014 at 9:34 a.m.

I'm one that don't get the interest in a show about a bunch of people that somehow have made celebrity status from being rich white trash. Since this incident has occurred the rating for the show have drastically dropped. I do notice that A&E is playing reruns for hours on end trying to gain back the shows popularity but all indications show the ratings are dropping faster than interest rates in 2009. It seems that the only opinion some care hear is their own. Be they left or right the extreme can scream. As St. Thomas said, "Nothing is intrinsically good or bad, it is how it is used." The greatest man to ever walk our earth said, "Judge not ye that does not wish to be judged. Ye without sin cast the first stone." One sin is no better than the other, or bigger than another according the vary book, author, text you refer to tnmartin. What a wonderful world it would be if everybody worried about themselves as much as they wish to judge others. Duck Dynasty will be a memory in 20 years, so how important is this entire rant by Bert and the public regardless of their belief.

Posted by mipelion (anonymous) on May 5, 2014 at 1:17 p.m.

Its a TV show let's not single this show out. Let's be realistic. Wanting the man hung is hypocritical. So when donations are made to help children by the Robertson family I guess we should not them so it right. Calling him a scumbag makes you out to be just as bad as you think he is. Has he had mass suicides. Has he had a Charles Manson type following? Come on. He is a strong believer and one should not judged. You are all foolish to make hateful comments. You are no better than he is. Go over the TV shows you enjoy and I will critique them all. Grow up already. Its TV.

Posted by billdog1 (anonymous) on June 18, 2014 at 4:09 p.m.

mipelion, I see not mention of scumbags anywhere.

Posted by jchanse (anonymous) on July 4, 2014 at 12:51 p.m.

Even more depressing than the idiots on Duck Dynasty are the viewers who make it profitable for A&E to air the show. God bless America..., with its failed public schools.

Posted by steivo (anonymous) on July 7, 2014 at 2:22 p.m.

I never ever watched Duck Dynasty even one time until the P.C. crowd attacked them, now I am a regular viewer.