Jindal, Palin support ‘Duck Dynasty’ star: You mess with him, you mess with us all

Some heavy-hitting political figures, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, have come out of their corners fighting for “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson. They also criticize A&E for indefinitely suspending Robertson from the popular reality series for remarks he’s made to GQ Magazine.

palin-ronertsonLate Wednesday night, Palin posted her statement on her Facebook page:

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

In a statement released Thursday morning, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal gave his own unwavering support for Robertson, and, like Palin, touched on the First Amendment freedom of speech issue.

His statement reads, according to KPEL:

“Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana. The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV,” Jindal said. “In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended.”

Jindal’s remarks are reminiscent of an observation made by the late conservative publisher and journalist William F. Buckley, Jr.

“Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views,” he said.


Photo from Townhall

The late author Evelyn Beatrice Hal, writing under the name S.G. Tallentyre, penned the line, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

It would be well for all of us to remember those words.

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  • Howard Turner

    its beginning to look like the conservative christian right is gaining some sand. i hope it fully explodes in the face of a&e when the true majority in this country speak out

    • Danny Handshoe

      Howard, lets hope it goes further than this, how about replacing most of congress with who will do what the will of the people is, not what a few vocal few desire.

  • Jerry M Mashek

    We’re with you brother…Lock, stock & barrel…..We know How 2 Pray & Who’s on our side!!! Amen & amen…;)))

  • craig

    Time to move your show to a new station that shares your and our beliefs

    • Vickie Meitler Robertson

      Craig-Do you know of a station other than Christian TV that would support them? A great deal of the “establishment” in the media are liberals and/or gays.

  • copperpeony

    He had the right to express his opinions just like the LEFT expresses their opinions about Conservatives, which is all negative. Freedom of Speech is not only for the libtards.

  • Lori Fanelli

    I stand with Phil and his Family 100 %. take your show to a different network. And A&E I pity you your station is going to tank, because every one I know is boycotting your network (lmbo)

  • theissuesnow

    I have said it before and I’ll say it again I strongly believe the reason why the gay community is in such an uproar is because they know exactly what they’re doing is wrong! They would rather have someone lie to them instead of tell them the truth. What the gay community does in my own strong opinion is disgusting!!

  • Mamatex

    What this uproar means in my view is that in the USA now, one is no longer allowed to voice ones opinions and beliefs without fear of consequences. This is not the only example as we have seen it happen when companies have been targeted for not supporting Obamacare or the Progressive movement. So much for freedom of choice. The Robertson family will be fine without A&E and so will I. Merry Christmas!

  • enriquesanchez

    Smelly white trash always hangs together.

    • Garx69

      Have a problem with English? (hang)

      • enriquesanchez

        The sentence is perfectly constructed. Have a problem with metaphorical allusion?

  • Don Strevel

    freedom of speech is so important. Political corectness is astupid. No one was discriminated against. Have your view brother, its still a free country even tho we dissagree. You are my hero! This is gaining traction and the Dems are filling’ their shorts.

  • Rick Stanley

    I called several of the show’s advertisers and told them I was boycotting their products because of this. I called Verizon and Walgreens, but there are more…