While most politicians run for cover when anything that remotely offends the politically correct thought police makes its way into the headlines, Louisiana’s Governor Bobby Jindal may have had the best line of any politician commenting on the firing of "Duck Dynasty"’s Phil Robertson when he said, “It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended.”
However, Senator Ted Cruz really nailed the fundamental issue at stake in the A&E network’s firing of Robertson:
“If you believe in free speech or religious liberty, you should be deeply dismayed over the treatment of Phil Robertson. Phil expressed his personal views and his own religious faith; for that, he was suspended from his job. In a free society, anyone is free to disagree with him--but the mainstream media should not behave as the thought police censoring the views with which they disagree,” said Cruz in a statement posted on his campaign website.
Cruz’s strong statement in favor of free speech and religious liberty was echoed by how many other Republican Senators?
None, as far as we could tell, unless their comments were buried someplace past page five of our Google search.
Aside from Ted Cruz, it appears the only other national Republican political figures to defend freedom of speech and religious liberty in this controversy were Bobby Jindal and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
Sarah Palin quickly went on Facebook to voice her support for Phil Robertson’s right to freedom of speech saying:
“Free speech is an endangered species,” Palin posted with a photo of herself and the "Duck Dynasty" family. “Those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ and taking on the 'Duck Dynasty' patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.”
Palin later appeared on FOX News’ Sean Hannity program and said if Americans feel like A&E is marginalizing and stifling someone "who is filled with faith and gospel," they will be "smart enough to understand what's going on here," and, as a result, "A&E's going to feel it."
Our friend Tony Lee over at Breitbart’s Big Hollywood was watching Hannity and Palin and noted Governor Palin echo our own position on where this is headed for A&E.
Palin said A&E "really screwed up" in getting rid "of the most popular patriarch on television today." Tony reported that she said other networks, including the Sportsman Channel on which she will have her own reality show in the spring of 2014, would "nab these guys up in a heartbeat."
As Ted Cruz said, “The reason that so many Americans love 'Duck Dynasty' is because it represents the America usually ignored or mocked by liberal elites: a family that loves and cares for each other, believes in God, and speaks openly about their faith.”