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COMMENTARY: Got your “ducks” all in a row?

I wanted to stay away from the fray of the whole “Duck Dynasty” fiasco. I tried not to engage, read or discuss, but when someone posted a “I PROUDLY support Phil Robertson” picture on my Facebook page, and wanted me to “LIKE and SHARE” – well, I could not be silent.

The fact that people – millions of people – believed this is a “free speech” issue made me understand just how little people really know and understand about their freedoms in this great country of ours.

The First Amendment protects us all from Congress abridging our right to free speech – and since Congress hasn’t passed a “Shut-Up and Sit Down Phil Robertson” law … common sense would tell that us that this is a dispute between Robertson and A&E television. Period.

As far as Robertson’s comments on gays and blacks – well, there will always be haters and haters will always hate. You can’t fight that kind of stupid, and you will never change their mind by arguing with them and stooping to their level of stupid. Just let them roll in their own mud and walk away.

But I do wonder: Why don’t they just own it? If you hate gays and blacks and Jews and whoever else you feel is inferior to you, then just own it. Don’t hide behind a flag or a Bible or a gun or even a duck call: Just own it. Don’t say stupid, hurtful things and then hide behind the Bible: Just say the stupid, hurtful things and move on.

There is plenty of hate, anger, intolerance in this world as it is. Sadly, these folks believe what they say is the truth, and they believe that what they say matters.

It will only matters if you let it.

If you know who you are, nothing anyone can ever say to you or about you will ever hurt or humiliate you. Let them call you a “sexual deviant” or a “pervert” or a “sodomite” or whatever else trash talk can come up with. It matters not.

In the grand scope of life, people like Phil Robertson and those who foolishly believe he is more than a rich man who makes duck calls have nothing to do with you and your life.

My thought has always been that those who yell the loudest have the least to say.

Surround yourself with people who love and care about you. Do not listen to the machinations of the stupid, intolerant and insecure in this world.
Love comes to us in many ways. Find what brings you happiness – and let that bring you love and peace.

Merry Christmas, happy holidays, happy Hanukkah, happy Kwanza and may whatever God you believe in “… Bless us everyone.”

SDGLN Contributor Barb Hamp Weicksel was born in 1952 in Pennsylvania and moved to California in the early 1980s, where she met her partner Susan. They've been together some 30 years and share the love of Susan's four children, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her blog, Barb's Gift of Gab, can be found HERE.