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How Sticking to Your Guns Makes You Happy
Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2014 | Katie Kieffer

Posted on 01/06/2014 12:17:48 PM PST by Kaslin

Prediction: 2014 will be an amazing year for you and me. To borrow a line from Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, I predict 2014 will be: “Happy, Happy, Happy.”

We’re less than one week into the New Year, and I can already tell that 2014 has wondrous things in store. For nearly six years, independent and conservatively-minded Americans have endured the grey skies and choppy waters of the Obama administration. Now, I feel like the tide is finally turning. A new sun is rising. The smell of joy is in the air.

In Genesis, when Noah wanted to see whether the floodwaters had abated, he sent out a dove to search for land. Finally, the dove returned to Noah with a sign of hope: an olive leaf. Duck Dynasty’s recent success in weathering a storm of false controversies is the sign that gives me so much hope for 2014; Duck Dynasty’s success is our olive leaf.

Last January, many Americans had never even heard of A&E’s hit family-centered reality show, Duck Dynasty. However, this changed in December of 2013 when the star and founder of the family’s duck call business, Phil Robertson, was temporarily suspended for speaking his mind in support of traditional marriage. At first, the future for the show was murky. Soon, however, everyday Americans who were outraged by A&E’s intolerance for free speech launched peaceful protests. Phil was promptly welcomed back to the show.

A&E did the right thing, but not necessarily for the right reasons. (The network certainly did not want to lose the profit it was pulling from cable’s top-rated reality television program.) However, the monetary and viral success of Duck Dynasty is a ray of hope at a time when the economic and cultural news (think ObamaCare and Miley Cyrus) sounds less than uplifting.

Duck Dynasty’s success and the sell-out of their merchandise in stores before Christmas proves that most Americans still believe in family, faith and free speech; we value entrepreneurs; we’re not politically correct; and, we stick to our guns.

The Robertson family is prospering because, at core, they represent the values that most Americans hold—but have been told to repress. Even as a federal judge recently upheld most provisions of New York’s SAFE Act, which attacks our Second Amendment right to self-defense, Duck Dynasty’s success is a reason for optimism. Guns and love will solve crime—not liberal silliness.

Ironically, while the media has tried to destroy Duck Dynasty and all that it stands for by associating Phil Robertson with vitriolic language, the exact opposite is true. Last year, Robertson told Spectrum TV that A&E was trying to make their show look more obtuse than it really was, and he put a stop to it: "I asked the [editors]: 'What's the point of the fake bleeps?' …[They added bleeps] like someone had used profanity, but no one had used profanity. …If we're not using profanity, why make it look like we're using profanity? What is the point? …So they quit doing that."

By sticking to their guns, both literally and metaphorically, the Robertsons have found success. Even as we speak, they are launching a new gun line and Phil Robertson’s book, “Happy, Happy, Happy” has been flying off the shelves. The family inked a lucrative deal to roll out a new line of guns in 2014—a deal that Forbes calls: “a warning shot to A&E” because the gun line deal excludes A&E from all direct profits and puts the Robertson family in a position of greater financial independence.

So, hang in there my friends. Stick to your guns (both your values and your rifles) like the Duck Dynasty clan and you’ll have a happy and prosperous 2014.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: banglist; duckdynasty; guns; philrobertson

1 posted on 01/06/2014 12:17:49 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Excellent perspective.


2 posted on 01/06/2014 12:24:23 PM PST by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: Kaslin

3 posted on 01/06/2014 12:28:09 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (Mohammed was a pedophile and Islam is a Totalitarian Death Cult.)
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To: Kaslin

I think someone here eluded to it, probably more than 1 did, but I think A&E is so oout of touch with reality that they produced the show, and continued to produce it thinking people were watching it is a curiousity thing. Like these people are freaks and most of us “normal” people find them humorous.
What they found out thru this was people are watching it because we identify with the Robertsons. God bless them!


4 posted on 01/06/2014 1:39:12 PM PST by vpintheak (Thankful to be God blessed & chosen!)
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To: Kaslin

I hope so, I have been in a living hell since obama was selected to be the candidate


5 posted on 01/06/2014 1:45:02 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Uncle Miltie

You need a wheel gun.


6 posted on 01/06/2014 2:31:31 PM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: Kaslin
The smell of joy is in the air.

you must be sniffin air I ain't breathen.

7 posted on 01/06/2014 3:21:46 PM PST by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: Eagles6

Good advise. He is just getting started.


8 posted on 01/06/2014 3:23:17 PM PST by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: Kaslin
These sort of programming and editing decisions are made in an environment more cloistered than a Carmelite nunnery, although the inhabitants don't recognize the fact. The people in it think people such as the ones in Duck Dynasty are freaks on the one hand, and on the other, consider themselves champions of diversity and paragons of toleration. It's a little different to bring this confusion into a coherent world view and so mostly, they don't try.
9 posted on 01/06/2014 3:34:37 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: marktwain

Good start ;-)


10 posted on 01/06/2014 4:30:13 PM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: marktwain

Well we all need a starter set....:)


11 posted on 01/07/2014 1:32:21 PM PST by Crapgame (What should be taught in our schools? American Exceptionalism, not cultural Marxism...)
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To: vpintheak
I AM SPARTACUS PHIL ROBERTSON!!!
12 posted on 01/07/2014 1:33:30 PM PST by NorthMountain
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To: NorthMountain

Amen!


13 posted on 01/07/2014 4:10:00 PM PST by vpintheak (Thankful to be God blessed & chosen!)
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