Scottie Hughes: What the GOP Can Learn from Phil Robertson

 

phil_robertson_duck_dynastyThe support for Phil Robertson over the past week since his indefinite suspension from Duck Dynasty has been record breaking.

With the numerous social media pages like “Boycott A&E Until Phil Robertson Is Put Back on Duck Dynasty” boasting more then 1.7 million likes and petitions like “PleaseSupportPhil.com“boasting more than 35,000 signatures, this single issue alone has been able to create a call to action that only a few social movements in history could ever boast accomplishing.

A call to action, which erupted almost immediately upon the announcement of Phil’s suspension, only continues to build in momentum. The kind of reaction that almost every person who’s ever run for office could only dream of.  Yet, the number one demographic who has responded to this issue is the one group who is consistently ignored by the political party the majority of the protestors belong to. 

Should we put the blame on the GOP who, by trying to target different demographic groups over the past few election cycles, has made their base so disenfranchised that they are not motivated to rise up and show the same passion and numbers for a candidate?

There are more than 46 million Christian faith driven citizens today and yet in the 2012 Presidential Election, very little emphasis was put on the faith vote.  This might be one of the top reasons why in traditional red states like Indiana, who saw a 6% decrease in the Evangelical vote from 2008 and Kansas who saw a 7% drop in the Evangelical vote since 2004,, the faith voter is choosing to not show up on election day.   In the end it looks like the Christian vote made up ¼ of the 2012 election and yet when the dust had settled, the GOP immediately started talking about how they were going to target traditionally left leaning demographics like minorities while almost completely ignoring the easiest group to recruit.   Not only did key GOP leadership ignore the faith voters’ potential, in many cases they blamed them for the loss because of their decision to stay home.

Yet, with only 1out of 5 Christians registered to vote, is it fair to put all of the blame on the GOP for not recognizing the power of this demographic or should we look to the faithful themselves?

If anything, the past week has shown the ability of this demographic to demand attention, encourage action, and, with the recent reversal of Cracker Barrel on its decision to remove any products related to Phil Robertson, accomplish action.  Yet, while we can be motivated to write emails to corporate offices, proudly post pictures of ourselves on social media in camouflage or stand hours in line for a chicken sandwich, rarely do we ever find ourselves publically displaying this amount of passion towards putting folks in office who will help change the laws which are creating the type of hypocritical politically correct environment we are living in. 

So who’s to blame; The GOP or the Faith Voter?  Easy –BOTH.

While the Republican Party should still be trying to recruit a wide variety of demographics in the 2014 & 2016 election cycle, I believe more importantly they should be spending their efforts motivating those within the Christian faith to register to vote, get involved in the election process and most importantly show up on election day for our candidates.  Not only does this have the most potential, but it is the easiest of all demographics for the Republican Party to motivate.  Just like the GOP is trying to recruit candidates who appeal to the different minority classes, they need to recruit candidates who appeal to the faith voter as well and are honest and not afraid to stand up for their Judeo-Christian beliefs.  These candidates will not be afraid to stand up and fight for legislation that reflects the laws as given to us by the Bible and will not back down in the name of being tolerant.

On the flip side, because of the Chick Fil A demonstration in 2012 and now the reaction to Duck Dynasty, those of faith have NO EXCUSE to sit at home and let this country continue down the path towards the eradication of God.

For too long, we have sat in our pews and been nice as our elected officials have been allowed to chip away at our country’s Christian foundation.  We have allowed our children’s education to be usurped by the Canninites of Common Core, our tax system to be corrupted as if it were being governed by the Romans, and our homes to be controlled as if we resided in ancient Egypt.

In each of those cases, the people of God were called to action and, in each case, they were victorious.

The GOP will not listen to us unless we make them.  They will continue to ignore our voice and more importantly our vote unless we demonstrate that they cannot win without our involvement.  In that same token, the Christians need to get out of the comfort zone of their safe sanctuary and start speaking out when it comes to controversial issues and holding the elected accountable for each vote they make.  

 
  • Yeahwhatever

    Wow, now this is an “let this country continue down the path towards the eradication of God”. How pathetic. I thought God was above eradication and I know that God hates to hear the type of hate spewed by the hairy duck call people. So as usual a swing and a miss by the author. Oy.

    • Big RRRRR

      The only thing you lefties can do is call someone or something hate, or racist if it doesn’t go along with your idea of tolerance.

      Keep spewing your absurd opinions, they are neither factual or accurate. You will soon find out what the truth is.

    • mastice

      @Yeahwhatever
      It must be noted that every polling group, like gallup who has tracked this question for decades, still shows that 9 out of 10 people in the US still believe in some form of “God”. (I suggest you google it – the number changes when you get into demographics but overall this proves true) Therefore your argument that “your religious based politics do not resonate with the majority” is wrong. The majority of American’s are spiritual in some way and politicians of both parties ignoring this, demonizing this, and doing what they can to subvert it has led to some of the problems today.

      There is something that is lost on a lot of people. (you included I think) It isn’t hate to disagree with someone. Everyone is entitled to live their lives how they wish, but don’t expect everyone to agree with what you wish.

      Remember; the rights defined in our Constitution are there not to protect what is popular… but what is unpopular. You have the right to your opinion, and we have the right to ours.

      • Madoc_McFie

        Very well stated, mastice.

    • Madoc_McFie

      See my reply to awkingsley above. Not only does God condemn the “wicked” in The Day of Judgment, but even the scoffers who consider themselves above – and not a part of – the “wicked”.

  • TeaBo-Baggins

    I hadn’t watched a single episode of Duck Dynasty until this controversy erupted. Now that I have, I really like this show. Phil bit a snake in half. The Robertson family is caught between the modern world of Yuppiness (the younger ones) and Rednecks (the older ones), and the Rednecks come off looking much better.

  • Bucko25

    Time to fight the commies…….KTA!!

  • Bucko25

    The gays, liberals, progressives, muslims….will burn burn burn!!

    • mastice

      While I admire your enthusiasm – you are not helping the cause with comments like that.

      • Allan Guy

        He may a little over enthusiastic, but the truth is still the truth

        • Madoc_McFie

          But must be spoken in love, if it is to be received.

  • zonable

    Half of the the GOP is in bed with the Democrats. The other half is us.

  • Thomas Cole

    I have a better alternative, just put Phil Robertson on the ballet and see what happens. Before anyone argues the point I say remember Ronald Reagan, he could have never beat a professional politician like Jimmy Carter and yet, he did.

    • AFITgrad86

      I believe there is a LA Senate seat up for grabs this year presently held by Mary Landrieu …. Run Phil Run

  • ConservativeMe

    Now America sees who the true majority are and it’s not what the lying liberal media has been feeding America for the past 5 yr.s . It’s the traditional god loving, gun toting Constitutional respecting Americans.. BOOM! PRAISE GOD FOR THE ROBERTSONS AND THEIR STRONG FAITH AND COURAGE TO STAND STRONG IN IT. Our spineless GOP CAN learn from this backwoods rednecks whom I LOVE!

  • willythegeek

    All right Phil, Run for president. Let’s find out if there are enough decent people to keep Yahweh from destroying Sodom again. I can get behind that.

  • awkingsley

    Republicans did run a faith based candidate in the 2012 election, Santorum, but he didn’t go over well with Far Right Republicans because he was a Statist and a lobbyist (not a trust worthy profession). Also, Santorum was not the brightest candidate Republicans have ever run. Most of the Republican candidates were so dirty that I began calling for Republicans to run only very clean candidates in the next election. The only clean candidates in the race were Rick Perry and Ron Paul. Interestingly enough, Supreme Court and Congressional votes have paralleled Rand Paul’s predictions. Rand Paul is our most faith based clean intelligent candidate for 2016, but faith based Republicans want a war monger. In the end, that is all they seem to really care about – someone who spouts religion, but who will attack Middle Eastern nations without provocation. In my opinion, until Republicans give up their war mongering, they will never win another election.

    • Madoc_McFie

      You have several things right but, I would submit, you’re not “there” yet. Was King David a war monger because he fought Goliath? The record shows he fought, and killed, Goliath and also had some stones in hand for Goliath’s brothers if needed. The battle was precipitated not by a war-mongering David but by an aggressive, defiant bully who threatened God’s people. Not much has changed since then, in fact probably nothing.

      • awkingsley

        We fight only to defend ourselves and assist in fighting only those who cannot defend themselves. None of our recent wars has fallen into either category, and none of our proposed wars falls into this category. And, if we are discussing the Israeli situation, Israel always comes out on top. Israel has nukes and the finest defense system in the world. Israel even protects our Middle Eastern bases with its defense system. But, Israel always saber rattles to attract live fire to test each new installment of its defense system, then asks us to pay for all of the expensive stuff they shoot off to test their system. By the same token, because Israel is expansionist it is always looking for a fight. Israel wants U.S. backing for its expansionism, and the U.S. needs to see to its own defense instead of getting involved in Israel’s game.

  • abc2xyz

    The GOP will not listen to us unless we make them .
    —-
    The GOP class is stubborner than a donkey .
    The GOP class must be given a lesson by throwing them out from their warm seats.
    Then and only then GOP class will listen to us.
    By then it will be too late for them .

  • CYNICALZ

    His comments were rather brash. Have never seen a gay turned around as never I have seen a straight turned around. Everybody needs someone to love. None has the right of who to choose for one or the other. In particular, in this society, one must justify the merit of adopting children and the stigma of having gay parents. One can not believe government to be the all as obviously their approval is to buy voters. Though my belief is a man and woman in marriage, must defer to my mentor of a higher being to justify their end.

  • Clint

    One very important point. After victory, neither Chick Fil A nor Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson thanked us with a slap in the face like the Republican elites always do after every election. Get rid of the elite of the party beginning with Rove and company, and the people of faith would be like David.

    • Madoc_McFie

      Right on, Clint! We need more of that clarity of thinking.

  • James
  • G W

    AMEN BROTHER

  • AFITgrad86

    This country wants people who believe in traditional values and are not afraid to stand up and be counted.

    The GOP needs to understand the Phil Robertson phenomenon in context. I agree that his appeal is based on his values but his appeal also includes huge doses of forthrightness and consistency. Politicians who seek to emulate him need to understand that they must not only espouse values based views – they must stand behind those positions when they are challenged and clearly articulate why they support such positions. The GOP will fail in this regard because the RINOS consistently fold when challenged or called racist or a hater and then mealy mouth their position with the usual political double speak.

  • 1goodbob

    Phil didn’t condemn the Gay community. He just proclaimed to not believe in that life style. We ALL have the right to believe however we wish. We don’t have to praise others life style. The Gays jumped up and started criticizing him because he didn’t embrace their ” life style.” He has that right. All of this P.C. being promoted is just a control method to silence people who disagree with Liberals and others. We still have Free Speech in this country.

  • Ink Wells Rock

    The GOP went RINO quite some time ago. We failed to notice. The opposition was such a stark contrast they could slide along under the radar. So now it is very clear they are RINO to the core and don’t care. Problem is they do not appeal to people under 35-40 and now they do not appeal to people over 60.. so they lost their power base (for sure). They do not stand up for individual rights, the Bill of Rights, retirement rights, religious rights, private enterprise rights, taxpayer rights, health rights, privacy rights .. they just do not care about rights. They do not care about non-union working people, home ownership, health care, education (which is failed .. we import learning now on H1B visas). I am no longer Republican (I supported IKE when I was young) Now I do not give a hoot .. they are all big power politicians and so NONE of them want to do what is right.

    • razorm

      I disagree with you Ike , We have some good people out there, But the MSM keeps beating them down. Everybody needs to check out their favorite and vent them. Weed out the RINOS. Then maybe just maybe we can get some sanity back on top. When we elect one that don’t follow thru on his promise (like so many don’t) we need to recall them without giving them a full term.

  • Madoc_McFie

    The exaltation of a nation comes not from
    government, not from a myopic and compromising political party, not in
    fact from ANY human “party spirit”, but from the hearts of a righteous
    people who obey God’s moral law and seek His Spirit in their
    every effort to improve the nation. In these efforts, they will esteem
    others “more highly” than themselves and help others understand exactly
    what that means, or what it looks like. This requires, however, that the
    media – the so-called, recently only self-proclaimed, watchdogs –
    either join them … or get out of the way and stop interfering.