"Between the two extremes of democratic communities stands an innumerable multitude of men almost alike, who, without being exactly either rich or poor, possess sufficient property to desire the maintenance of order, yet not enough to excite envy....(they are) the natural enemies of violent commotions; their lack of agitation keeps all beneath them and above them still and secures the balance of the fabric of society." -Alexis de Tocqueville - Democracy in America
Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson spoke his mind about homosexual behavior, and was fired; a Catholic priest said Phil lacked a certain "tone"; radical liberals and certain Libertarians are calling for taking God out of the discussion...and the world keeps turning.
How do we manage to keep ourselves warm and fed and clothed in the midst of all this sniping? The drama and angst and the demands to right a wrong that someone feels another did to them by speaking is enough to make anyone worry about our country.
Phil Robertson's comments are not out of the mainstream of people who aren't much into politics, and are therefore not subject to political correctness. These are people that both major political parties are desperately trying to silence, for their traditionalist views on life. But you can't make them shut up, just like you couldn't make them do much of anything else.
In fact, any effort to shut them up will be considered a challenge to make themselves heard by more and more people. They won't be destroyed, because of their faith in God, and the fact that the perpetually offended don't buy duck calls.
So, while Duck Dynasty fans demand a company put them back on the air, and the activist arm of the LGBT community demands that no one reference the Bible, absolutely none of it will cause anxiety for Phil and millions like him. They remain constant, mentally strong, and resolute.
It is worth noting that the people who are closest to nature, like hunters, fisherman, farmers and those in rural communities are also those most steadfast in their views. The laws of nature are uncompromising, and it makes a person more mentally tough to be close to nature and all its lessons.
But in politics, the dominance of political correctness has forced people to decide to give up their freedom to speak freely, to the point that they are unable to speak at all. Those who are uncompromising are a bane to politicians, so those weak politicians use their power to silence them, and encourage others to disavow and denounce their views as extreme.
It is also worth noting that the ideology of liberalism stands against the belief in God. Noted Democratic pundit Kirsten Powers made a compelling case when she described her journey to Christ saying, "Then he (her boyfriend) said the magic words for a liberal: 'Do you think you could keep an open mind about it?' (Christianity) Well, of course. 'I'm very open-minded!' Even though I wasn't at all. I derided Christians as anti-intellectual bigots who were too weak to face the reality that there is no rhyme or reason to the world. I had found this man's church attendance an oddity to overlook, not a point in his favor."
Here again is the main point of tolerance and ignorance. Phil expressed tolerance because of his knowledge of the Bible, and the activist arm of the LGBT community expressed intolerance and ignorance of the Bible. When you get into discussion, some activists use science to dismantle belief, in reaction to the stated views of the Bible. This is typical of almost all of liberal ideology, and it works because science cannot explain God, and it puts enough doubt in circulation that all who Believe are classified as morons who refuse to accept science, and are anti-intellectual bigots, and forces the observer to pick a side.
Getting back to nature and righteousness calms the soul. The crescendo of sniping about offensive remarks just becomes white noise for those well centered in the values and traditions of human existence. Getting a man fired won't change his views, but may change other's views of those that fired him.
If we continue to knock God out of the national discussion, we can expect the unravelling of the fabric of society to accelerate, and take with it, the nation's soul.