I have previously, within the spaces allowed in The Olympian, questioned whether we as a nation, have contributed to the intellectual vigor of our people over that of our forefathers (or those who came before them). Once again, after studying the brouhaha over Duck Dynasty, I think not.
Consider for a moment where the root of this mess arose: People watch a program under the guise of learning something”(a sample of the show’s antecedents that also teach us history via “Swamp People,” “Ice Road Truckers” and “Ax Men”) only to become riled up when one of the characters is (I love this!) suspended.
From the fringes come a-howling the left and the right, all firmly perched upon either a First Amendment right, or Jeffersonian principle of human rights.
Please everyone, give us all a break. This is Pogo’s Principle at its best: “We have met the enemy, and he is us!” We have created this absurd world from within which we are forced to live. We have made ourselves so mighty, we no longer see, nor want to hear that we are our own undoing.
Again, I can only muse that The Athenians, The Republican Romans, The Jeffersonians, The Rousseaus, Karl Marx — all would only shake their heads if they were among us now. What absurdities and undoings to their genius we have accomplished.