Jennifer A. Marshall: 'Duck Dynasty' defies Hollywood's normal ways
The Robertsons are pretty much the profile of Americans who "cling to guns or religion," in the caricatured terms used by one prominent politician a few years back. However much elites may deride the caricature, America sure loves this real-life version.
No doubt many view "Duck Dynasty" as a refreshingly wholesome alternative to much of pop culture (see: Hannah Montana morphing into Madonna at the MTV Video Music Awards).
"Maybe it's because we live our lives like people really want to live," suggests Phil.
If his hunch is right about what draws folks to such an unabashedly conservative family, it's a good sign. More Americans speaking up for what they believe — about life, marriage, family, faith and freedom — could lead to a surprising reversal for our country as well.
Jennifer A. Marshall is director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation.
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