When I was reading Greg Gutfeld’s book, The Joy of Hate, this year I thought he was being a little melodramatic when he complained that Republicans/Conservatives were starting to get offended as easily as liberals. (I can’t remember where he said that and I’m sure it’s not an exact quote…my copy of the book is at home and I’m not.)
But unfortunately I’m beginning to see his point.
We spend an inordinate amount of time on petty issues when it comes to our news cycle.
I know it’s Christmas Eve-Eve and it’s naturally a slow news week. No one likes to talk politics right before Christmas.
So when I visited my news feed this morning I wasn’t shocked that there was a mere 147 new stories in my queue, as opposed to the normal 400+ that I see on a normal Monday morning.
What was surprising was the content.
At least half of them contained the terms “Duck Dynasty” or “Phil Robertson” in the title.
Frankly it’s been talked to death. There is nothing new to be said on this until the boycott fails or bears fruit. Even then it should be a tiny speck of news in the grand scheme of things.
There are WAY more important things to talk about at this juncture people.
I know, I know, you’re going to say “But MeredithAncret how can you say that!? It’s just a small part of the larger societal war on Christianity! If we don’t talk it death NOW then the government will be jailing us for speaking our mind next!”
No, you know what’s going to happen?
Did any of you ever read “The Little Boy Who Cried Wolf” when you were younger?
Every time you come out talking about how this is a violation of your first amendment rights (which it’s NOT by the way) you just leave people (like me) annoyed and completely unable to take you seriously.
Seriously, you all need to slow your roll, as the kids say.
Check yourself before you wreck yourself.
That sort of thing.
And that’s really all I have to say about that.
Like I said, it’s a slow news week.
Personally I’d like to see more debate over the issue the Utah judge that’s legislating from the bench again.
Or maybe we could have some rational discussion over the budget, instead of calling Paul Ryan a military hating commie.
Or the Ohio Democrat that wants all homeschooling parents to go through a social services investigation before being allowed to homeschool their children.
So maybe it isn’t a slow news week after all. We just don’t have our priorities straight on what the big NEWS items actually are.*
But I guess talking about how wrong it is for a private business to make an unpopular business decision, combined with the inherent need follow the Palin’s, Levin’s, and Huckabee’s of the world, who seem to be living for building hysteria, is just much more fun.
*Not to say that if you are religious this isn’t an issue you should debate to your heart’s content. I just find it completely ridiculous that this is the only news item that’s filling my feed from every New Media (and Fox News) outlet, except Drudge Report…that one seems to have mostly moved on.