Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson appeared at the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) Conference last week to accept the “Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award” (Talk about Orwellian “doublespeak”!).
Mr. Robertson fiercely defends the 1st with such bon mots as
“Women with women. Men with men. They committed indecent acts with one another. And they received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. They’re full of murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant God haters. They are heartless. They are faithless. They are senseless. They are ruthless. They invent ways of doing evil.” Wild Game Supper in Pottstown, Pennsylvania (2010)
Phil, as you’ve probably guessed, prefers different plumbing in his mates. And, it seems, the newer the plumbing, the better.
“A good woman is hard to find. Mainly because these boys are waiting until they get to be about 20 years old before they marry ‘em. Look, you wait till they get to be about 20 years old, they only picking that’s going to take place is your pocket. You gotta marry these girls when they’re 15 or 16, they’ll pick your ducks. You need to check with mom and dad about that, of course.” Sportsmen’s Ministry in Georgia (2009)
Now, don’t be thinking that Mr Robertson is just a borderline pedophile and a LGBT hater. Au contraire, mon ami! He has enough hate to go around the world.
“Why do they murder and why do they hate us? Because all of them … 80 years of history, they all want to conquer the world, they all rejected Jesus and they’re all famous for murder. Nazis, Shintoists, Communists and the Mohammedists. Every one of them the same way.” Hillsboro Church of Christ in El Dorado, Arkansas (2008)
By one way of looking at it, Phil deserves this award in much the same way J.B. Stoner would have deserved it back in 1970. Mr. Stoner won a fight with the FCC and was allowed to say “nigger” in his campaign commercials for Georgia Governor. (Btw, he lost in the primary to Jimmy Carter.)
Along with his normal “stir the teapot” rhetoric at CPAC, Mr. Robertson made a statement that turns out to be true. (Whoda thunkit?) Of course, he twisted a few details and left out a few others. But never fear. That’s why I’m here.
First, the statement:
“There is a penalty to be paid from what the beatniks and had morphed into the hippies. You say “What do you call the hundred and ten million people who have sexually transmitted illnesses?” It’s the revenge of the hippies. Sex, drugs and rock-n-roll have come back to haunt us in a bad way.”
The “110,000,000 STIs” (sexually transmitted infections) part is correct and I’ll address that in a moment.
First though, as one of those former hippies, I take umbrage to his attempt to place blame at our collective feet. The sexual revolution of the sixties was based on the development of hormonal contraceptive pills not LSD tabs. Almost everybody was “gettin” some” back then and most of the “getters” didn’t have long hair. (unless they were female, of course.)
Ok, got that out of my system, back to the 110 million.
Mr. Robertson’s statement got me curious, so I decided to do a little checking. His source was a 2013 report by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). There were a few interesting details (like who’s got what and where) in the report that he forgot to mention.
Another thing he forgot to mention is that the CDC states that condoms are “highly effective” in the prevention of STIs. (For some reason, contraceptives are anathema to “right-thinking” conservatives.) Of course, Phil offered his own solution.
“One man, one woman. For life.”
If he were actually historically accurate in his blame casting, there must have been a hell of a lot more beatnik/hippies in the south than any of us knew about. The following are listings of the five worst states for the two most common STIs, as well as the rise of syphilis infections. The numbers listed are out of 100,000 population.
Chalmydia (the clam)
- Mississippi 774
- Alabama 638
- Louisiana 598
- South Carolina 580
- New Mexico 571
Gonorrhea (the clap)
- Mississippi 230.8
- Louisiana 194
- Alabama 193
- South Carolina 163.2
- Georgia 156.1
Syphilis (the pox)
- Georgia 9.5
- California 7.8
- Louisiana 7.4
- Florida 7.2
- Texas 6.3
Seven of the nine states listed are in the very “religious” south, so just maybe that might have more to do with the problem than the hippies of five decades ago. Also, since most of these are “Just say no” type sex education states, that might have a hell of a lot more to do with it, as well.
If all this leaves you wanting more of Robertson’s ramblings, check out the video.