Robert Knight

The speed with which Cracker Barrel executives realized the enormity of the “mistake” should send a message to corporate America and to politicians in both major parties: Christians and other customers with traditional values are angry and are not going to take it anymore.

If you’re a political consultant still counseling candidates to follow Mitt Romney’s losing script of bloodless, neutral, managerial economic themes, you’re blind to the massive unrest and the hunger for real leadership.

Obamacare will be the big issue in 2014 and it should be. It’s not just about health care but about decadent elites who tell us what’s good for us.They hate the likes of Phil Robertson.

Candidates outside of deep blue enclaves like San Francisco or Chicago will do well to campaign against Obamacare, and for constitutional, small government. It’s all about resistance. The Tea Parties are the vehicle for many people who desire to go beyond what seems like a rigged game and restore America to be a self-governing nation.

Even some conservative commentators seem more concerned with Phil Robertson’s choice of terms than what A&E did to him in the name of “tolerance.”Perhaps they might want to review a stunning statistic.In 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control, 94 to 95 percent of HIV cases among boys and young men were linked to homosexual sex.This includes males 13 years old (think about that for a moment) to 24 years of age.And Phil’s the guy who has the wrong idea?

This is why Mr. Robertson had to be treated like a criminal.He shined a light on realities kept behind the media’s curtain.For a literary equivalent of what he did, see the fearless boy in “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”

This duck story is not flying away anytime soon.The Internet is loaded with support for the Duck Commander.Ohio-based Faith2Action, with help from Texas-based VisionAmerica, launched a website, last week offering at no charge to send postcards to A&E urging Mr. Robertson’s reinstatement on “Duck Dynasty.”For a small donation, respondents can mail A&E a rubber duck.Within 24 hours, the site had 2,000 requests for postcards and orders for 500 rubber ducks, according to Faith2Action founder Janet Porter.

In the GQ article, Phil Robertson gave a fuller picture of sex, sin and redemption than most media accounts reported.Later, he led a Bible study in which the British newspaper the Daily Mail noted that he emphasized his own sinful life and need for repentance and salvation, which he said was available to everyone.

In every episode of “Duck Dynasty,” the Robertson clan emphasizes faith, independence and small-town values.Given the continued outpouring of support, the path to America’s renewal might just run through a Louisiana bayou and a bearded contingent of Bible thumpers.

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.