Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson and his fundamentalist view of male supremacy will be a story well into 2014. [Photo by Art Streiber for A&E]

Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson and his fundamentalist view of male supremacy will be a story well into 2014.
[Photo by Art Streiber for A&E]

“They got to where they’re getting hard to find, mainly because these boys are waiting “˜til they get to be about 20 years old before they marry ’em,” Robertson said. “Look, you wait “˜til they get to be 20 years old the only picking that’s going to take place is your pocket. You got to marry these girls when they are about 15 or 16. They’ll pick your ducks.” [Huffington Post]

THE GOOD news for modern men and women is that when religious fundamentalists are given a wide audience they inevitably reveal their baser instincts. For Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson it begins with marrying girls as young as their parents will approve so that women won’t have the education they need to understand that traditionalism is founded in controlling the female so she never evolves.

The Duck Dynasty patriarch does not represent Christianity, but is instead a living, breathing actor in the fundamentalist movement that has taken hold of the base of the Republican Party. Sarah Palin is part of this clan. The recent Phil Robertson spectacle actually tops the 2012 GOP carnival, which likely will be with us well into 2014, because there are reports that he intends to campaign for Republicans.

There’s not enough Scotch in the world to soothe Karl Rove’s worries over this one.

Our No. 1 focus is to make sure, when it comes to the Senate, that we have no loser candidates”¦ That will be our mantra: No fools on our ticket.

The blunt choice of words is no accident. All year long, as they’ve crept closer and closer to having to face the reality of a Ted Cruz presidential candidacy in 2016 (with Cruz maybe picking recently-redeemed Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson as his more moderate running mate?), the Beltway’s Republican kingmakers have drifted into ever more alarmist language about the need to change course.

Needless to say, the Duck Dynasty patriarch doesn’t care that young women without an education usually end up in poverty. That’s because he and his fundamentalist clan want women dependent on marriage that’s defined by traditional patriarchy that exalts all maleness at the expense of women.

This story started late in 2013, but you can bet it will be with us well into 2014.