The Duggars: Are They Really Hated In Their Own Hometown?

The Duggar family has been at the heart of countless controversies over the course of their many years in the public eye.

Of course, they've always maintained the position that only God can judge them, but considering how many times the word "neighbor" comes up in the Bible, well ...

Jim Bob and company might want to spare some concern for the folks who live near them and what they have to say.

If you follow the family closely, you're probably aware the Duggars and their neighbors don't always get along.

In fact, Jim Bob has been derided as a greedy, status-seeking, wannabe tyrant.

But is that a fair assessment, or is the family-man-turned-media-mogul being judged too harshly?

Take a look at the evidence and decide for yourself:

1. The Power Couple

Michelle duggar and jim bob duggar in silver dollar city
Jim Bob and Michelle may have started their relationship under humble circumstances, but 19 kids, millions of dollars, and one semi-failed political career later, it's clear that they always had big aspirations.

2. More Than a Media Mogul

Jim bob duggar and michelle duggar share a drink
Jim Bob is many things: a former state senator, a father of 19, and the overseer of a burgeoning media empire -- but he still aspires to more.

3. Aspiring Land Baron

Michelle and jim bob duggar interview
Jim Bob's tendency to buy up large tracts of land for commercial use has frequently caused him to clash with his neighbors.

4. The Family Business

Jim bob and josh duggar picture
Jim Bob and several of his children are involved in the business of flipping cars and properties.

5. Bucking Tradition

Jana duggar promo photo
Though working women are rarely seen in the evangelical world the Duggars inhabit, Jim Bob has permitted some of his daughters, including Jana, to take part in these ventures, which should serve as an indication of how serious he is about this aspect of his empire.

6. A Conservative Crowd

Jim bob and michelle duggar in honduras
Obviously, both real estate development and selling used cars require large tracts of land. And so, Jim Bob is constantly buying up acres, much to the chagrin of some of his neighbors, who may be resistant to change.
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