Douglas MacKinnon

I once had a conversation with a well-connected Democrat in Washington, D.C., with regard to lack of advertising in conservative publications.

Without missing a beat, she said it was because "advertisers and corporate America are petrified of the far left. The executives at these companies fear that if they advertise in conservative outlets, the far left will harass them, boycott them, threaten them, and picket them forever until they give in to the thuggish behavior."

I then pointed out that these same companies who for the most part shun conservative outlets are thrilled to advertise in far-left magazines like Mother Jones and Vanity Fair, and far-left newspapers like the New York Times and Washington Post.

"Precisely," she responded. "Because these companies know beyond a shadow of a doubt that conservatives will never lift a finger in protest. They may offer an initial objection, but in the end, they will do nothing."

Unfortunately, my Democrat friend is all too correct. There have been endless examples of where conservatives could and should have risen up in protest against advertisers or liberal outlets, and didn't.

When do conservatives say "no more?" When do they finally draw that uncrossable line in the sand? As an independent conservative, I am more and more worried that day will never come. As my liberal friend says: "That's not the conservative way. They are much too polite and civilized for the hand-to-hand combat the far left lives for."

Well, another glaring example of when conservatives and defenders of free speech can and should rise up against the politically correct censorship of the far left is upon us in the guise of liberal ESPN dropping Hank Williams Jr. from Monday Night Football.

What did Mr. Williams do wrong? He dared to touch the third rail of the far left and publicly criticize their oracle, Barack Obama. On the Fox News show "Fox & Friends," Mr. Williams opined that GOP House Speaker John Boehner participating in the "golf summit" with Mr. Obama was "one of the biggest mistakes ever. ... It would be like Hitler playing golf with Benjamin Netanyahu." Goodbye.

To be sure, I wish everyone in the public eye would stop invoking Hitler's name for anything. That said, Williams wasn't comparing Obama to Hitler. As is his right, he was simply using that example to highlight how nonsensical the "golf summit" was to him.

Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon is a former White House and Pentagon official and author of The Secessionist States of America. (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014)

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