Douglas MacKinnon

All Americans and all conservatives should understand that liberals firmly believe that free speech exists only for them. Not only will they do all in their power to deny the privilege of free speech to Republicans and conservatives, they will also purposefully twist and exaggerate words to destroy certain Republicans.

For the latest example of that tried and true tactic, look no further than the Washington Post's ongoing smear of Rick Perry.

With regard to Hank Williams and ESPN, this is an attack on free speech that conservatives should fight. The far-left ESPN is owned by the further-left Walt Disney Co. As such, its sports "reporters" and executives are hired based on the politically correct rules of diversity, skin color, sexual orientation, gender, religion and of course, adherence to liberal ideology.

Ironically, while the far left now controls ESPN — as well as the major newspaper sports pages— I have no doubt the vast majority of viewers who watch this liberal network are conservative, Republican or independent. And yet, they are accepting of the continual purge of conservative or independent thought and common sense from that network. Why?

Shouldn't conservatives and those who allegedly cherish free speech (ACLU anyone?) be up in arms against ESPN for dropping Hank Williams? Shouldn't viewers make their displeasure known to ESPN and Disney?

If the shoe were on the other foot and Fox Sports had dropped a liberal entertainer because he had said something negative about a Republican candidate, you can bet the liberals would be marching in front of Fox headquarters and assailing and threatening all of their sponsors. And they would never stop until they exacted their pound of flesh.

My Democrat friend is betting big that conservatives will once again sit on the sidelines and hope someone else takes up their battle. She is most likely right. But if she is, what will it take for conservatives to finally charge the castle? Free speech is under attack, traditional values are being vanquished, and time is running out.

If those realities are not enough to force conservatives to finally take a stand, then we are all in trouble.

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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