I’m not allowed to buy advertising for my book, “50 Things Liberals Love to Hate” on Facebook because, according to their representative, they have received complaints about the word “hate” in my book title.
I guess if I wrote a book titled “I Hate Broccoli” or “Things I Hate About Skin Rashes”, I wouldn’t stand a chance on Facebook since it has the word “hate” in it, correct?
The reason they rejected my ad is because the title contains the word “liberals.” I have a hunch that if my book was called, “Why Liberals Hate Conservatives”, I wouldn’t have heard a peep.
Apparently, my book title is more offensive to Facebook than stalkers and pedophiles and perverts who troll the site with impunity.
Liberals love to screech about “free speech” but it’s pretty clear to most of us that they don’t really tolerate any speech but theirs. My book has been described as fun, smart, funny and insightful. Yet I’m not allowed to buy ads on Facebook to encourage people to buy it.
Free speech, indeed.
If I were a cranky conservative, I’d be convinced that the real reason someone at Facebook rejected my ad is because they don’t want people to buy my book. If I were a cranky conservative, I’d hear the stories from listeners from all over the country saying the book isn’t on the bookshelves at a lot of retailers – even though it’s supposed to be – and be certain that’s because liberals don’t want a conservative’s voice to be heard. That they want a conservative’s book to fail, no matter how many people might want to buy it. Because liberals always want to stifle and stamp out any world view that isn’t theirs.
I guess I’m a cranky conservative.
I know many people will be angry with Chick-Fil-A. But believe me, the anger and the hate and the contempt from the left can be relentless. Most people don’t like conflict; they just want to be able to live their lives – or sell chicken sandwiches – or books – in peace.
But to be a conservative means one has to practically declare war against the other side. It’s a war of self-preservation, to be sure. It’s a cultural and ideological battle that is as much self-defense for conservatism as anything else.
Because if we don’t fight back, we’re going to lose.
It is so tough being a conservative these days.
Mike Gallagher is a nationally syndicated talk radio host and Fox News Channel contributor. His book, “50 Things Liberals Love to Hate” is on sale now.