Recently at the NCAA college football championship game between Louisiana State and Clemson, a picture was taken of actor Vince Vaughn shaking hands with President Donald Trump as the two watched the game from a private box at the Superdome in New Orleans. Someone posted it on the internet and the left-wing social media went nuts against Vaughn. How dare he “humanize” Trump! That was the mantra.
When the left does this, their desire is to “cancel” a person; that means to attack and ruin the ability of the targeted individual to live life free of harassment and/or to make a living. And unlike the right, the left controls almost all the levers of power in our country and can make life a living hell for someone, especially public figures like Vaughn, who identifies in any way with Christians or conservatives.
Fortunately for Vaughn, he has been around long enough that he will likely survive the attempts to have him canceled in Hollywood. But had he been an up-and-coming actor, the photo with President Trump would have been the end of his career. Vaughn, as far as I know, has not taken a public position on Trump’s presidency. It’s the mere fact that he showed class and civility—he shook hands with the president. What an offense!
Now, to try to understand the thought process behind this attempt to “cancel” Americans who don’t agree with left-wing politics, one has to grasp the way a lot of “progressives” think. They believe that Christians and conservatives are much like Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. In fact, they use these words to describe us: deplorables, bigots, fascists, nationalists, religious extremists, Nazis—you get the point.
For them, Donald Trump is our leader and must be taken out by any means necessary. By “taken out,” I mean politically, but I also mean many of these leftists would like to see the president physically dead. They would murder him if they could get to him.
This is why Madonna says she would like to blow up the White House. This is why rapper Snoop Dogg’s album cover shows him pointing a gun at President Trump’s head. This is why comedian Kathy Griffin poses with a picture of herself holding up the bloody, decapitated head of Donald Trump.
It is not limited to a hatred of the president either. Project Veritas recently videoed a Bernie Sanders staffer saying that after Sanders wins the 2020 election, it would be necessary to reeducate Trump supporters. He went on to say that Soviet gulags weren’t really that bad and were “actually meant for, like, reeducation.” He cryptically added that this is what Sen. Sanders is really talking about when he touts “free education for everybody.” These are just several examples that come to mind.
In Hollywood or with corporate America, there is no price to pay for such hateful behavior. On the contrary, they are applauded and rewarded. Case in point: former NFL star Colin Kaepernick promotes communist dictators like Fidel Castro and wears socks that depict cops as pigs, and is heralded as a man of great courage and moral principle by Hollywood and NIKE, which pays him millions and millions of dollars to be the company spokesman.
Make no mistake, the goal of progressives is to regulate thought, speech and actions using the force of law to impose their beliefs on all Americans. Now, they are not in a position to do that quite yet, but that is their objective.
In fact, one of the reasons they are so angry now is that President Trump has appointed 187 conservative federal judges and two Supreme Court justices, thereby reshaping the federal bench. When Trump was elected in 2016, this threw a major monkey wrench into their plans to have Hillary Clinton appoint judges who would allow Christians and conservatives to be targeted for fines, imprisonment or banishment in the name of “ending hate and inequality” or “saving the planet” or “stopping gun violence.”
To be honest with you, it is quite scary. The progressive elite doesn’t believe much in debate, discussion or respecting the beliefs of others. No, they think we are Nazis and need to be stopped again—by any means necessary. Who knows how successful they will be?
One thing is certain—now more than ever, with the help of God, Christians need to be engaged in politics and government to help save and restore the America we have known and loved for our children and grandchildren.
(This column first appeared on American Family Association (AFA) blog site, The Stand. Tim Wildmon is president of AFA, a pro-family advocacy organization with over 2 million online supporters and approximately 150,000 subscribers to its monthly publication. Wildmon co-hosts “Today’s Issues” on the American Family Radio network, which consists of nearly 200 radio stations across the country.)