Winning an entertainment award comes with a speech, which gives the winner the chance on global television to set America straight on its politics. The public should gratefully accept the gift of these insights from highly successful people, who risk their careers to speak truth to power.
Therefore, I offer free of charge the one speech that Americans need to hear from Hollywood.
The speech someone should give at an awards ceremony:
"Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for this award. I cannot accept it without thanking all those who helped me who helped and guided me through my career, and helped me overcome the difficulties we all face in life.
"But I would not be worthy of this award, if I did not use this opportunity to speak out against the injustices in our country, and the very real dangers that imperil our peace, our freedom, our prosperity, and our liberty.
"I must speak Truth To Power!
"I woke up on the morning of November 9, the day after the presidential election, and I did not recognize the country I was in. It had changed overnight. Suddenly, there were hate crimes and people screaming at people who did not vote their way. Mobs singled out gays and people of color for special cruelty.
"This Is Not Who We Are!
"We should not stand for this. As Suzanne Ito of the ACLU wrote in 2010, 'The First Amendment was designed to protect offensive and unpopular speech. It is in hard cases like this where our commitment to free speech is most tested, and most important.'
"We must Stand Up For Free Speech.
"But we now have fascism in our country as people use violence or the threat of violence to silence unpopular speech. Intolerance has replaced co-existence. Conformity has replaced individualism. Hate has replaced love.
"This Cannot Stand.
"Therefore, I am going to take a stand. I am going to resist fascism. I am going to resist being told what to say or what to think. I am going to resist the temptation to remain silent. I am going to resist the allure of cowardice -- and speak my mind no matter how unpopular or how many people in this room will hate me and say: I Fully Support President Trump.
"Trump the Establishment," my look at the general election, is available in paperback at Create Space, or if you prefer or (via Instapundit) Amazon as a paperback.
Kindle will be available March 1.
This is the sequel to "Trump the Press," which covered the nomination. It is available on Kindle, or in paperback on Create Space.
Autographed copies are available by writing me at DonSurber@GMail.com
Please follow me on Twitter.