I think it would be pretty easy for most of us to make a list of ten things that all decent Americans agree on. We might differ on tactics in how to reach a goal, but there aren’t many people who would suggest that ending child abuse or improving education is a bad idea. I feel safe saying that everyone would like to eradicate cancer and help families dealing with cancer.
Yet the audience at a fund-raiser for exactly that cause erupted in boos last weekend in Boston. Why that happened sheds light on Donald Trump’s amazing election victory. For twenty-two years, comedians have performed in an evening that produces publicity and funds for the Cam Neely Foundation, a group dedicated to providing ‘comfort, support and hope to cancer patients and their families.’ The organization’s Comic Come Home fund-raiser is billed as an evening where “every year the audience laughs hard enough to shake the roof!” This year, anger and disgust replaced some of the laughter.
Comedian Wanda Sykes used her time on stage to unleash a hate-filled diatribe against Donald Trump. Bashing Republican politicians isn’t new territory for many popular comedians – I remember reading about a truly disgusting presentation by Sarah Silverman when George W. Bush was president. This year’s vitriol didn’t go as planned. Audience members began to boo and rather than pivoting away from her remarks, the comedian proceeded to curse those who had chosen to give from their money to support a good cause.
Before any policy changes, before signing any bills, Donald Trump has already provided a service to America. For too many years, the Left has suppressed opposing views and belittled, besmirched and insulted millions of kind, giving, decent people. Many of these people have seethed silently rather than risk jobs and relationships. They kept quiet rather than volunteering for insults and scorn. President Obama elevated this bullying to new heights, erecting straw men that he then arrogantly knocked down. Fair-minded liberals haven’t even been aware that among their workmates, schoolmates and neighbors were those who held differing opinions. Respectful dialogue that might have elucidated issues for people on both sides never took place.
I hope that last week’s voter uprising has lasting results in emboldening citizens to defend themselves and proudly and publicly proclaim their beliefs, just as this audience did. Certainly, vitriol on both sides of the political aisle needs to diminish. I’m all in favor of a reduction in profanity and foul language no matter what one’s political leanings. Yet the media, academia and entertainment elites are overwhelmingly liberal and have blindly refused to recognize their own bigotry. It’s about time their eyes were forced open. Then, maybe, we can make progress starting with areas where we agree such as improving the lives of cancer patients.