What a surprise. It seems that another far-left liberal actor has taken a role with the express intent being to smear a conservative icon. In this case, it’s Meryl Streep allegedly trying to dishonor and cheapen the accomplishments of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

How?  By of all things, playing Thatcher in an upcoming film.  According to The Daily Telegraph of London, the children of the former prime minister are “…appalled at what they have learnt about the film…they think it sounds like some Left-wing fantasy.”

When I was at the Pentagon, I had the honor to meet and help brief then-Prime Minister Thatcher.  The woman I met was the personification of honor, integrity, determination, and patriotism.  Precisely because of their conservative beliefs, she and Ronald Reagan demonstrably helped to shape the world for the better and many on the left still hate them for it.

Sadly, and quite dangerously, because so much of the entertainment industry is controlled by the left, they have the power to rewrite history, denigrate conservative leaders and policy, exaggerate their own accomplishments, or just outright lie.  While they claim “artistic license,” it’s really all about ideology, fear, and loathing.

What’s a conservative to do?  It’s rare that I can go to any mainstream Hollywood movie and not see a gratuitous shot being taken at Republicans, conservatives, or Christians. Cheap shots which do hurt the bottom-line, as well as punish investors.

With regard to this far-left bias and disregard for investment, there is a parallel exhibited at most major daily newspapers.  A senior editor at a well-known paper told me, “My bosses didn’t care about driving away conservative readers because it wasn’t their money.  For them, liberal ideology trumps profit or even staying in business.”

That explanation also applies to the haters in Hollywood.   Who cares if they drive down or eliminate profit by needlessly attacking conservatives or Christians.  It’s not their money.

Conservatives need to step into this arena in a big way.  There are a number of conservative billionaires or multi-millionaires in our nation, but only a handful at best who are willing to invest in film or newspapers.  Why?

For conservatives like me who also write fiction, I feel an obligation to wave the red flag of warning when appropriate within my novels or short stories.  Each and every time I have, I have been attacked by the left.  Three quick examples:

In my novel “America’s Last Days”  -- which takes place a number of years in the future and depicts a revolution from within -- my characters talk about the just-completed war with Mexico started because of Mexico’s militarization of our southwest border and the many incursions into sovereign U.S. territory by their military and drug cartels.

After the novel came out, I got numerous emails from those on the left accusing me of being a bigot, an alarmist  and “anti-Latino.”  My Hispanic-American wife being most amused by the last charge.  Today, anarchy, chaos, and corruption reign in Mexico and the incursions into our sovereign territory by Mexican forces increase.

Next comes a short-story I was asked to write for Townhall Magazine for their September 2008 edition.  I was asked to fictionalize what it might be like two years into an Obama administration.  In the body of my short story, I imagined (among other things which have come to pass) a car-bomb being detonated in Times Square.

Again came the emails from the left attacking me for being a racist and an alarmist.  Of course, when the real Jihadist Times Square bomber was stopped by luck three months ago, no emails from the far-left.

Last, is my just released novel entitled “Vengeance Is Mine.”  In the body of the book, my traditional values private investigator weaves in a potentially very serious charge against a former liberal president and the fact that the current liberal president is actively trying to take our guns and ammo as he tries to swing our Republic hard left.  Once again, the hate-filled emails have come my way.

The point being, that on the creative front, conservatives must not shy away from defending our values and our vision for our nation.  For the moment, Meryl Streep and the far-left control much of the message.

It’s up to conservatives, moderates and independents to change that destructive dynamic.  Words do matter.

Novelist Douglas MacKinnon is a former White House and Pentagon official.