by Mike Payne
Not just a chapter, but an entire book has come to an end in America. If we can believe their account, The New York Times, a once venerable and now pseudo-tabloid newspaper, has reported that after 146 years, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is “folding its big tent forever.”
A representative of the circus reportedly commented, “After nearly a century-and-a-half of never being upstaged, it has finally happened. How can we expect the likes of the bearded lady, the two-headed chicken, clowns, and people getting blown out of cannons to ever compete with how our national press is acting today? The last straw was when we couldn’t tell our own barrel of monkeys from CNN reporter Jim Acosta and the press pool at President-elect Trump’s first news conference. If people could watch acts more unbelievable than ours on television every day, the end was surely at hand.”
Okay, okay—the circus is really ending, but I admit, I fabricated that last statement. And, no, I’m not promoting “fake news”—it’s called sarcasm…
Blame it on what you will, but I believe it is in large part the failure of our education system to teach the basics of our government and the responsibility that goes along with being a Democratic Republic (no, we’re not a Democracy). Just consider that for the first time in history a self-proclaimed Socialist, mostly Commie, over-the-hill, has-been (never-was) Senator actually elicited enough support to be legitimately in the running to be the Democratic Presidential nominee. Fortunately, the Democratic Party was, as usual, in full cheat mode and stole the nomination from him (see John Podesta’s emails), otherwise it’s entirely possible we could have had a “Earn a dollar, give the government ninety cents for taxes and share the rest with a bunch of people with their hand stuck out” President.
During the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debate, Abraham Lincoln said, “You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.” This admonition from Lincoln was accurately reflected in the sixty-six million Americans who rejected the Progressive agenda views that were hell-bent on transforming our country into a European-like Socialist nation.
Obviously, this wasn’t written to convince anybody of Trump’s point of view. In case you haven’t noticed, that isn’t happening anywhere; and frankly, it won’t for a while. I’ll write a more conciliatory victory editorial when the Vitriol-Meter from the losing side gets below 100°C. However, I do believe there are plenty of reasonable Democrats with whom we can collaborate for the good of our country.
But, for now, those in the press (or public) who think things will settle down and Trump will get on board with your agenda or be moved by your manipulations, you’re in for a rude awakening. Donald Trump doesn’t suffer fools well, and he immediately recognizes and especially loathes liars (see Donna Brazile) and cheaters (see Donna Brazile, again). And, as has been proven time and time again throughout this campaign, much of the press falls into all three of those categories. So, CNN—don’t expect much for the next eight years; ABC, NBC, CBS, New York Times, Washington Post—expect to be behind the curve when it comes to the real news. Donald Trump doesn’t need you, and at least sixty-six million Americans don’t believe a word you say.