As many of you know from my past columns, I haven’t been a fan of Donald Trump. Regardless, I always said I would vote for him given the alternative, which was much, much worse.
But when Trump starting talking about the system being “rigged,” it was incredible how much offense the mainstream media took to that charge.
They couldn’t understand the allegation, so they went about trying to disprove it by saying someone would have to “fix” every voting machine or convince supervisors of elections around the country to game the system.
That wasn’t what Trump was talking about, and even today the mainstream media still don't get it.
But enough Americans understood clearly what Trump was talking about to change the direction of our country on Election Day.
Though Trump was hardly artful in making his case, Americans know that the mainstream media play favorites, and favorites include most, if not all, Democratic candidates because they tend to think like the journalists do. That’s why there is a Fox Channel!
For example, the major networks, did everything they could to promote Trump during his race for the Republican nomination, giving him unlimited earned media opportunities on a daily basis.
Why? Because they perceived that Trump would be the easiest candidate for Hillary to defeat. So, they did everything they could to keep him in the public eye and, of course, he accommodated them.
However, once Trump became the nominee, the networks and The New York Times, The Washington Post and other major dailies did everything they could to tear him down to the point of spending way more time on his comments and actions, yet giving only cursory notice to Hillary’s foibles, as if it was perfunctory.
The American people intuitively understood this, because it’s part of the assault by the liberals, Hollywood elite and the political correctness police that has been raining down on all of us since the self-righteous Obama got elected.
It didn’t matter if Obama wouldn’t react to the “red line in the sand” he drew in Syria over the use of chemical weapons. It didn’t matter if Iran was skirting the rules on the nuke treaty, because this for sure was going to be part of Obama’s legacy.
It didn’t matter if Obamacare was everything the critics said it would be, because the establishment knows what is best for us.
God forbid if we think that we can challenge that notion.
So, what if Americans, blue-collar working families, were losing jobs in the Rust Belt and wherever manufacturing once prevailed in America. NAFTA and TPP were the only answer, because globalization was more important than jobs for ordinary Americans.
Americans didn't want to hear professional athletes and Hollywood celebrities talking politics.
It didn’t matter that Hillary herself said she and Bill left the White House “broke.” They're now worth about $250 million. She traded favors with Clinton Foundation donors and foreign governments and she mixed our business with her private inclinations to feather their own nest.
In the late '60s, Ricard Nixon called us the "Silent Majority," and though I never, ever thought we’d rise again to make our voices heard, we did on Nov. 8.
We gave the establishment, the Hollywood elites, the “listen to me” pro athletes, the crony, corrupt capitalists in D.C., and the national media the proverbial middle finger.
If we had listened to the national media, there wasn’t much reason for us regular Joes to even go to the polls, because the Latinos, the African-Americans, the Muslims and others had already decided our fate -- and it was with Hillary.
On Tuesday, they were already giddy talking about various Dems being in the new administration. Not one major network uttered a word about a Trump administration. But, we had a different idea up our sleeve. We’re going to vote our conscience.
Sure, we didn’t like either one, but when it came down to brass tacks, Hillary’s emails were indeed more problematic than Trump's embarrassing behavior, and exit polls confirmed this fact. Above all else, America wanted a change.
The “chance” meeting between Bill Clinton and the attorney general on the airport tarmac, the FBI looking the other way on countless obvious violations of the law by Hillary and her cohorts on the email scandal, the stalled investigation by the Department of Justice of Clinton, Inc. -- because Dems don’t investigate their Democratic nominee ... We saw it with our own eyes and Trump’s commentary drilled it into our heads that we were being manipulated by the establishment, that the system was rigged, and it all began to fall into place.
Now here we are. It doesn’t matter if the establishment is Republican or Democrat, we’re going to take back our country and rest it on the principles that were explicitly laid out by our founding fathers: That God, country, a vibrant private enterprise sytem, and the pursuit of happiness is what this country is all about. We don’t have to feel ashamed about that, nor are we going to make any more excuses.
We know that we’re the greatest country in the history of the world, but it’s also important to Make America Great Again, because the establishment has taken away our glory and instead has burdened us with the selective history of our past and our alleged offensive behavior.
Americans know right from wrong.
The system is rigged. It has been for a long time. Americans knew it and we finally got the courage of our convictions to express our anger and rip up the status quo.
For our country to thrive and survive, we must do something different. And we just did.
Barney Bishop III has been lobbying in the criminal justice and behavioral healthcare arena for over a quarter of a century and can be reached at email@example.com