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The System WAS Rigged - and America Understood That

November 10, 2016 - 10:15am

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 barney@barneybishop.com

Comments

Good job, Barney. Right on the mark, as usual.

I agree with Tom Berlinger. Having "done time in Tallahassee", I can certainly see how someone with Barney's perspective could well-serve our state! Something that I found really interesting was how Trump was pressed during the primary debates to support unequivocally the party's nominee (obviously unknown at that time), however when HE was the party's candidate for the general election---NONE of his major primary opponents lended their support to him. Hypocritically, the mainstream media didn't press this issue!

Excellent post! What will be needed now is to help the Trump Administration with ideas on how to 'drain the swamp!' Given we are both committed to helping small businesses, let me share an issue which has our FPA Think Tank most concerned. During the last 3 years, the Government has lost 25% of its own small business contracting base. Interviews with a cross section of those businesses has demonstrated that BARRIERS, regulations and complexity has caused such exit. FPA will be recommending the use of CONSEQUENCES to be put in placed. I urge everyone - even if they did not vote for Trump - to consider contributing their efforts towards ending the corruption and favoritism that you so well have characterized on your post. Keep up the good work and thank you for making a difference!

What is FPA stand for?...and yes, I agree that we should do everything we can to isnure that samll businesses - the backbone of America's economy - should be able to compete and do biz with the federal government without unnecessary regulations and impediments!

Excellent post! What will be needed now is to help the Trump Administration with ideas on how to 'drain the swamp!' Given we are both committed to helping small businesses, let me share an issue which has our FPA Think Tank most concerned. During the last 3 years, the Government has lost 25% of its own small business contracting base. Interviews with a cross section of those businesses has demonstrated that BARRIERS, regulations and complexity has caused such exit. FPA will be recommending the use of CONSEQUENCES to be put in placed. I urge everyone - even if they did not vote for Trump - to consider contributing their efforts towards ending the corruption and favoritism that you so well have characterized on your post. Keep up the good work and thank you for making a difference!

Yet Hillary got nearly a quarter million MORE votes nationally than Trump...with the convoluted electoral college system giving Trump the vote. I wonder if Trump would be shouting the system is rigged if that had been the other way around? Ironically, Trump received 25.5% of the votes from registered voters. So many simply did not vote for any candidate.

181,000(rounded up) is more than 74,000 votes shy of a quarter million. Also, we still do not have the tallies from Minnesota and New Hampshire. She lost, get over it.

Barney, will you concede you were wrong on Amendment Two? I believe your comment was no way A2 would pass, and would be soundly defeated. Well, 70% of the voters disagreed with your statement.

Yes, I was wrong...it doesn't belong in our state Constitution, but the people of Florida have spoken and I will accept their verdict

The people spoke, but that doesn't mean it's a great idea or that it should be enshrined in an article on our state Constitution.

Barney...you should have been running for public office instead of lobbying it. Thanks for your sane and intelligent overview. Great stuff!

The majority of Americans didn't believe the system was rigged and it isn't...and I do get your point and, frankly, so does what you seem to think is a monolith media. It isn't either. It was just another frightening red meat slogan - but an effective one.

It is a monolithic media machine! They had 7 days a week and 24 hour coverage when Trayvonn Martin was shot by the man he was assaulting. They even stated that he was white, when he was actually HISPANIC and brown!! However, a Bosnian refugee is beaten to death with hammers by a gang of Black thugs in St Louis while trying to shield his fiancee. . .but not a blip! A 32 year old white man here in Jacksonville was beaten to death by a black man who crashed his party because he refused to let him take all of the grilled meat home with him. When he was told "No" he went and picked up a baseball bat and beat him to death! He was convicted of murder but this atrocity didn't merit more than five minutes of local media attention and was never even mentioned on the national news. The unarmed military veteran who was playing basketball with his young daughter and was shot and killed by a black man because he said the man should not harass the kids skateboarding in the park. AGAIN NOT ONE WORD IN THE NATIONAL MEDIA!! They pick and choose the stories they air. It has to fit with their narrative that blacks are being oppressed by white bullies when they are merely trying to live their lives. This is no better than the parents who are angry because their son was shot and killed by a Pizza Hut employee as he attempted to rob the store at gun point!! They said that "just because he had a gun didn't mean he would have hurt anyone and he was only trying to get money for his son"!! I am surprised that CNN hasn't tried to make another cause out of this! Our news is not talking about the horrorific gang rapes that German, Swedish women and others are being subjected to by the Middle Eastern and African "refugees" that have flooded their countries. They try to manipulate our minds and our emotions with the stories that they choose to broadcast. It may work with you, but it does NOT work with me. I will not live in Orwell's 1984!

Holy crap! COLOR does NOT mean anything. Just as many BAD Hispanics commit crimes, just like BAD white & black people do! It's time to stop nursing these baby criminals and give them what they deserve. REAL punishment! Bring back the chain gangs, that will teach many prisoners new skills as well as saving tax dollars by utilizing the 'FREE LABOR' throughout the states, in counties and cities! Meanwhile, isn't it time for EVERYONE to begin working TOGETHER? Those naysayers need to give the guy a chance and let's see what he can do. **Please notice we sent a majority of incumbents right back to their cozy Washington offices. I fear not many changes will be coming until there's a complete change in Congress! GO TRUMP!!

It would not be fun to be blind... but it would be much worse to be blind and dumb--like some people blatently are. It is a very, dangerous condition...

By using the wrong words you have opened your self to having to prove your statement. Never use the word majority...and yes a 'lot' of us do believe the system is rigged because of the five left stream television station cheerleading squad. Crystal clear.

And we should take this sage advice from a Corporate shill who made his millions lobbying for special interest? I think not. More hypocrisy.

How ironic? How do you think Hilary and Bill went from broke to a net worth of 250 million. Talk about HYPOCRISY! There are none so blind as those who will not see.

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