Civil Unrest

Vincent Viewpoints Header-vincent-kenOkay, some of the 18-25 year olds are not happy with their Candidates (Clinton and before that Sanders) not winning. Get over it. Even your current hero (Obama) said it. Candidates don’t always win. Put on your “big boy pants” and go on with life.

I’m disappointed at the childish reaction to the election. Yes, I would be equally unhappy if Clinton had won and people were burning the flag and yelling nasty slogans about that result. But yesterday I came across a real shocker. Did you know that the flag was flying at half mast in Time Square on Wednesday? What is that about? Then to cap the day I learned that some college and university campuses are offering counselling for their students that supported Clinton. Are you kidding me or what?

What a bunch of wooses we have raised that they have to have counselling because they didn’t get their way in an election.

I understand that Clinton won the popular vote by a few hundred thousand out of some 120,000,000 votes. That was largely due to a large win in California. You don’t like the Electoral College situation where a candidate can win the popular vote but still loose the election? Well, it isn’t the first time that has happened and I don’t particularly like the system either. Though presumably it did serve a purpose when many rural citizens didn’t have access to voting locations. That day is gone of course and the system should probably be changed. However, holding your breath and having a temper fit in the street or on the campus isn’t going to fix anything. It just makes you look like spoiled brats and the world laughs at you.

Some of the people in California are so unhappy that at least two of their state legislators (supported by some overpaid entertainers) are proposing that California pursue a course to remove itself from the union. I’m not sure the rest of the country would fall on their swords if they did secede. However, didn’t those people study any American history in their liberal state schools? Don’t they know what happened the last time some states opted to drop out and go on their own merry way?

There is speculation that the pot of civil unrest is being stirred by persons paid to do that, and even by some college professors. I won’t even hazard a guess as to their motive (s), but they clearly are not working in our country’s best interest.

It is certainly no secret that our country is badly divided by economic standing, race, religion, and several other factors. Those dividing canyons have been getting deeper in recent years. Is it really too much to ask of our younger generations to work toward healing those riffs instead of having tissy fits that make them worse?


Ken Vincent
Ken Vincent
KEN is a 46 year veteran hotelier and entrepreneur. Formerly owned two hotels, an advertising agency, a wholesale tour company, a POS company, a leasing company, and a hotel management company. The hotels included chain owned, franchises, and independents. They ranged in type from small luxury inns, to limited service properties, to large convention hotels and resorts. After retiring he authored a book, “So Many Hotels, So Little Time” in which he relates what life is like behind the scenes for a hotel manager. Ken operated more that 100 hotels and resorts in the US and Caribbean and formed eight companies. He is a firm believer that senior management should share their knowledge and experience with the next generation of management.

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  1. Ken, I certainly agree with with was written in the style you wrote, I get it! I think our young generation has been brain washed since toddler age. I use to have a bumper sticker on my car that read ” If you don’t like this country, get the Hell out!, and take the gift of freedom (as it is with you), and if you don’t believe in God, call upon Satan, as he looking for another Soul” Bottom line is this, the family unity is missing and as it continues to shrink, unless there is a change, this is not the end. God had HIS hand in this election whether some may disagree, it’s true. I pray the next 4 years will show them how ignorant actions can be. Thank Ken

  2. jphilpin: I don’t disagree with much of what you say. However, I don’t see how the college kids have been threatened with deportation, personal assaults, or even insults.

    I don’t agree with everything that Trump proposes to do, but rioting (violent or otherwise) solves nothing and simply makes things worse.

    I do agree with you that much of the world has been laughing at the U.S. for several years….these college kids are helping that?

  3. Ok – Ken …. Got my ‘big boy pants on’ … now what?

    I accept that Mrs Clinton got the popular vote. I accept that Mr Trump won the election and is the POTUS-elect because that is the way it works (despite Mr Trump spending months telling the American public that the elections are rigged.) Hell fire I accepted Bush2 – both times – and in ’round one’ everything was a lot closer. So what is the difference? So much. Perhaps the people protesting in the streets might be more than a little distressed because:

    “Donald Trump has talked openly about doing terrible things to them. Every news piece that breathlessly obsesses over inauguration preparations compounds their fear by normalizing a man who has threatened to tear families apart, who has bragged about sexually assaulting women and who has directed crowds of thousands to intimidate reporters and assault African Americans.”

    … and no I did not write that second paragraph. But it cannot be denied.

    And what did Mr. Trump do? He sent out a tweet that blamed it on professional protestors which were incited by the media.

    BTW – the world was laughing at America long before the election. That stopped on Tuesday night.

    Anyway – got my big boy pants on:

    … awaiting instructions.