Those of us of a certain age have in all likelihood been to one or more circuses.  That was before some uninformed progressives thought it would endear them to voters if they disbanded circuses.  Their theory was that the animals in the shows were mistreated.  Far from the truth, however.  The animals were their bread and butter and no circus owner would cut off the biggest draw in the show by abusing the animals in any way.  The animals were well fed, sheltered, groomed, and loved.  But, that isn’t really the point of my story here.

Those that lived in the era of the circus will recall the clown car.  This was a very small car that held an unbelievable number of clowns.  The car made a couple of laps around the ring and then stopped and clowns came pouring out.  It was beyond belief as to how many clowns that little car held.

Well, circuses or not, the clown show continues today.  It can be viewed on almost every newscast of every day.  The clowns are now called politicians and they come in all sizes and shapes and in all political persuasions.  You can watch them perform at podiums all over the country.  They have perfected the soft shoe dance introduced by the governor in the movie “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”.

These political clowns sing various tunes, all with the same underlying theme of distracting the public, lying to the public, fleecing the public, and saying anything that may get them reelected.  After 4-8 years of doing their version of a dog and pony show, they can retire with pay for life, free medical, and enough money to buy several multi-million dollar mansions.  I think the last president to retire poor was Harry Truman.

Well, in any case for those of you that miss the circus and the clown car segment of the show, just turn on the telly and watch the news.  There are clowns aplenty, though the little clown car has gone the way of the circus.  Now the clowns tumble out of chauffer-driven limos, and their stick on red noses have been replaced with diamond stick pins.

Frankly, I preferred the clowns with the red noses, and the tickets to the circus cost far less than supporting the political clowns of today.


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. I absolutely loved this essay. Such an apposite commentary of yesterday’s and today’s political landscape. No lessons learned just the same old nonsense being regurgitated by the “clowns in charge. The lunatics are running the asylum. Thank you Ken, I was so impressed with your submission, I hope you don’t mind I have re posted it on LinkedIn. I look forward to reading more.