National Elections = Traveling Circus

Vincent Viewpoints Headerby Ken Vincent, Columnist & Featured Contributor

[su_dropcap style=”flat”]W[/su_dropcap]ELL, IT IS THAT TIME AGAIN where a bunch of politicians hit the campaign road in what quickly resembles a traveling circus. This year we seem to have a bumper crop of trained animals and clowns presented for our entertainment.

On the one hand we have the Democrats that have presented us with, some 5 trained seals, all spouting the party line. Of course Hillary C. is leading that pack and is featured in the center ring. Her spiel is the same: Spread the wealth, equalize incomes, tamp down business starting with big banks and Wall Street. All this rhetoric is done with a strait face while her husband rakes in $250,000 for one hour speaking engagements. All this while they live in a $10,000,000 mansion in NY with the tax payers paying circustheir mortgage. She will not take any speaking engagement unless provided with a large private jet. You won’t see her in first class on a scheduled airline, much less in coach. She performs slight of hand too. Preaching that Wall Street should be brought down to size while she rakes in hundreds of thousands in campaign contributions from those high paid executives and their “greedy companies”. Of course she claims that some 90% of her $47,000,000 war chest has been donated by “small people” giving under $250 each. Yes, we all believe that.

Then we have a record crop of Republican candidates performing this year. I believe there are 16 and counting. Most of those don’t have a chance in Hell of being the nominee, so what are they doing in the ring? The leader of the pack is a seasoned performer named Trump. While his bombastic comments seem to be resonating with much of the public he is beginning to look like an unchained cannon on the deck. Even the Republican puppeteers are suggesting that he tone it down a bit. While many agree that we must gain control of our southern boarder his suggestion that we build a 2,000 mile wall is nuts. The cost will be in the billions and our 21,000 boarder guards will never be able to police it even with a fleet of drones. His comment that McCain is not a war hero because he was captured is not really relevant to our national problems that a president needs to address, so what is his point?

So, it seems we have one leading candidate punching Wall Street and the wealthy with one hand while raking in their money with the other. Another leader that appears to be more intent on capturing headlines than offering solid suggestions of real issues.

How about we tell them all to stop parading around the rings waving their personal banners? How about they stop the hypocrisy? How about they tell the truth, or at least something vaguely resembling truth? How about they speak to balancing the budget, cutting the overwhelming deficit, protecting our people that are overseas and our homeland? Would those issues not play well in the center ring of this traveling circus? How about we turn off the news broadcasts until the main stream media stops presenting us with circus performances and broadcast only solid and responsible news reporting?

How about “We The People” stand up and take responsibility for our future?


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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