Some of our younger readers may not realize that they've lived through one of the strangest, most unpredictable, most history-changing elections ever.
Not since the 1980 Presidential Election, when former Hollywood actor Ronald Reagan trounced incumbent Jimmy Carter, have we seen the polls so out of whack. Carter was leading the national poll by at least 15% up to the election, only to concede early in the night after seeing the results pour in for Reagan.
In this election, we saw polls giving Hillary Clinton a far greater advantage. On Election Day, the New York Times said she had a 92% chance of winning.
But there's more than just the warped polls. Years of established politics have gone out the window. Trump, an outsider (who has never held public office) was able to turn blue states red for the first time in almost thirty years. A Republican got the working class vote- that's not supposed to happen. Few political insiders supported Trump. Even many leading Republicans turned their backs on him. Major CEO's and the media worked to oppose him.
He won in a shocking upset (that is if you didn't see it coming).
This was the first election to have a candidate under FBI investigation for criminal wrongdoing, twice. Hillary Clinton committed crimes that made Watergate look like regular business. Yet the liberal media and the DNC looked the other way. They even torpedoed a viable alternative, Bernie Sanders, whom some people said could have beaten Trump easily (probably not, but let's give them this one).
A severely corrupt Democrat and a Republican who never held public office. In times past, this would have never happened. This year we have already seen unexpected things come true. Fantasy- it seems-has become a reality.
But above it all, we've seen a shocking push from celebrities and entertainers to get Hillary Clinton elected. The extent they went to bamboozle voters to elect a terrible woman to the highest office in the land has gone above and beyond any endorsements I have ever seen in my life.
We've seen desperate celebrities make tearful pleas for you to vote on November 8th, belittling you if you wanted to support "fear and ignorance." You know, like voting for a man that wants to stop illegals from killing and raping Americans and terrorists from murdering 50 homosexuals at a night club.
We heard out-of-touch celebrities claim to want to punch the now President-Elect. Even old, disgusting former pop stars promised to give oral sex to anyone who voted for Hillary, a promise she reneged on immediately.
Hillary was able to get people like Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, and Jay-Z and Beyonce to shill for her. Because these people are known for their insightful understanding of politics, economic issues, and national security. Plus, most of their fan bases are made up of intelligent, voting-age Americans. Oh wait, no. The opposite is true.
Come Election Night, when it became more and more clear that Donald Trump would be our next leader, celebrities on Twitter (and elsewhere) expressed their shock and outrage. I'm not sure who they were really mad at. I guess they were mad at us? You know, the people that buy their crappy albums, watch their shitty TV shows, and pay exorbitant prices to see their movies.
But the real outrage was not just that their candidate failed, but that they didn't have the pull over America they thought they had. Many of the celebrities that shilled for Hillary Clinton were millionaires, even multi-millionaires. They are treated like veritable royalty, surrounded by employees and yes men who tend to their every whim. They're not used to people not doing what they say. So when millions of Americans sent a giant F*CK YOU to D.C. and Hollywood, they had an appropriately dramatic meltdown.
It's typical that these shallow, self-involved celebrities would freak out the way that they did. They wasted our time over the last year, listening to their empty-headed words about the election. They think that most of their fans are as vapid and liberal as they are. They don't understand the crucial issues we face every day, including the moral ones that make us opposed to many of the Democratic Party's stances.
They just saw a woman running for president. Case closed.
They abused their positions of influence in our lives and utterly lost. These celebrities and entertainers thought, because we think they're funny, or sexy, and have a nice voice, that we care what they think about our country. We don't.
It seems now that the dust has settled a few notable folks are speaking some truth. Or at least that a few celebrities have come to their senses.
Actor Mark Wahlberg believes his fellow celebrities should stick to entertaining Americans and stop trying to push their politics on the country.
“A lot of celebrities did, do, and shouldn’t [talk about politics],” Wahlberg told Task & Purpose, a news and analysis outlet geared toward American service veterans...
“You know, it just goes to show you that people aren’t listening to that anyway,” the actor told the outlet. “They might buy your CD or watch your movie, but you don’t put food on their table. You don’t pay their bills.” (via Breitbart)
I wish we had seen more of this during the election, but something tells me anyone that expressed this kind of opinion before November 8 would have been ignored by the media.
Then there's Mike Rowe's take on the whole thing. As a champion for craftsmen and the working class, Rowe wasn't about to support either candidate. He was criticized for not even encouraging people to vote.
Every four years, celebrities and movie stars look earnestly into the camera and tell the country to “get out and vote.” They tell us it’s our “most important civic duty,” and they speak as if the very act of casting a ballot is more important than the outcome of the election. This strikes me as somewhat hysterical. Does anyone actually believe that Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen DeGeneres, and Ed Norton would encourage the “masses” to vote, if they believed the “masses” would elect Donald Trump? (via Facebook)
Rowe was one of the few, perhaps only, celebrities that didn't just blindly tell people to vote, or whom he was supporting. Instead, he encouraged people to study and learn about the issues facing our country and then study up on what the candidates' positions were. That kind of smart, thoughtful response goes against what many celebrities did, who don't think we're smart enough to make up our own minds.
More celebrities are echoing the common sense of people like Wahlberg, like KISS legend Gene Simmons:
“I think celebrities should basically shut their pie holes and do what they do best—act, sing, tap dance... all that kind of stuff,” Simmons told the FOX Business Network’s Charles Payne. (via Fox Business)
I don't know too many celebrities that'll do that. They love leaving their pie holes open for everyone to see.
And here's a bombshell for you, renowned liberal spokesman and entertainer Jon Stewart has some common sense words about Trump supporters. In a recent interview, he bashed liberals for calling Americans racist because they voted for Donald Trump:
And I’ll say this, I know a lot of first responders. I spent a lot of time in that community. A shitload of them voted for Trump. The same people that voted for Trump ran into burning buildings and saved whoever the fuck they could no matter what color they were, no matter what religion and they would do it again tomorrow. So, if you want to sit and tell me that those people are giving tacit approval to an exploitative system ― I say, ‘OK, and would you put your life on the line for people who aren’t like you? Because they did.’ I get mad about this stuff. (via Breitbart)
So could it be that celebrities are in fact coming to their senses? Perhaps a few of them. We can hope that people like Wahlberg and Stewart will have enough influence in our pop culture so that the rest of the talking heads will, in fact, shut their pie holes. Or at least, only open them when they have something meaningful to say.
Next election we'll see celebrities come out again- most to support whatever liberal is on the docket. But perhaps they'll be a little more sensible. Perhaps there will be fewer out there ready to embarrass themselves.
We can always hope.