Michael Reagan: Anger in America - and nowhere to hide from it

Published on Saturday, 14 October 2017 19:26
Written by Michael Reagan

Columnist

You can’t go to a bar or a play. You can’t go out to eat with friends. You can’t even go to a big family dinner without getting into an angry political argument.

Everyone has a strong opinion about Trump, Hillary, Rocket Man, healthcare, Confederate statues, the minimum wage - everything. And their opinion is always right and everyone else’s is always wrong.

There’s hardly a place left where you can get away from politics and find a little fun and solace. I can’t even relax in front of the TV anymore. I can’t watch the news, sports, the morning shows or the late-night talk shows. Or the Academy Awards, the Emmys or “Saturday Night Live.”

No matter where I click, there’s no escape from liberal politics and the media’s nonstop drumbeat of Trump Hate.

Even TV weather reports have become polluted. I think every hurricane, thunderstorm, wild fire, drought, flood, snowstorm, heat wave or heavy dew that has negatively affected North America since June has been blamed on humans, their cars or Donald Trump’s energy policies.

What’s the next place on TV to be ruined by liberals and their politics, the shopping channels? Will HSN soon start hawking “Trump the Chump” and “Amerika Sucks” T-shirts?

Or will it be the game shows? Will “The Price Is Right” be renamed “The Price Is Unfair”? Will America have to watch “Wheel of White Oppression”?

Will Alex Trebek come out and take a knee to protest how President Trump’s strict immigration policy hurts Canadians? How long before we’ll be hearing “Jeopardy!” contestants say, “I’ll try ‘Russian Collusion’ for two-thousand, Alex”?

It’s gotten so bad I’m afraid to ask Alexa or Siri a question. I’m afraid one of them will tell me to go to Hell or say, “What do you want now, you stinking Republican?”

It’s always been tough for a conservative Republican to read, watch or listen to the mainstream media without becoming incensed by their dominant liberal bias. But at least not so long ago you could still stay up late and watch Steve Allen, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno or Merv Griffith and fall asleep with a smile on your face.

Allen, Carson, Leno and Griffith had their personal politics. They had their favorite presidential candidates and made plenty of Nixon, Reagan and Bush jokes. But did Carson or Leno vote for my father? For Jimmy Carter? Bill Clinton? Did they support welfare reform? I can guess, but I don’t know for sure.

Even David Letterman’s politics - up until the end of his reign when he went over the liberal cliff - was a mystery or nonexistent.

Unlike our current trio of liberal preachers - Colbert, Kimmel and Myers - the late-night talk show stars of yesteryear didn’t misuse their powerful platforms to ridicule the president every night and slobber all over his critics and enemies.

People wonder why Americans today seem so angry at each other all the time. One reason is because the people like Kimmel and Colbert who are supposed to make us laugh are too busy pushing their hateful politics down our throats to do their job.

Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. Visit his websites at www.reagan.com and www.michaelereagan.com . Send comments to Reagan@caglecartoons.com. Follow @reaganworld on Twitter.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Columns on Saturday, 14 October 2017 19:26. Updated: Saturday, 14 October 2017 19:28.