Dear Hollywood Liberals and Coastal Elites

I wrote the letter just below on Jan. 4, 2017 after Hollywood released another political video making demands of congress. I wrote it because I am beyond tired of Hollywood’s rank hypocrisy and condescension. This was days before Meryl Streep’s hypocritical rant at the Golden Globes. Initially, I was content to not publish this; feeling a bit better to just have written it. But after her very public display of hypocrisy and contempt for half the country this is my feeble attempt to get their attention. It won’t change anything but you have start somewhere.

Dear Hollywood liberals and coastal elites:

We are Middle America. The ones who voted for Donald Trump. Just because you’re famous you seem to think that what you say matters – that the country listens to you.

You’re wrong.

You’re wrong.

You are wrong.

After the election your actor friends tried to persuade the republican electors to switch their votes from Donald Trump. Those efforts failed spectacularly. Hollywood’s credibility and influence is so incredibly vast that more electors defected from Hillary (5) than for Trump (2).

Your arrogance and condescension will never allow you to see why no one listens to you and why America voted for big changes. It will also never allow you to see why we – Middle America – are so fed up with Washington and Hollywood.

We are not racist, homophobic, xenophobic or misogynistic. The great people of this incredibly blessed country see through those lies and know they are none of those things. What we are is tired.

Tired of your condescension.

Tired of your contempt.

Tired of being lied to, mischaracterized and misrepresented by politicians and the lying main-stream media.

We are husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, grandparents, friends and students all trying to make a living for those we love. We have no reason to listen to you or the lying main-stream media from on high in your coastal ivory towers.

Do you live behind a fence or a wall? If you do, stop your hypocrisy against those wanting to build a wall for our country. If a wall is good enough for you and your personal security, then a wall is certainly good enough for the safety of our country.

Do you have armed security? If you do, stop your hypocrisy against trying to disarm law-abiding citizens with your gun-control schemes. If guns are good enough to protect you and your families, they’re good enough to protect the rest of us. If gun control worked, Chicago in 2016 wouldn’t have posted the highest murder rate in 20 years at a staggering 762 victims. That’s up from 2015’s high of 480 murders. Middle America doesn’t want your lectures. Want proof? See the (ahem) overwhelming success of Ms. Sloan. Ms. Who????

Do you have the option to get healthcare where ever you want? To see which doctor or specialist you want? If you do, stop your hypocrisy in trying to convince the rest of us that Obamacare is good for us. The greatest political lie ever told to the American people is “if you like your health plan you can keep it.”

You fail to understand that Middle America spends our hard-earned money buying tickets to your movies, plays, performances and concerts to set aside our problems and concerns for a time. We respect your talent as actors and performers, not as activists and political hacks and whack jobs.

Your current effort to try to intimidate congress by demanding – DEMANDING – they obstruct President-elect Trump is useless and will be as successful as your elector-switch failure.

In your message, you repeated the lie over and over that Hillary won the majority. For the record, Hillary did not,

Did not,

Did not,

win a majority. Any 4th grade math student knows better that the 48% of the popular vote that Hillary did win is not,

Is not,

Is not,

A majority. What she won is a plurality. A majority of the vote is 51%. You can’t bring yourselves to accept even that simple truth. You can say she won more votes. You can say she won the most votes. But you can’t say she won a majority of the votes.

Deep down you know as well as the rest of us the popular vote doesn’t matter. But it’s the only thing you have to take comfort in after the democrats rightfully got their teeth kicked in on election day. It doesn’t decide our elections.

Here’s a junior high civics lesson for all you Hollywood types that like to think you are smarter than the rest of us: the electoral college decides elections. That is why our candidates campaigned not in California or New York but in places like Iowa and North Carolina and Florida and Pennsylvania and Michigan and Ohio and Wisconsin. Well, Trump campaigned in Wisconsin. Did Hillary campaign in Wisconsin??? Have you bothered to ask her why SHE made that horrible lapse in judgement to not set foot in that all-important state during the campaign?

That’s what happens when you take not just one state for granted but most of the country…you lose it. California is yours. Stay there. You can have it. You, the liberal elite along with the lying main-stream media need to start asking yourselves those types of very hard questions. Until you do, you will remain lost, impotent and incompetent.

So we ask you, stick with what you do best…make movies, dance, sing, perform. In essence, keep playing make believe. That’s what actors do best. But keep your lectures and condescension to yourselves. You are merely entertainers. You are certainly no smarter, no wiser, no more experienced or educated than the wide swaths of the country you disdain but has managed to provide an excellent living for you.

It is time for you to move on and accept that Trump will be the 45th President of the United States. The old rules no longer apply.

America has spoken.

Stop demanding. Start listening.

#therealresistance
#MiddleAmerica

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When do you give your notice?

Are you interviewing?  Are you anticipating an offer?  The time it takes to receive an offer letter after a series of interviews can seem like an eternity.  And the anticipation can be excruciating.

Your potential future manager may have told you “I want you” or “We’ll get an offer to you” or some other significant buying sign.  That’s great.  But be sure not to jump the gun.  Now is not the time to be so anxious you potentially derail the prospect.  Continue to manage your job search process to the end.

Understand there is still a process to complete.  That process can take time.  Offers can take a few days to go through the approval process.  At some point you will need to go through a drug and background check.  Do not be so anxious that you rush to give notice to your current employer at least until you have a written offer from your new company.  I have seen it several times through the years that a candidate is told an offer’s coming and then immediately give their notice only to learn later there will be no offer coming.  Now they have no job or are forced to ask for their old job back. That is a situation no one wants to be in.

The business climate within a company can change quickly.  What if your offer isn’t ultimately approved?  What if their situation changes and they lose the spot?  What if an internal candidate applies at the last minute?

Until you have an offer in your hand I strongly suggest you refrain from giving your notice.  Many people choose to not give their notice until their background checks are completed.  One decision you get to make through the entire job-search process is when you give your notice.  As freeing, gratifying or significant as it may be, don’t be too quick to do it and lose an opportunity.

Thought for the day: Day 60

“Are your thoughts worthy of you?”

Thought for the day: Day 59

“Defy mediocrity.”

Thought for the day: Day 58

“Be somebody; never back down, never give in.  When it comes to the rules you live your life by be unreasonable.”

Thought for the day: Day 57

“When the voice and the vision on the inside become more profound and clear than the opinions on the outside, then you have mastered your life.”

Thought for the day: Day 56

This one is extremely powerful  Are you ready to accept this fact?  It cuts through all the excuses.

“Take your life in your own hands and what happens?  No one to blame.”