posted on Dec, 27 2016 @ 09:22 AM
The dispute was not personal. It was, of all things,
editorial. Mr. Mullin’s red newspaper in a red county in what is arguably the reddest of states went blue this campaign season and endorsed Hillary
Clinton for president. The editorial board, in a gray-shaded column on Page A4 on Oct. 9, wrote that Donald J. Trump lacked “the skills, experience
or temperament to hold office.” The headline and subhead read: “For U.S. president: Hillary Clinton is our choice for commander in chief.” It
was the first Democratic endorsement for president in the modern history of the newspaper, which was founded in 1893. As the man’s reaction at the
steakhouse suggested, Enid was stunned, and this slow-paced agricultural town of 52,000 near the Kansas state line has not been the same
First off, I think violence over political choices is about the stupidest thing to do. Hurting another person shouldn't happen at all, and over
something so trivial as an opinion is idiotic. (IMHO)
However, when you are in business, and you decide to involve your political ideal with your business, you are of the mentality I spoke of earlier.
There are but two subjects that can segregate a crowd with as much expedience as speaking of politics or religion. We all have the right to speak of
our thoughts when out "in the world", but those who have lived a good bit and seen the ramifications for doing such, seem to be a bit smarter about
such things. Here on ATS is a different story.
In the case of the OP, this small newspaper took a political stance that a majority of their readers opposed. Sure they may have felt the moral high
ground was beneath them, or they just knew better than the uneducated plebes, but they committed monetary suicide. Newspapers are already loosing to
the internet, why would you alienate your entire business unless you didn't need money anymore? It's a dumb thing to do.
I have seem some older, very wise people ask "did the election turn out like you wanted?" and no matter the answer, they smiled, and nodded, but
declined to offer a comment of their own. Knowledge is knowing what to say, Wisdom is knowing when
to say it. (and when not to)