There’s A Sucker Born Every Minute
Trump supporters who have carelessly catapulted a charlatan into the White House serve only to prove P.T. Barnum’s famous line “There’s a sucker born every minute.”
The brash NY businessman/reality star follows in the fantastical footsteps of PT Barnum that other great American showman who established himself as the worlds premiere purveyor of spectacle and hucksterism.
Trump supporters voted for a huckster. They got conned. We got screwed
Turn Back The Clock
The great fabricator, Trump promised the past as the future to the white working-class who felt left behind by a changing economy and changing society. His fear-based supporters were frustrated. Angry. Their familiar American way has shattered into a bewildering array of lifestyles and felt their white patriarchal ways are under attack.
They bemoaned a fading America.
He promised to take them back to that mythical time when America was great when minorities were marginalized and women objectified. A happy carefree white America where neighbors could wish each other Merry Xmas with abandon and immigrants hadn’t come to your town yet.
And they thought they’d get their reward.
They were conned. They are about to be betrayed.
Promising to drain the swamp, he is forming a government of and by and for the very elites he campaigned against. His choice of pro-corporate and anti-labor figures for key positions in his cabinet only goes to show making America great again means making white prosperity again.
While they were dreaming of how they’d have an advocate in the Oval Office he was dreaming of making himself richer.
They got played. Manufacturing jobs are not coming back…they were lost to technology and are gone for good. The dismantling of Obamacare, Social Security, and Medicare privatization, make his supporters the biggest losers.
Though fingers are often pointed at coastal elites for living in a bubble, it turns out it is the “Real Americans” those who live in flyover states who supported Trump who have been living in a bubble of their own.
A bubble that ignored the lessons of history and common sense. The bubble that kept out all doubts about temperament, honesty and qualifications.
Seduced and sadly soon to be betrayed, the white working-class are suckers. And they are about to get sucker punched.
“There’s A Sucker Born Every Minute” will be on view at
The Art Center Highland Park
1957 Sheridan Rd, Highland Park, IL 60035
Opening: March 3, 2017
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