Standing for Last Man Standing

This ain’t Walt Disney’s company any more. It really hasn’t been for some time. I don’t think that is news to anyone who has been paying attention. The recent examples of Disney CEO Bob Iger choosing to put political correctness and possibly his own political aspirations ahead of the interests of maximizing stockholders’ value and carrying forward the legacy of Walt Disney prompted me to compose this post.

Walt Disney

I have tremendous respect and admiration Walt Disney and all he accomplished and created for the company that now bears his name. His influence on entertainment and technology in the 20th century and beyond is second to none. That has not changed. I do believe he would have steered the company in a different direction than it has been headed the last several years. That is pure speculation on my part but it is based on a pretty good understanding of who Walt Disney was and the values he wanted his company to promote.

I remember…

I remember a time when parents could turn the TV to The Disney Channel and trust they would get wholesome family entertainment for their children to watch. That is no longer the case.

I remember a time when you could go to Walt Disney World and expect to have a family experience without alcohol and the issues that often arise where this is served. That is no longer the case.

I remember a time when you could take your family to a Disney movie based on a classic fairy tale with confidence it would be wholesome family entertainment with a moral lesson or two, good would defeat evil and the ending would be “happily ever after”. That is no longer the case either.

I think I remember when ESPN covered sporting events and the commentary was related to the sporting event and its participants, not that particular announcer’s political or social agenda. That has not been the case for some time and was part of reason for the recent ESPN layoffs.

Nostalgic

I admit it. I am nostalgic for those earlier times and am sad they will never return. I am one of those people who could spend the entire day on Main Street USA in Walt Disney World and consider that a wonderful day. There is a lot of truth in this Walt Disney quote.

“That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up. They forget. They don’t remember what it’s like to be twelve years old.” ~ Walt Disney

Maybe a lot of people do actually believe this quote but misunderstand its meaning. He didn’t mean people should act like a 12-year-old. There are a lot of people doing that. He meant if more people lived with the wonder, curiosity, innocence and sense of fun of a 12-year-old the world would be a better place.

Meanwhile back to the reason for this post

In case you missed it ABC recently announced the cancellation of its 3rd highest rated show after it had received its highest ratings ever in the most recent season. That show was one of my favorites I looked forward to watching every week and it is called Last Man Standing.

As a…

As a Disney stockholder, I am angry because ABC cancelled their 3rd highest rated show without even entering into negotiations with Fox. This was not a good business decision for Disney or its stockholders. Shows with high ratings bring in high advertising revenue. That is good for business.

to cancel the show as it obviously does not line up with the corporate liberal philosophy of Disney and its subsidiaries. When giving the show a less than desirable time slot on Friday night, which it proceeded to dominate, didn’t work they had to do something.

As a Christian, father and conservative I am sad characters like Mike Baxter can no longer be portrayed positively in today’s entertainment world and especially on a Walt Disney Company network. Mike Baxter is a successful businessman, a husband, a Christian, a father with a sense of humor and also a conservative. Not all family members share his conservative beliefs. Yet, they work through their differences and all get along and support each other as families should do, despite their differences.

That says a lot about ABC and the society we live in today.

What if this was still Walt and Roy’s company? What would they do?

I believe Walt would have looked at the traditional family being portrayed and the fact it was entertainment the entire family could watch, laugh with, learn from and even cry with from time to time. That IS the Walt Disney entertainment brand legacy. The decision would have been a no-brainer for him. Politics would not have been a consideration at all and he only considered the financial details after the entertainment criteria was met. Then he would have told Roy to make the finances work. Unlike many of their other ventures, this one would have also been a no-brainer for Roy. ‘It’s our 3rd highest rated show on the network.’ He would have probably done his due diligence to see if terms could be improved and then he would have gladly given it his approval and stamped it RENEWED.

Sorry, just my nostalgia kicking in again. Now back to today.

Petition to save Last Man Standing

There is a petition at Change.org to Save Tim Allen’s Show “Last Man Standing” with almost 350,000 signatures when I last checked so I know I am not the only one who feels the same way about the cancellation of this show. I really don’t expect ABC to bring this show back but am hopeful some other network might. It would have to be done soon because I expect the actors are now all looking for new work or getting an opportunity to do something they have had on hold due to working on the series. They are all professionals and will all be fine. I will be fine too. It is a TV show after all. I just wanted to share my thoughts on the illogical business decision and true motivation behind this cancellation.

We all have choices

As a consumer, I realize a 55-year-old white male is probably not the primary target market for the sponsors of this show but this is one viewer from that demographic who is seeing fewer and fewer of any ads on Disney, ABC and ESPN networks. The Walt Disney Company and its advertisers have choices and so do I. I am sure my one consumer vote is not a concern of Disney or its sponsors.  It is obvious, however, based on over 350,000 people, so far, taking the time to sign an online petition I am not the only one who feels this way. Maybe our collective stand for Last Man Standing will be noticed.

Until next time…

Originally posted on Peculiar Perspective on 5/19/2017

Worst Year Ever?

Do you think there is something you can specifically do in the next week that will make your personal life, your family life and your business life all worse?

Do you think there is something you can specifically do in the next week that will make your personal life, your family life and your business life all better?

Do you believe that the choice is yours?

Do you believe that every choice has an end result?

Do you believe making the right choice is your responsibility?

If you answered these questions honestly you likely answered them affirmatively. Using that as my assumption, here is what you just said, Continue reading Worst Year Ever?

Shaken, but standing firm


“In 2007, after winning the Heisman, I was told I was the best in the world. And then, three years later, I was told I couldn’t throw. ” Tim Tebow in Shakentebow-social-612x612-4

I am sure you have heard of Tebowing and seen photos of the ‘John 3;16’ written in eye black in the NCAA National Championship game in January 2009 to draw attention to this verse of scripture. This worked pretty well as over 94 million people Googled this verse during that game. What happened exactly 3 years later in a playoff game between Denver and Pittsburgh is a part of this story you probably have not heard. It is pretty amazing too. Continue reading Shaken, but standing firm

Between Heaven & Hollywood – A Review

img_20161024_031259244I was fortunate to be part of the Launch Team for Between Heaven & Hollywood by David A.R. White in exchange for my honest review and sharing it with others. My honest review is what follows.

You can still get the Dreamers Package download FREE if you order today and email a copy of your receipt to preorder@davidarwhite.com. You can see more details at book.davidarwhite.com. Continue reading Between Heaven & Hollywood – A Review

Time for choosing…again

On November 8th the United States of America will once again choose its next President. Some have made this decision more complex than it really needs to be. I cannot and will not try to tell anyone who to vote for. I wouldn’t expect you to listen or keep reading if I did. I can, however, share some of my thoughts on the election and try to simplify the choice we will be making on Election Day.

Since I published this post I have read and seen a few more articles from others that shared the same theme but expressed it much better or more detailed than I did so I have included links to those at the end of this post. Continue reading Time for choosing…again

Ominous Clouds

350px-boll_weevil_monumentIt is heating up in Enterprise

After all it is July in South Alabama. However the weather is not the only thing heating up. Election season is in full swing and is heating up as well. I suspect the bullying and intimidation I wrote about in The Silenced Majority has only intensified as the prospect that some are losing their grip on the reins of Enterprise has become a real possibility.

Ominous Clouds

Those ominous clouds of intimidation that have existed in Enterprise for years can be rolled away if the people of Enterprise are ready to make that happen. Continue reading Ominous Clouds

3 Simple Truths From My Peculiar Perspective

#1 – If you do anything, someone will criticize it.

#2 – If you say anything, someone will be offended.

The sooner you realize those are THEIR issues not YOURS and move on the better off you will be. Continue reading 3 Simple Truths From My Peculiar Perspective

One More Thunderstorm

IMG_20140613_114334Golden Retrievers are often frightened by thunder and other loud noises such as fireworks and gunshots they don’t understand. If you’ve ever owned such a dog you are probably aware of this.

We recently had to say goodbye to Dixie, the Golden Retriever that entered our lives as our 25th Wedding Anniversary gift to us almost 7 years ago. Continue reading One More Thunderstorm

Doubts

Do you ever have any doubts? If you are being honest with yourself I doubt the answer to that question is no. We all have doubts but those doubts are as varied as our own unique personalities. We all face our own doubts in one way or another. We all either let our doubts affect us negatively or work through them and usually emerge stronger on the other side of our doubts. Continue reading Doubts

Integrity Matters

Integrity is defined as the quality of being honest and fair. Synonyms include character, decency, goodness, honesty and morality. A further discussion of integrity by Webster’s says integrity implies trustworthiness and incorruptibility to a degree that one is incapable of being false to a trust, responsibility, or pledge.

One who has integrity is also honest and trustworthy.

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Once Essential

Integrity is what I look for in the person I would want as President. I may be a radical and old-fashioned but integrity is the starting point for any candidate in my evaluation. At one time this was a characteristic most Americans considered desirable and even essential for the person chosen to lead the country as President.

Sadly, in 2016, this is no longer the case. The leaders in the polls for both major political parties are also the least honest and trustworthy of all the candidates. To me that is sad and that just doesn’t make any sense, common or otherwise to me. A majority believe the front runners are the least honest or trustworthy and yet, they are still the front runners.

If America elects a President the majority of people consider dishonest and untrustworthy how can they trust any of the promises they are making in their campaign speeches, debates and policy papers?

Who is most trustworthy?

The candidate who consistently ranks highest in the honest and trustworthy category is Dr. Ben Carson. This makes perfect sense to me. Consider his career prior to retirement and being drafted into this presidential election. Think about it. He is a retired neurosurgeon who has been trusted by thousands of patients over many years. That kind of track record can reasonably predict his future actions will follow the same pattern.

Do you trust your doctor?

The doctor patient relationship is one of the most private, guarded and trusted relationships most people have outside of their spouse and family. Thousands of patients and their families have trusted Dr. Carson over his career to be honest with them about the diagnosis and possible solutions and expected outcomes of brain surgery. It takes a considerable amount of trust when your child’s life hangs in the balance.

That trust is a large part of why Dr. Carson is the most trusted candidate in the Presidential race this year and probably one of the most trusted ever.

Integrity does matter

Think about how that career and trust can be applied to the problems facing America. Dr. Carson would assemble the teams necessary to analyze and diagnose the root cause of the issues. Solutions would then be developed to solve the problems. He would then be honest with America, just as he was with his patients, providing the diagnosis of the problem and the plan to solve the problem. Making wise decisions and being honest with the American people are two traits any successful President of the United States of America must possess.

Accomplishments Unmatched

Dr. Ben Carson’s accomplishments are unmatched.

  • He has received 67 honorary degrees.
  • He received America’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • CNN and Time reported he was one of America’s top 20 scientists
  • The Library of Congress named him one of 89 “Living Legends.”

Yet, even with all these awards and honors he has maintained his humility. Don’t mistake humility and his calm measured demeanor as weakness. Have you ever thought about the resolve and nerves and inner strength required to be on your feet for hours performing intricate surgeries in which the slightest mistake or twitch could be fatal? If not think about it now. He has repeated this thousands of times during his career.

This article I recently read describes Dr. Carson’s strength very well.

When being calm displays all of the power you need

A Unique Opportunity for America

I still hope the American people will recognize this unique opportunity before it is too late. Dr. Ben Carson is a man whose

  • Life story is inspiring
  • Life accomplishments are unmatched
  • Character and integrity are exemplary
  • Critical life and death decision making experience is second to none (See Experience Matters for more on this)
  • And is willing to serve America at a time when America needs a leader who can change the direction of the country and unite Americans once again.

How confident are you?

How confident are you that your candidate, if you have one, will actually follow through with their campaign promises? If you are basing your confidence on anything other than historical evidence you will be disappointed after the election.

Consider Dr. Carson’s experience during his career analyzing cases, determining best options, communicating this to the patient and family,  leading the teams essential for a successful surgery, and only then performing his role as surgeon. In other words, he has done what he said he would over and over again.

Take a look at Dr. Ben Carson’s position on issues facing America here – Ben Carson on the Issues . In addition to his issue positions consider the integrity, honesty and trustworthiness of this man before you make your final decision on who to support for President in 2016.

and hope you will too. He is not looking for endorsements from politicians, political parties, lobbyists, special interest groups or news media. His closing statement at the first GOP Debate shows it is the endorsement and support from We The People he is seeking.

“In the 2 hours of this debate, 5 people have died from drug-related deaths, $100,000,000 has been added to our national debt, 200 babies have been killed by abortionists, and 2 veterans have taken their lives out of despair. This is a narrative that we can change – Not we the Democrats, not we the Republicans, but We The People of America because there is something special about this nation and we must embrace it and be proud of it and never give it away for the sake of political correctness.”

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I invite you to join We The People and be part of the solution to help change this narrative by endorsing Dr. Ben Carson for President in 2016.

Until next time…

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