The Cancellation Of Last Man Standing: Screw You, Middle-America!

I’ve seen every episode of Last Man Standing. Some multiple times. It is one of the few sitcoms that my wife and I can watch without feeling that our values are being assaulted. I’ve recommended it to several family members and friends. It’s fair to say that I’m a fan.

I was among the shocked when the ABC heads decided to not renew the show. Although it had good ratings for a Friday, a loyal fan base, and a talented cast and crew, the bean counters at ABC questioned the value of renewing the show. Since none of the network heads watched the show, because the pro-traditional-family and pro-christian viewpoints didn’t connect with them, no one at the network pushed to get it renewed.

Modern Family, which ideologically connects with the ABC big wigs, was renewed, even though that show has lost a higher percentage of its audience than Last Man Standing. Lots of people like Modern Family, I understand that, and I am not calling for its cancelation. But a lot of people like Last Man Standing too. Middle-america was not defended or represented at the ABC meeting which resulted in the cancellation of Last Man Standing.

It’s Not A Conservative Show

When ABC made the announcement, many people referred to Last Man Standing as a conservative show. When it began six years ago, I didn’t think of the show in political terms. I always recognized the show as depicting traditional family values, but I never saw it as right-leaning. If I were to watch with political glasses, I would say it is balanced.

There is Tim Allen’s character, Mike Baxter, a right-leaning successful businessman who has three daughters, one of which usually sides with Mike politically and socially. He has a neighbor who is a democrat and, in the world of the show, likely voted for Obama and later Hillary. Mike’s wife, his other two daughters, and his co-workers, are all down the middle, with differing views on different issues. Then there is Mike’s son-in-law, Ryan, a left-leaning socialist progressive from Canada. Ryan gets just as many swipes at the right as Mike does at the left. And both sides are funny. Truly funny. Even when it is at the expense of my ideologies.

It is an ideologically balanced show, yet so many of its fans and critics refer to it as right-leaning. True, the main character is right-leaning in most instances, but as mentioned, there are plenty of other characters to even it out. Furthermore, Mike listens to Ryan, and respects him for not being afraid to stand up for his viewpoints.

The wasteland of television is so slanted, when there is a balanced show, it’s called right-wing conservative pro-Trump.

Modern Family, which I contend is rarely funny anymore, is slanted, and has become far too preachy and amoral. And Phil, one of the dad’s in the show, is an absolute dope, not-funny, and a horrible example for the young males who watch the show. More on that point in an upcoming post. When Last Man Standing and Modern Family are ideologically compared, the former leans to the right, but that is just because the latter is so slanted to the left.

ABC is bringing back Rosanne Bar, who in 2011 called for the beheading of bankers. I somehow don’t think that show will be ideologically balanced.

Middle-America On TV

If TV networks, both on the entertainment side and news side, want to know why viewership is down and why they are criticized and distrusted by many, it is because middle-america is not represented in board meetings, it is not accurately depicted, and it is rarely championed. In fact, I would say, middle-america is too often mocked on main-stream TV.

What’s wrong with putting on a TV show that promotes and depicts differing ideologies? Why ignore and fail to serve certain demographics? There’s money to be made after all. There are plenty of people who find Modern Family to be funny. But there are plenty of people who don’t, and have grown fatigued with the pro-homosexual agenda that hollywood continues to spew out. Why not produce and air something that appeals to those folks? And for the record, despite how it is reported on the news and depicted in fictional TV shows, middle-america is not anti-gay nor are we homophobes, we are simply not pro-homosexuality and we are not looking for pro-homosexual content on TV.

As mentioned, I initially didn’t view Last Man standing through a political spectrum. I started watching it when the first episode aired because I like Tim Allen. I continued watching it because it made me laugh. I have stayed loyal to the show because my values were not overly mocked or assaulted. I cannot say the same about Modern Family.

I know several people who watched Last Man Standing because their idealogical viewpoints are fairly represented in the show. No matter what ultimately led to ABC’s decision to cancel it, from the perspective of middle-america with pro-traditional-family values, ABC said, “screw you and your christian traditional values! We don’t want you! We want the fascistic socialist Rosanne Barr!”

For us in middle-america, when our values are ridiculed or assaulted on TV, we rarely protest. We shrug our shoulders, turn the channel, pop in a DVD of our choosing, or we get up and go mow the lawn. If we don’t like something, we simply don’t watch it. However, we are growing fatigued of our principles constantly being poked, and it makes us not trust the media. We are liberty minded, and we have a worry of the size of the federal government and its overreach, and we are tired of liberty minded people being depicted as domestic terrorists as in ABCs’ Designated survivor.

We know that a person with a penis is a man, and a person with a vagina is a woman. It is XX and XY, and yet, we are called science deniers because we merely question the incestuously peer-reviewed research papers that say the earth is going to boil, or freeze (depending on the specific report), within the next 15 years if we keep driving our rural vehicles. We are responsible gun owners who find it insulting that we are depicted as paranoid vigilantes who don’t care about the safety of children. It appears to us that the people in California and New York are the only people the TV networks care about.

We are growing tired of it all, and that is why so many of us voted for Donald Trump and why so many of us don’t watch the content most networks produce.

I Voted Third-Party And I Didn’t Waste My Vote, Please Don’t Disrespect It

I voted for Evan McMullin, and I didn’t throw my vote away.

Before you go off on me, please read onward. Most of your arguments will be discussed below. This is not written in the spirit of vindictiveness. If you are voting FOR Trump or FOR Hillary based on their principles and character, I respect you. I don’t necessarily understand how you Continue reading “I Voted Third-Party And I Didn’t Waste My Vote, Please Don’t Disrespect It”

Who Is Standing Up For The Idea Of America, For The Constitution?

we-the-peopleMy family and I watched the spectacle of the presidential debate last night. It was horrifying. I went in not rooting for either of the clowns, having decided months ago that I cannot vote for either Clinton or Trump. I had no intention of watching the debate, until one of my kids asked about it and said they wanted to see it.

My kids stay abreast of current issues and news. Not merely as much as a Continue reading “Who Is Standing Up For The Idea Of America, For The Constitution?”

Cruz Is Not Breaking The Rules, He’s Doing What A Beloved 19th Century President Did

ted cruzThis post was not written to irritate Trumpsters, it’s to educate them. If you are a supporter of Donald, please take off your blinders and continue reading.

Mr Trump has continually and repeatedly claimed that Ted Cruz has cheated, is cheating, breaking the rules, in order to steal Trump’s delegates, which Trump won fair and square. Trump has also railed against the GOP.

Cruz is Continue reading “Cruz Is Not Breaking The Rules, He’s Doing What A Beloved 19th Century President Did”

The Rarely Told Story From The Battle of Lexington: The Shot Heard Round The World

jonas clarkAbridging history makes it easier for public educators to teach the subject, but the abridgment can also be a molester of truth. A victim of historical abridgment is the role of pastors and providence in U.S. independence and The Revolution.

On the anniversary of The Battle of Lexington (April 19, 1775), I want to share remarkable elements of a story that are absent from most history books used in educational settings. I also want to Continue reading “The Rarely Told Story From The Battle of Lexington: The Shot Heard Round The World”

Donald Trump’s Despotism And Vindictiveness: Hallmarks Of Tyranny, Not Christianity

trump-shoutingDonald Trump has a history. It’s dark, detailed, recent, and known — well, known to those who are not blinded by his inane blabber that for some reason passes as entertainment for low-information voters. His sycophants like Hannity, O’Reilly, Matt Drudge, and those at Breitbart ignore Trump’s history, justify it, and lie about it. Those that question Trump’s past and his present motives are skewered by Donald’s fan base without receiving rational explanation.

Beyond that, Donald in the present is saying and doing things of a despot. He claims to be a christian, but his Continue reading “Donald Trump’s Despotism And Vindictiveness: Hallmarks Of Tyranny, Not Christianity”

Apathetic Citizens Deserve To Lose Their Freedoms and Liberty

I absolutely believe what I wrote in the title of this article: apathetic citizens deserve to lose their freedoms. That’s right, I’m talking to you. Those of you who don’t know what is going on with your government, or to those of you who don’t care.

I don’t think they should lose their freedoms just because Continue reading “Apathetic Citizens Deserve To Lose Their Freedoms and Liberty”

The U.S. Is Exceptional — Let’s Keep It Exceptional

On the anniversary of September 12, 2001, the day that every American woke up, feeling united, I felt the need to write this essay to point out American exceptionalism. I’m not going to be shy about it or deny it like President Obama has done — the U.S. is, without question, exceptional. Continue reading “The U.S. Is Exceptional — Let’s Keep It Exceptional”

Failure of Imagination: Remembering Apollo One

Apollo One SealThere are very few subjects in life that deeply interest me. History is one of those subjects, and the exploration of space is yet another. Naturally, the history of space exploration goes beyond intriguing me — I devour the subject every chance I get.

Only two of my four children are old enough to grasp and understand stories of space exploration. They know the stories of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions. I love telling them the stories of my heroes and how the U.S. was the first to put a man on the moon.

As I have told my children the stories of those fearless men, they Continue reading “Failure of Imagination: Remembering Apollo One”