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Mini Mike made us all farmers

9 days after we the people elected Donald John Trump as our president, Mini Mike started his 2020 campaign with a speech at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School. He told the audience, “I could teach anybody — even people in this room, no offense intended — to be a farmer.”

This week, the video surfaced. Vice President Mike Pence (and many others) tweeted the Dodge Super Bowl commercial of the late Paul Harvey reciting, "So, God Made a Farmer."

It is a poetic and poignant essay filled with nuances we cityfolk had not considered.

It ends, "God said, 'I need somebody strong enough to clear trees, heave bales and yet gentle enough to tame lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink combed pullets…and who will stop his mower for an hour to mend the broken leg of a meadow lark.' So, God made a farmer!

"It had to be somebody who’d plow deep and straight…and not cut corners. Somebody to seed and weed, feed and breed…and rake and disc and plow and plant and tie the fleece and strain the milk. Somebody to replenish the self feeder and then finish a hard day’s work with a five mile drive to church. Somebody who’d bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who’d laugh and then sigh…and then respond with smiling eyes, when his son says he wants to spend his life 'doing what dad does.'

"So, God made a farmer!"

So Sean Davis made a spoof, "So God Made A Bloomberg."

He ended his piece, "God said, 'I need somebody with no charm, no charisma, and no compelling reason to ever serve in government to nonetheless buy his way onto the ballot, then buy his way into the mayor’s office, then buy off the city council to eliminate the two-term limit on mayoral service. And then I need him to spend nine figures buying his way into the Democrat primary, because there would be nothing more hilarious than watching a broken down old socialist get robbed, again, by yet another New York crony who is the life-size poster child for everything that’s wrong with modern capitalism.'

"So God made a Bloomberg."

Right on.

Just as Hillary made every West Virginian a coal miner in 2016, Mini Mike has made every American a farmer in 2020. By sneering at people who work hard and are struggling, he made the same mistake she did.

Putting his words in context made the quote worse.

Via Snopes, a student asked him, "Mr. Bloomberg, Trump got in on a great sense of inequality, not just in the United States but across the world. There’s been a divide, and there’s an increasing divide, between the haves and the have-nots. What do you think business leaders — what’s their responsibility to addressing that divide and uniting, perhaps, the central America and the coasts?"

He gave a long response (1,538 words) that never answered the question. In the middle of it, Bloomberg said, "I could teach anybody — even people in this room, no offense intended — to be a farmer.

"It’s a [process]. You dig a hole, you put a seed in, you put dirt on top, add water, up comes the corn. You could learn that. Then you have 300 years of the industrial society. You put the piece of metal on the lathe, you turn the crank in the direction of the arrow and you can have a job. And we created a lot of jobs. [At] one point, 98% of the world worked in agriculture, today it’s 2% in the United States.

"Now comes the information economy. And the information economy is fundamentally different because it’s built around replacing people with technology, and the skill sets that you have to learn are how to think and analyze. And that is a whole degree level different. You have to have a different skill set, you have to have a lot more gray matter."

Bloomberg understands farming about as well as Hillary understands coal mining. I know they could not withstand the backbreaking labor required, but I doubt either one of them could handle the intellectual side of farming or mining.

Mini Mike and Hillary act as if they are smarter. Losing your farm to bungled federal policy? Why just learn to code. Mine shutting down because of EPA? Why just learn to code. Tell a laid off journalist that, and Twitter will banish you for a week.

If you add up all the miners and the farmers in America, you come up with less than 3 million people. But support for them goes well beyond their numbers. We identify with them.

Now I don't know a single coal miner, and the coal mines in Putnam County closed decades ago. The state has only 16,000 actual coal miners, but West Virginians understand their plight. The state seal of West Virginia features both a miner and a farmer.

Salena Zito went to Wisconsin to talk to dairy farmers. Again, that is a small sliver of Wisconsin's electorate, but the state identifies not just with farmers but with dairy farmers. The people of Wisconsin call themselves cheeseheads.

Donna Leum told Zito, "People who don’t know farmers or live near or in a farm community have little idea of why we feel so connected to our place.

"But they do seem to have strong opinions about who we are, and when they find out we supported Trump, they look at us as that dumb farmer who doesn’t know any better.

"Well those dumb farmers, they’re an electrician. They’re a plumber. They are mechanics, scientists, conservationists. They take care of the crops that fill their cupboards, (who) love and care for the animals who provide dairy and meat for their feasts. They are also vets and engineers.

"I mean, we have all these skills because you cannot keep calling repair people, so you do it yourself. So actually, I think we are pretty darn smart."

Of course they are smart. And self-reliant.

Once 98% of the people farmed. Only 2% do now. They are the best of that 98% because they figured out how to produce more and better crops.

Just as the miners figured out how to produce more coal with one-sixth the men working. And from smaller, harder to reach seams of coal.

I am not sure if President Trump fully understands mining or farming, but I do know he appreciates their hard work. His children do too.

Donald Trump Jr. said in 2016, "We didn’t learn from MBAs. We learned from people who had doctorates in common sense….It’s why we’re the only children of billionaires as comfortable in a D-10 Caterpillar as we are in our own cars."

Now you know the REST of the story.

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