America is full of opinions and our not always perfect in practice but always exquisite in concept, framework of democracy and its accompanying elections.
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America is full of opinions. And that is perfectly okay, in fact, it is almost perfect that those of us known world wide for our loud and gregarious opinions are also known for the not always perfect in practice, but always exquisite in concept framework of democracy and the accompanying elections.
Whether we cast our votes with paper or buttons or in town halls or precinct garages in America the most difficult encumbrance to making our voice heard is weather and our own apathy. We are fatigued by advertising campaigns and beleaguered by the endless mailings and phone calls vying for our votes and tugging at our emotions with carefully parsed talking points that are high on rhetoric and low on facts. But there are no land mines; no armed bands of government soldiers or vigilantes; there are no threats of death or punishment and despite the furor and frothing of the mouth of many a pundit and candidate during the campaign season there is no threat of chaos when the votes are counted.There is a requirement to collect campaign signs and the hangover of a long mid-term campaign season that will end swiftly as the next Presidential campaign kicks into high gear. In all honesty, like pretty much everything else in America, the path to voting is an easy one and generations upon generations have spent their time, blood and lives ensuring that it remains an easy one.
So are you voting today? You have opinions. You have a choice. You have the right. But do you have what it takes to push a button; pick up a pen? Do you have what it takes to make a choice? Do you have what it takes to be American with all those opinions? Do you have what it takes to speak your mind with your loudest voice?
Spending the bulk of the week in Dallas, Texas with a whole passel of Dairy Farmers…EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. of them an Agvocate, even if they don’t know it and thought this was a timely re-post. Who did you talk to today about the food you put on their table?
One of the best things about being a farmer is being able to make your way of life the way you make your living, and usually that means being able to call home your workplace. That’s also one of the downsides to being a farmer: when you don’t get off the farm much you don’t really get to talk with folks…you know, the folks that don’t trip over semen tanks, keep tow chains and bags of seed corn in their trucks, or treat sunrise as the halfway mark of their day. When you don’t talk to THOSE folks they don’t get to know you and they certainly don’t stand a chance of understanding what it’s really like to be a farmer. That’s why it’s not only important to get off the farm but also make the most of those off farm adventures.
It’s not every day that a dairy farmer…
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...along with all the blessings of being a farmer there are the heartaches and pain that sometimes drown out all the good things. But because we are farmers we don't step back long because it's okay to get riled up. It's more than okay to fight for what's right. It is never wrong to protect your own, we just have to do it between milkings and after the crops are in... and we have to remember to #justsmile.
"These are the kind of moments that you can’t buy: someone WANTS to hear you tell them why your family farm is such a great asset to its community; why your family farm is hell bent on caring for your animals and the land; why the milk your cows produce is some of the highest quality, safest and most nutritious out there. This is one of those perfect, golden opportunities that only happens when you step off that farm and engage the person who doesn’t know a thing about you or your farm."