Not All or Nothing: Finding Middle Ground in Political Discussions

June 21, 2017 10:15 AM
Not All or Nothing: Finding Middle Ground in Political Discussions

After expressing my concerns over President Trump’s Cuba policy, I received an email from a listener saying “I told you so” to those who voted for Donald Trump.

The email was titled “Whiners” and predicted the end for family farms and blamed it on President Trump. Such are the times we live in. It seems many people believe you have to be “all for” or “all against” this president with no middle ground.

While it’s true many farmers and ranchers supported Donald Trump and still do, that doesn’t mean they agree with every decision he makes. Just because you voted for someone doesn’t mean you think they are perfect.

However, it is one thing to disagree and yet another to attack and demonize as many now do. The listener predicted that, thanks to Trump, policies all farms will soon become corporate operations.

Of course the truth is many farms are already corporations, family run corporations, and that trend started long before this administration. While not perfect, the corporate structure does offer family farmers some valuable benefits.

President Trump brings many of his problems upon himself and is certainly open to criticism, it goes with the job, but the current culture of blaming him for all problems serves no positive purpose.

While critics predict President Trump’s demise, most farmers I talk to still don’t regret their decision to vote for him over Clinton.

If that changes, then this presidency is in real trouble.

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