“He that would look with contempt on the pursuits of the farmer, is not worthy the name of a man”
Henry Ward Beecher
I'm not a huge fan of Henry Ward Beecher but this quote fit what I wanted to write about this week.
As I have said before, we live in a small town in West Michigan. This weekend we have our annual local festival. As with a lot of small towns in the midwest that have these, ours centers largely around agriculture.
We have a parade as part of the festival and it is actually quite nice. It lasts for almost an hour and half and a lot of the participants are local so you recognize a lot of them. Participating in the parade every year are antique tractors that have been entered into a competition that is a part of the festival.
It's a midwestern thing, you have to live here to understand.
The point is, the parade and the fact that this is harvest time of year got me thinking about farmers and what they do for us.
We realize here in the midwest that people on the two coasts make fun of us. We don't care. We like where we are and have no interest in living in New York City or San Francisco. Quite frankly, we make fun of them.
We get the last laugh though, we make their food.
It would be interesting to see how the liberal elites of these cities would do without the farmers of the midwest, south, plains, etc. All of the people in "fly over land".
So, they can have their brie and wine. Me, I'm going to have a beer here in the heartland and watch the tractors go by.
Those that have not lost their jobs to China that is.