A large part of me feels that you'Reap what you Sow'.
Farmers, as a group, have been the single biggest recipients of true #socialism in this country for generations through farm subsidies & programs...
They tend to believe that they are the only patriots in this country & define
I could go on & on but you get the point.
For years, I COULD feel empathy & mercy for them. I spent many of my young years in the Midwest. Half of my family were farmers until the 80's back during the last big boom of Republicanism &
But I also remember that it was during this same time that farmers were screaming for help that their 'Savior' Ronald Reagan approved making ketchup count as a
I had a problem with that even back then when I was just a spring chicken. My young mind already knew
My mom was a single mother with an uncooperative ex husband who thought she was getting over by getting child support. We were living in public housing in Akron OH.
We had NO money. I mean NO money. My brother even had to be sent to live w/ my grandparents because he out grew his shoes & she could not afford to
But, I saw my Mom working & going to school. I saw the exhaustion, the tears, the frustration, the painful choices.
I also saw the disdain & judgement of the white folks in the area that had decided that everyone living in the complex was 'lazy', 'shifty' or 'criminal'
I learned what those words
The kids I played with were just like me, in the same boat...POOR. Their Moms worked hard (either in or out of the home) just like mine.
This is where we lived in 1974.
The housing in TN was no better but my mom used the system exactly as it was intended. We had affordable shelter
(SIDE NOTE: Upon receiving her master's, my mom went to work for HUD. She worked to give other families the same opportunities that she had literally for the rest of her life).
The entire time this we lived
Then, Ronald Reagan came up w/ his 'Welfare Queen' speech...and it became thunderous...right when my mom started
The dull roar became thunderous at this point.
The same rural people that
(1) often utilized section 8 for housing
(2) were receiving federal funding not to grow things &
(3) claimed to be good Christian folks decrying the destruction of America
THEN, the 1980s farm crisis hit. All of the sudden, THEY needed economic help. They were the ones that were
(Remember, farm subsidies began in response to the Dust Bowl & grew from there)
Large Corporations bought up small & mid sized
The nation came together, bail out money was provided, the turbulence subsided.....
They did not learn about mercy, compassion, lifting up those in need.
They not only didn't learn anything...they DOUBLED DOWN on the same politicians, religious leaders and way of thinking that got them into the mess to begin with.
They slowly drank the kool aid because they were busy worrying about themselves only until the point 2015 when they started gulping it down like it was the only water in the desert.
AND NOW, after all that I have seen
I am the beneficiary of the 'socialist' policies that these people have fought & I have been very fortunate.
So, while I feel some empathy for the 'farmers' (who, btw, aren't the ones that are going to receive the bulk of this bail out) who are in dire straits.
AND I feel tremendous worry for children that are being affected by this....
I am finding it hard to CARE about their plight.
In my heart I know that many of these people are going to vote for the DJT again in 2020. That they are going to continue to tow the #GOP party line no matter the damage to
I am TIRED of this.
I am tired of people only caring when it affects them economically.
& I am ANGRY.
I don't want to help them.
I know I should. I know I should want to. I know that at any other point in my life, I would care.
But, as I said at the beginning, I am torn. I waffle between caring, apathy & anger
AND that makes me wonder about whether or not this is the true legacy of DJT.