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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Colonizing Trump country



90 minutes away from the maddened crowd in DC, the farmers of Rappahannock County and their neighbors live a bucolic life amid rolling hills and mountains. The 7,252 residents face an invasion as DC residents, who having fouled their nests, seek new territory to destroy.

They are trouble makers who seek to turn the rural county into what they left behind.

In August, farmer Mike Massie stacked bales of hay wrapped in plastic. He and some volunteers painted the message: "Farmers for Trump 2020. Keep America Great." People traveling Virginia State Route 211 can see it for themselves.

His family has farmed the land for 285 years. The area is known as Massies Corner.

The message fits. Rappahannock is Trump country. 

57% of its voters voted for President Donald John Trump in 2016.

39% voted for Hillary.

The 39%-ers don't like the display.

The Rappahannock News reported, "A couple weeks after the sign was unveiled, the Rappahannock County Zoning Office received a single complaint that it was too big to be in compliance with the county’s sign ordinance. Zoning Administrator Michelle Somers told this newspaper that she and the county attorney would look into it, but that political signs of this nature are not permanent."

The newspaper talked to Massie to get his side of the story.

He said, "Painting the plastic was very challenging. The paint wanted to slide right off."

The story was mainly about Farmers for Trump and not the bales of hay. The reporter talked to other farmers as well.

Massie said, "Donald Trump, in his first three years with his economic policies, empowerment zones in the inner cities and bringing back a million manufacturing jobs, allowed people to achieve the American Dream."

The Washington Post caught wind of the story, and sent a reporter to talk -- not to farmers -- but to the 39%.

Rachel Rowland told the Post she is a chef who has lived in the county for 42 years.

The Post said, "Surprised that no one in the community beat her to it, Rowland decided to raise the hay bale issue herself. She posted a photo to the local Facebook group at 7 p.m. on Aug. 31, blurring out the word Trump."

She supports Biden.

She said, "This isn’t about the candidate. We have a large, very large, new political campaign sign in our county … Are signs this gigantic allowed?"

Actually it looks to be about 70 signs. That's how many bales of hay I counted. But whatever. We live in a country where burning the flag is protected by the First Amendment. Why not bales of hay? His hay, his say.

The story said, "Less than 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., the county is attracting more Patagonia-clad urbanites, easy to spot as their Subarus speed off into the mountains. They buy weekend homes, then eventually settle in the area when they retire, or when the novel corona virus allows them to work remotely. These transplants — or trust fund hippies, depending on whom you’re talking to — tend to be wealthier than the typical Rappahannock residents, mostly working-class families who have lived here for generations. The newcomers are almost always more liberal."

Which is an indictment against liberalism because if liberalism worked, then why are these liberals leaving their liberal paradise.

Massie didn't talk to the Post. I don't blame him. Never talk to a cop without a lawyer, and never talk to a reporter at all.

But the Post reported, "For many who have been here, the objections to the hay bales were the breaking point. They could tolerate the new wine bar — and the corner store that offers seven kinds of kombucha. But they would not allow a farmer to be told what kind of sign he could erect on his land."

I have no idea what kombucha is and I have no inclination to find out what it is. If it is a food, I won't eat it. If it is a drink, I won't drink it. If it is a dress, I won't wear it.

Rowland told the Post, "We should be able to talk to each other. Why is that so hard?"

Trying to shut up a farmer for expressing himself through bales of hay is one reason it is so hard.

The Post mentioned a controversy over a proposed mile-long bike path two years ago. There are plenty of bike paths in suburban DC. Why not move there?

As a transplant from Cleveland to Poca, population 1,200, I have tried to blend in. My kids got a great education and made lifelong friends.

The DC transplants should try that, but instead they want to colonize Rappahannock County. They are not content to live and let live. I trust the farmers will hang in there. Bale, don't bail.

18 comments:

  1. According to your description, Rappahannock County is southwest of DC, not north, since the Rappahannock River is south of the Potomac. Maryland is north of DC.

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  2. I think it was Vox Day who wrote a great analogy of why conservatives don't trust the Libs when it comes to "making compromises." Because it's never a compromise. It's always their win.

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    1. And they always come back later to demand you give them their concessions back.

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  3. All is not quiet along the Rappahannock.

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  4. Kombucha us a mildly alcoholic drink made from a fungal growth. It is nasty. I inadvertently had some years ago at a party that was held by my wife's newagey friends. I have a mold allergy. I blasted my system.
    Benedryl helped but the stuff is not good. Wife left the new age not long after that and the Democrat party, too.

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    1. Must smell like toe jam then. Fooking disgusting. And par for the LibCommie course.

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    2. Imagine a sanitary napkin left in for several weeks in Kathy Griffins chonnies.

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  5. Virginia's Fairfax and Loudoun Counties, just south of Washington, are the wealthiest in the nation thanks to its population of deep staters. (One is the son of my cousin, who is a top patent attorney specializing in high-tech and defense products.) It should be no surprise that a surplus of DC employees and executives would cast their eyes on neighboring counties.

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  6. Wonder what the new Libs would think if their "new wine bar" turned into the "morning coffee" meeting place for the farmers. (You have to come from a small midwestern farm town to appreciate how long they would occupy the seats)

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    1. What a grand idea. Hope they have a spot to park my shitkickers by the door.

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  7. Don, in Rappahannock County and next door in Fauquier County (where I live) there's always at least one lib busybody who feels entitled to tell the rest of us how to live.

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  8. One can not have a "discussion" with a rabid animal. All leftist/liberal/progressives/Deathocrats are rabid animals and should be treated as such.

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  9. The newly-hired clerk who mixed my paint here in northcentral wyoming had been a handyman. One of his clients, a new California transplant, proudly showed him the Trump toilet brush her son had sent her. Bob walked off the job.

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  10. Not a new phenomenon by any stretch. In the Miami of my youth it was not uncommon to see a sign behind a cash register that read, "We don't give a damn how you do it back in New York."

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  11. My husband has had a hard time adjusting to the many cultural differences between Urban Cleveland, OH, and semi-rural SC.
    Differences are:
    - Religious (we're Catholic, most of them are Protestant) - I'm more traditional Catholic, he is Reformed Catholic Lite with SJW overtones.
    - Political - he is a True Blue Democrat, I'm GOP.
    - Cultural - he is a college grad, very proud of his Progressive Values. I also have a degree (actually, two), but was raised by blue-collar parents. I've seen the intellectual pretensions of many in the Woke Classes - I'm not impressed.

    It's hard for them to acknowledge their loss in status (what they spent a lifetime clawing for, is generally not highly valued by the locals). They bring up their Prog Cred at every opportunity, hoping for recognition of their very superior status. Alas, the locals either don't catch the signaling for what it is, or have contempt for the values it represents.

    No, the locals ain't dumb. They're pissed off at the blatant disrespect for their way of life by people who haven't established that their opinions are worthy of consideration.

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    1. Yep, I have a similar situation. I was raised in rural East Tennessee and my wife was raised in New York/suburban southwest Florida. I come from a family of farmers, factory workers and Baptist preachers. She comes from a family of well-educated liberals. We might as well have been raised in different countries speaking different languages.

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  12. "Rowland told the Post, "We should be able to talk to each other. Why is that so hard?""
    We should be able to ignore each other, too. Why is that so hard? There's no reason why Mr. Massie should have to explain himself to Rowland, the WaPo, or anybody else. Rowland can always rent a pasture and put up a "Pecksniffs for Biden" billboard if she wants to. That's how free speech was meant to work.

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