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Tue Aug 13, 2019, 03:12 PM

Donald Trump has emasculated the American farmer

One of the odder aspects of Donald Trumpís presidency is the way in which he has alienated the very voting blocs he claims to love the most.

Trump has proclaimed that he is the biggest booster of the military and that the uniformed services support him. Yet he has done nothing to better understand his role as the commander in chief of the armed forces. Military officers have expressed increasing discomfort with Trumpís use of the uniformed services as a partisan prop. His meetings with veterans groups have led to bizarre exchanges. Trump has restricted his encounters with the families of those killed in action because he found the experience to be too intense. Col. David Lapan, a retired Marine who served as the spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security during the first year of the Trump administration, once told the New York Times, ďThere was the belief that over time, he would better understand, but I donít know that thatís the case. I donít think that he understands the proper use and role of the military and what we can, and canít, do.Ē Even evangelical groups, the backbone of Trumpís base, have recently expressed qualms about the presidentís rhetoric.

Without question, however, the Trump bloc that has suffered the most from the Trump administration has been farmers. Sure, Trump has tweeted about the countryís ďGreat Patriotic FarmersĒ multiple times. Tweets donít put food on the dinner table, however. On that front, this administration has been a blight on Americaís breadbasket. Indeed, one has to step back and appreciate the devastation wreaked by administration policies. The Trump White House has taken one of Americaís leading export sectors and turned it into a group dependent upon government welfare for its very survival.

Trumpís damage to farmers has two prongs. The first has been his administrationís evisceration of the Department of Agriculture. As Michael Lewis documented in ďThe Fifth Risk,Ē Trumpís appointees had little respect for the scientific research performed by the departmentís scientists. In 2018, Trumpís secretary of agriculture, Sonny Perdue, centralized control over USDA researchers in an effort to limit the publication of any research critical of administration policies. As a result the Department of Agricultureís best and brightest began to exit government service. By 2019, non-retirement departures from USDA research agencies had more than doubled compared to the previous three-year average. That exodus will only increase after USDA scientists were given a short date to select whether to move with their agencies from D.C. to Kansas City. White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney celebrated the transparent ploy to purge the administration of scientists as ďa wonderful way to streamline government.Ē One outside expert warned my Post colleague Ben Guarino, ďThis is the brain drain we all feared, possibly a destruction of the agencies.Ē

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/08/13/donald-trump-has-emasculated-american-farmer/

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 05:38 PM

1. He certainly has.. and the farmers just keep letting him!! Or at least many of them do

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 06:00 PM

2. Let's see if the farmers actually stop voting

for Republicans and Trump. I'm not holding my breath. Hope I'm wrong.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 11:43 PM

3. My wife and daughter-in-law made it clear to me that "emasculated"

is no longer acceptable in this context. I haven't come up with as replacement that seems as powerful but I get the point.

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Response to TomSlick (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 09:07 AM

4. How about ruined?

Putin's agenda is to destroy America from within. This is a good start.

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Response to The Blue Flower (Reply #4)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 06:49 PM

5. Not really the same. Doesn't sound strong enough.

I'm leaning toward "eviscerated."

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