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Three More Sleeps

Dear People Who More And More I Consider Are My Friends, Even Though I Haven’t Met Most Of You (But I have met a lot of you, also),

When my kids were really young and excited about some upcoming event to the point where they could hardly contain themselves, they always wanted to know how long they’d have to wait. I got in the habit of translating the time into the number of sleeps until that event would happen. And that’s what the subject means, “Three more sleeps (until the end of Donald J. Trumps administration)”.

We’re lucky that our democracy withstood his onslaught. A free and fair election was held , followed by denial that it was anything but by DJT. And soon after that was the attempted coup, 5 event-related deaths, impeachment and firing of several key Capitol Police heads and hasty resignations by those in his cabinet who preferred not to be on a sinking ship (probably a good strategic move on their part, but far too little, too late for them to have credibility in my book!). And now on the eve of Joe Biden’s inauguration , we’re left with the undeniable fact that White Supremacist are the number one domestic threat to our country.

Last week, I was more comfortable with the major pundits explaining what happened on January 6th, but tonight, it seems important to emphasis for you and me that Racism with a capital “R” was the big player in the Capitol invasion last week. A watershed moment really, where a group of almost exclusively White Men felt an existential threat to their livelihood because they now see that it will be impossible to prevent the voices and issues of POC from being part of the center stage of our political landscape. And for great reason, too. The strong presence of something other than the White Voice is inevitable. And they don’t like these prospects one bit.

During Franklin D. Roosevelt’s time as president, a whole new concept was created for the American Nation. Government should exist to help better the condition of all people, of all colors and walks of life Previous to that, rich people got steadily richer on the backs of the poor. We see the creation of Social Security and many other programs that still exist today that are so popular with the majority of Americans. The exception being the super rich who found themselves having to pay more and more to help fund these programs. And they didn’t like that one bit, either.

Reagen for the most part and Clinton, too, brought things back in the other direction, gutting so many of these important initiatives to the point where it’s hard to now recognize some of them. Fact is ,that so many rich people only want things to go well for themselves and hate spending their tax dollars to benefit everyday people.

Now we’re poised at a critical moment with Racism, Covid, Environmental Devastation, Recession all breathing down our throats. And there’s Joe. He could actually perform transformative work , even in his first 100 days. I’m sure he’s going to disappoint me and maybe you, too. But, I know he’s going to try his hardest. The world, from my point of view is crying out for big changes, revolution even, but within the parameters of great legislation. We’ll see. I’m optimistic that the world will at least have empathy reintroduced into it. Something sorely lacking over the past four years.

This has been a hard time for all Americans, but especially for those of us living without food security or safe ways to protect themselves from the virus. And even though I’m writing from the security of my nice warm house, I realize that it all boils down to not forgetting that we all need to figure out our way out of this f___ mess. (Sorry, just had to say it.)

Stay well. Stay safe. Please. Talk to all of you when we’re on the other side of this.

Namaste,

David

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Unconscionable

Welcome to Farmer Dave’s Blog,

This will be new. I’m actually more a “David” most times, but somehow the “Dave” feels very right in the realm of farming. This beautiful looking new website (at the old address) is the result of Jen’s hard work. Its been in the works for quite a while. The old host got tired of not making enough money off of us and came up with a new model to charge us that was , at least in my opinion-unconscionable. But that’s not why the subject matter of this letter carries that name. We’ll get to that soon enough. I just want to publicly acknowledge what a great and beautiful job she has done here. The finished product kind of reminds me of how her flower bouquets come out-bursting with life, color and finesse.

I choose the subject line “unconscionable” in reference to the 11 senators who have decided to stand in opposition to the overwhelming and convincing victory of Joe Biden on January 6th. This is in spite of the fact that the votes have been counted and recounted and that 60 odd lawsuits from Trump’s “Legal Team” have been struck down by federal judges including 2 (or is it 3?) suits brought to the Supreme Court. Remember that Guilianni and his team have made outrageous and unsubstantiated claims outside of court, and yet when faced with an actual judge where truth really matters and can cost you, they’ve had to admit that there have been no truth to their claims. Its like throwing things against the wall and seeing what will stuck. In this case- not a whole hell of a lot! And that also is the case with ballot fraud and the so called malfunctioning of Dominion ballot machines. Trump’s supporters have shouted their insistence time and time again that the election (and the ballots) were stolen. And not one judge, including the 3 that Trump himself appointed saw one scrap of evidence that anything went wrong with any aspect of the election. But, and this is a big but, if you say something loud enough and long enough ,then people are going to believe you. And now these 11 senators have taken the whole thing one more step. They’re insisting that there should be another look at the outcome and that the American people deserve the truth. I agree. They do. And if there was any any ANY reason to look deeper at what happened in this election, then that should happen. And right away. But it didn’t. What they’re really doing-and this makes perfect sense- they are aligning themselves with the 70Million voters for Trump, so that when election time comes around for them, they won’t lose those voters. People can have a long memory for things like this. And Ted Cruz, the most visible of all 11,should be ashamed of such opportunism. Actually, they all should. When elected to office, they swore alliance to uphold the constitution. This behavior is not that. Not by a long shot.

In my humble opinion, the Republicans, and especially Trump have brought us closer to an existential challenge to democracy than any event in the recent past. We have made it through ok this time, but vigilance on the part of so many hard working people helped prevent that from happening.

One last thing that I need to share. That Trump is a poor loser, that he would rather do or say anything to keep his job is obvious to me. And there’s no road for him to keep his job. But, and this is where I’m getting nervous- I wouldn’t put it past him to try something unconscionable in the world arena on his way out the door. What? Not sure, and don’t want to put any more terrible thoughts inside anyone’s head. Meanwhile , holding my breath, till noon on January 20th and hoping that all goes well for the country. We’ve had a terrible, tragic and an unprecedented attack on working poor, particularly POC. Lets figure that all our efforts with make 2021 better.

Oh, one more thing. I was wrong. In the next few weeks, we’ll be keeping you informed of Star Lights activities. We’re already growing food for you for next week, next month and the months after that. It will be fun to let you know what’s going on. This week, we bought a major tool, the Jang Seeder and you’ll learn about that, our new hoop houses, and the elusive art of grafting tomatoes. All part of the glorious and rewarding job of providing you with the very best we know how to grow.

Stay well. Stay safe and think smart. The vaccine is here, but I haven’t gotten it yet-have you?

Namaste,

David