Indianapolis – Lost in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, something truly historic happened. As reported by S. A. Miller in the Washington Times on December 22, 2019 (EXCLUSIVE: Trump hosts Amish in historic Oval Office visit) a delegation from the Amish community met with President Trump the week before Christmas. One of the members of the delegation even is quoted in the article, as saying one of the reasons for the meeting was the fact that they share Christian values with Trump as well as a solid work ethic. For those of you that know anything about the Amish, these are two tenants of their way of life, but I believe there is more to this visit, and historical significant aside there are some really important take-away’ s from it.
I have had the pleasure of interacting with the Amish many times throughout my life. They are a smart, talented, and humble people that in most respects make them a pleasure to know. They came to America to escape persecution of their religion, much like the Puritans and others who came to American and made it the country that it is. The Amish, want to live, be left alone, and prosper just as everyone else has the opportunity too. However there way of life has become increasingly under attack by the same government entities that try to interfere with the lives of other Americans. While they have lived there for many years, the Amish of Morenci, Michigan are being attacked for not having indoor plumbing. A county in Kansas has also been at odds over the outhouses of Amish residences. In both instances, the local government has overreached in attempting to have the Amish conform to their standards, their “We know better” mentality. So far, the ACLU has helped the Amish in their fight against persecution. Why does this matter in meeting Trump? It matters because Trump is the “drain the swamp” guy, the little people hero, and the Amish can relate to Trump for this reason.
In the last 10 years, the Amish population in the United States has grown. Throughout the Midwest Amish settlements are flourishing. This population in the past might not have voted much, or dabbled in politics. That is changing and someone should court this growing block and luckily, Trump resonates with him or her at this time, possibly making a huge block of votes for Trump in the 2020 election.
The Amish populations wants someone in office that shares their Christian values. I mean let’s face it, that was not the case under the previous guy in office. As we know the current crop of Democrat candidates are not exactly practicing Christians either, so this can and most likely will play itself out in the 2020 election as well.
The final point that I think is the most interesting one. Let us look at the where some of the largest Amish communities are Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky. What is another trait of some of these states? They equal battleground states in the general election.
I have the opportunity to run into members of the Amish community often, I do business with them and we are just in the same general area. I can tell you this. To a man, when I have asked, they are all in on Trump in 202 when I ask. I know that more are registering to vote than ever before. I know they just want to be left alone, and see that Trump will help them in that way. Therefore, it does not surprise me that Trump was meeting with them. Who knows, maybe they were talking about draft horses, fried apple pies, and when to start plowing. I have a feeling though the talks were on different subjects and I for one am very glad they are taking place.
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