Exactly how long is a person entitled to claim the moniker of “farmer.” Does farming apply generically in that once a farmer always a farmer even if the person only obligatorily climbs the steps into a tractor or combine cab for a photo op? Or does it mean that someone actually sits his or her backside on a combine, tractor, or other piece of farm equipment on a daily basis? Plowing, planting, and harvesting? Milking, caring for livestock, etc.?
Stutzman continues to label himself currently as farming 4,000 acres with his father, Albert. So, if Stutzman is farming, how is he representing the Third District in Washington? Or if he is representing – albeit inadequately – the Third District, how is he farming? What Stutzman is doing is using his tie to a long ago effort at farming to display a public persona.
And, in doing so, he dishonors the profession of farming. He is no longer a farmer. He is a part of the D.C. establishment which has a dismal approval rate. You can’t have it both ways, Marlin.