The RNC and the DNC, along with the out of touch liberal media have their own ideas about what is important for the 2016 election.
It is a shame how out of touch these judgmental, wealthy elitists are when it comes to what is important to the average person on Main Street.
America is a country formed by the original rebels who left Europe to make their lives in the manner they deemed best, following God, Family and Country, with their own values.
All they wanted was an even chance to succeed, regardless of their birth status.
The United States was created with this at the heart of her Doctrine and the Republic that deemed all men equal.
The pieces of the United States come in all sizes. There are the large cities, small towns and everything in between.
Today’s topic is one example of the hometown fabric that has built the shining place on the hill that so many have been inspired to call home.
The place is Canton, NC, a small mill town in the Appalachian Mountains. There is a paper mill there that has been in existence for over a hundred years. It built the town up around it, and supported many a generation through depression, world war and a declining manufacturing environment and overall economy.
As the song “Papertown” by Balsam Range says, “This ain’t just another Papertown, it’s the one that I call home.
My Grandfather raised his family working there. He began as a logger at eighteen years old, then moved up to machinist in the mill.
His three children, educated by the fruit of his work, became an engineer, a chemist and an artist.
My Father worked in the mill as well, and I spent 13 years of my life in Canton, NC.
It was common for generations to find their living in the mill.
The mill has gone through so many changes as the world reacted to events beyond their control.
Today, you will find the mill in operation, but at a greatly diminished capacity in comparison to years past.
It has affected the town. It was the largest employer in the area. It provided living wage manufacturing jobs to the population. There is a lot less money to support the commerce that once thrived in the downtown area.
This story is one of the key issues that really matter to the people who will vote for a new president in 2016.
Watching the news, it seems to be a matter largely ignored and is so far and away from what the media and party officials claims to matter to the average Joe and Jane.
The people want to work and earn a living. They want to know that if they send their children to college, there will jobs for them to fill to make their investment pay off.
Canton is one location, but Detroit is a prime example of manufacturing that built America and the international trade agreements that have brought about its demise.
Last week Carrier announced that the company would be moving the manufacturing to Mexico.
Ford just announced they would do the same, citing lower wages, improved logistics and a wealth of free trade agreements.
The American People want to know what the next president is going to do to bring the jobs back to the USA! They want to earn their standard of living and be free to make their own lives as they see fit, without the government sticking their noses in everyday lives.
The People built this country with their generational hands, and can do so again with just a chance to work.
Neither do they need or want everything free from an oppressive, controlling government.
The reason, “Make America Great Again”, has caught fire is because it can and needs to be done again. It is not important who leads America to greatness again, it is important to remember that the leader will have a mighty following.
Americans are a proud, headstrong bunch, and the “powers that be” have completely and totally underestimated the heart of the people!
Images: http://tonyshaw3.blogspot.com/2010/09/fred-chappell-and-canton-north-carolina.html; Hardin Family courtesy of Candice Hardin