As the events of the last several months have unfolded, the silent majority in our nation has increased in numbers. The mobs have attacked anyone with a red MAGA hat and now they are attacking anyone with a red hat of any description. This effort has not reduced the people that make up the silent majority. So much for tolerance by these mobs.
The elites in our country, especially the academic community, do not really understand the silent majority. I would like to suggest that members of the academic elite should take a sabbatical to gain further knowledge. Instead of traveling to other universities across the world, maybe a little time in Franklin County would prove valuable.
With the industries that pay the bills in this county, there are plenty of opportunities. You could start with one of the sawmills in the county. A couple of weeks working on the green end of a sawmill could replace an entire semester of liberal arts courses.
There are plenty of area farmers that right now are working from daylight until dark thirty, what with cucumbers, peppers, sweet potatoes and tobacco. Two weeks working on an area farm would provide perspective. That is if you made it two weeks. It would take far more than two weeks to understand the financial risk involved every year by Franklin County farmers.
There are also opportunities with our law enforcement. About two weeks on night shift might change your mind on how this group protects our citizens. I do not know anything about law enforcement, but I do know how to dial 911 and I feel safe in my community. I also know that I can legally own a gun. I also know that every four years I can voice my preference. Right now the entire country appears to be slam full of law enforcement experts.
There are several manufacturing plants in the county that would be happy to host your efforts to understand their operations and challenges. Several of these facilities operate 24 hours a day. Once again, night shift is an eye opener.
If you are up and about extremely early or late in the evening, you will see log trucks on the way to mills or returning to logging sites to reload. These trucks are being supplied with logs from logging crews that also work long hours. This industry has come a long way from Homelite 66 chainsaws and big stick loaders, but it is still long days of hard work. You might be fortunate enough to have one of these professional loggers let you know how the cow chews cabbage. There are a couple that would let you know how they feel. There are also the long-haul drivers that live in a truck several days at a time. That is not as much fun as it looks like it would be.
I admire the citizens of Franklin County that work outside the county. The time to travel back and forth with traffic provides ample stress. These people choose to live in our fine county and commute.
The silent majority in Franklin County includes both professional and working-class citizens.
The dashing elites of this country would do well to try to understand the silent majority prior to the November election. It could possibly reduce the shock associated with the outcome.
I have recently noticed that the same group of people that object to mobs tearing down Confederate Monuments are the same people that proudly stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner." Go figure. If you are at an outdoor event and you observe a flyover from fighter jets after our National Anthem and the hair on the back of your neck does not rise, you really need to take a long look in the mirror. A real long look!