Cowboys and Farmers via ©Seth Godin



Because Donald Trump wants to build a fence, does that make him a farmer and no cowboy?

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The question pushes itself on with the 3 minutes reading of an entry by Seth Godin from May 20 on Medium.

And if Donald Trump is therefore a farmer, does the age old fight between farmers and cowboys flare up again, as a recent news report from a Trump rally in San Diego indicates?

Differentiating from the blog entries his readers are familiar with, and are in keeping with jewish text only tradition, Godin’t Medium articles feature images, such as the key visual you see here.
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The farmer knows that the land is the land, and that it has to last for generations.

The farmer, land-bound, is eager to seek alliances, because an enemy of any sort can be a real problem.

Farmers came over on the Mayflower, and also represent a key national persona. Jimmy Carter was (literally) a farmer, as was George H. W. Bush, and so are Madeline Albright and Bill Gates. Lucille Ball was a farmer, so is Oprah.

The cowboy seeks out the emergency where he can be helpful, and brings a range of impresario skills to the table. He relishes the wide open spaces, and is always ready to move on to a new frontier. He has a bedroll and a horse and a small team.

The cowboy would rather tell a story than share statistics. The cowboy doesn’t mind having a nemesis, because, after all, he has a six-gun in his holster and leaving town isn’t really a tragedy.

Cowboys are an American icon, even if James Bond is a cowboy. So is McGyver, and so were Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. Steve Jobs was a cowboy. (Steve Ballmer wanted to be one, but he didn’t succeed). Jimi Hendrix was a cowboy, along with CJ Walker.





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