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Donald Trump and the Amish

I have been reflecting on how little I was aware of what was going on in presidential elections when I was still living among the Amish. Sometimes I almost wish I could tune out this election the way I used to then.

Then I discovered the story about Amish PAC. I realized that wishing myself back among the Amish might not shield me from this election after all. It seems no one is spared from becoming entangled in this election — not even the Amish.

I have been more engaged in this election season than I’ve ever been in my life. I read nearly everything I can lay my hands on — though I have to cringe when I read the next crazy thing Donald Trump is being quoted on. I’ve never seen an election season with so many twists and turns in the road. It seems we are all collectively holding our breath to find out how this story will end. I, for one, just cannot accept that voters will be forced to choose between Clinton and Trump in November because I cannot vote for either of them. I will vote out of a sense of hope, but I refuse to vote out of a sense of fear. I don’t know where that leaves me, so I will have to wait and see how this plays itself out.

Perhaps I am being very Amish about this, but when I heard that Hillary said there is no way she won’t be the nominee, the hair stood up on the back of my neck. I said to David, “They also said the Titanic was unsinkable. Hillary is in no position to be tempting fate. Things usually don’t turn out well for those who do.”

It’s true. There is so much that can happen between now and July 25. We all fault Trump for being arrogant and full of bluster, but how much more arrogant can a person get than to claim he or she knows for certain what will happen in the future?

But I digress….

I felt like Donald Kraybill’s remarks in this article were a fair assessment of the Amish voting trends and how they may view Donald Trump. We have to wait for the end of this story, too. How ironic would it be if the Amish tipped the scales in this awful, sordid affair we call the presidential election? That would be just too weird for words.

What do you think? Is Trump being really smart or really brash in going after the Amish vote? Do you think he will succeed in getting a large number of them to vote for him?


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