The wheat harvest is starting in Minnesota. The amber waves of grain are falling to power of the combine. As I look at a field of wheat I consider that it is not unlike our electoral process. It used to be when wheat was harvested the grain was thrown into the air and while the chaff was blown away the valuable life sustaining grain fell to the ground where it could be collected by anyone with eyes good enough to see it. Not unlike our system of caucuses and primaries are supposed to work. The process was open and understandable. The light fluffy chaff was blown away by the honest forces of nature while the heavy grain was visible and collectible by anyone who chose to take the time to see it and put in the labor to find it. Now however grain is separated from the chaff inside of a huge machine, often totally behind opaque walls, the process almost invisible to the naked eye. We are only allowed to truly see what and when something happens when the media decides to tell us what is happening and they too often tell us things they do not know but simply infer by looking at the gauges attached to the machine. Gauges that apparently and strangely can be interpreted in many different ways, Gauges that purportedly report what is happening inside of the machine out of our sight.
There is a lot of chaff lying about waiting to be blown away but like the kingdom of the blind we are unable to see all of it because our one eyed king is the media whose sight is blinded by prejudice, errant facts, and single issue biases that cause a fog affecting everyone’s vision and indeed often blinds us to the fact that indeed somewhere among all grain and the chaff there is someone, perhaps yet unnoticed, who can find the straws littering the ground after the reaping, that are strong enough to support and sustain us and yet not heavy enough to be that final straw that breaks the camel’s back. Time is short we must find that person soon. Our world is too dangerous for indecision, personal gain, and short term success to be our only guide. If I had one wish during this season of our political discontent it ouwld be that there was one source of information that I could depend on to deliver bias free facts, clean information without verbal baggage and mayhem aimed at convincing rather than informing.