Commenter Hardscrabble Farmer made a very interesting point:
So now, despite most people knowing that I was once a political heretic- I never speak of politics to anyone these days- I simply serve as a daily living reminded that I have simply chosen to reject those things that represent the “progressive” future and embrace a traditional past. And do you know that as long as I have been doing this I have never had a single person leave this farm with a shrug and a “meh”, rather they are loathe to go. Their children have to be dragged back into the car, often crying because they have to leave. The customers who once bought a steak or a dozen eggs on a whim are standing customers for a side of beef and a whole hog every year. The city bound SWPL types who came for a visit are now spending several weekends a year up here helping us FOR FREE just to get the experience. I wish I could tell you how many offers have been made on this farm from serious buyers after spending an afternoon pressing apples or slaughtering chickens.
I experience the same thing in my service job — public popularity.
Neither HF or I lead with our ideology; both of us experience a very favorable response from the general public. That’s a foothold right there. That’s something WN’s generally do not get.
Now tell me, do you want to keep doing the same old, same old, same old? Or do you want to try things that begin to move in a positive direction?