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So God Made A Farmer

Filed under: General — JD @ 8:52 pm

[guest post by JD]

This is as powerful and compelling of a commercial as I can recall. Great Grandpa Ralph. Great Grandpa Vernon. Grandpa. Now Dad in retirement. Great Uncle Everett. Great Uncle Ralph. Kirby. Someday, my brothers and I may have the opportunity and honor to call ourselves farmers. Until then, we can admire our family and friends that are.

Ray Lewis didn’t turn the light out at the SuperDome, but he was there when it happened.


50 Responses to “So God Made A Farmer”

  1. I hope you enjoy this.

    JD (b63a52)

  2. amen

    EPWJ (016f5f)

  3. Special. Thanks JD

    mg (31009b)

  4. brought tears to my eyes

    kinlaw (aa663d)

  5. I think this commercial is one of those things that if someone didn’t like it, it would change how I look at that person.

    JD (b63a52)

  6. If the 49ers had come all the way back to win the game, the blackout would have spawned theories to rival the long list of American “conspiracies.”

    aunursa (7014a8)

  7. Meh, I grew up on a farm in the Midwest doing pretty much everything in that commercial. It is backbreaking, hard work done in freezing cold during winters and insane heat and humidity in the summer. At the end of every day you are tired, filthy and stink like a combination of sweat, grease, farm animals, and manure. At the end of every year you are broke. And your body is quite literally broken by the time you are in your 50s.

    I am an attorney now. I would like to say I miss farm life, but I don’t. I suspect anybody who romanticized that commercial has never been a farmer.

    Blythe (45af8c)

  8. Of course it’s not the long hours and hardship that was being praised and romanticized by Paul Harvey. It’s praise of the personal values and characteristics which are required in order to perservere on a farm and then, hopefully be passed on to the next generation regardless of their ultimate occupation. Not everybody’s cut out to be a farmer or a farm wife. Not everybody’s cut out to be a lawyer. I thought it was a beautifully photographed commercial and that it was produced with great sensitivity. Farming snakes through four generations of my family. It certainly resonated with me.

    elissa (ba90d0)

  9. Blythe, did you even listen to the commercial ?
    The late Paul Harvey’s narration explicitly illuminated how difficult farming life can be.

    Elephant Stone (9ad196)

  10. When I saw that ad, I cried. It blew me away.

    Best. Ad. Ever.

    Patricia (be0117)

  11. Why is it a company owned by Italians knows America, and Americans, better than the others?

    askeptic (2bb434)

  12. because so many Italians came to America?

    redc1c4 (403dff)

  13. Thanks for sharing it, JD.

    MayBee (5d58db)

  14. 7 – Your the reason lawyers are so well liked, I don’t believe a word you typed.

    mg (31009b)

  15. With land prices at a all time high, and corn and beans at close to record price, the farmers in s.w. Mn. have been printing money the last 5 years. Farming has been very very good to me.

    mg (31009b)

  16. 8, 15. It might be the butt of jokes as ‘fly-over’ Amerikkka, but the heartland is why we were great and God will continue to bless us far more than those who enjoy the seacoasts and inland coasts:

    Our neighbors are few and known to us. Thank you God.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  17. Kyle Bass announced a week or more ago they were long on anything to do with housing:

    In this case ‘long’ might mean a decade. Wunner what the dollar will be called then?

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  18. 7, 15. An older farmer in his nineties queried my father-in-law on the latter’s retirement at 62:

    “But what are you going to do?”

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  19. I miss Paul Harvey. RIP Mr. Harvey. Incredible commercial.

    Ipso Fatso (1e3278)

  20. I think it depends on what you want out of a commercial. If you want emotion, this was a great commercial. If you want something that highlights the product and why you should buy it, this is a lousy commercial.

    I recognize the artistic value, the feelings behind it and why everyone likes it.

    I just kept thinking that if there is one commercial that that typifies liberals and the Obama administration, this is it. The spot focused on “feelings” and nothing of substance.

    Loved the sentiment, hated the spot.

    gitarcarver (71ca11)

  21. the best sales pitch for a truck well there are two of them the first one is Snow and the second one is Ice

    Snow and Ice together are responsible for a good 40% of truck sales I reckon


    happyfeet (ce327d)

  22. gita- farmers and ranchers buy pick-ups. Pick-ups are expensive and a major purchase in rural Amrica. The commercial was selling pick-ups. It was a brilliantly crafted two-fer. The “ad” part of the ad was clearly sucking up to farmers to entice them to buy a Dodge next time rather than a Ford or Chevy. That’s capitalism. The second, “values” part of the ad was meant for a wider audience and was intended to appeal to anyone with a heart and to remind all of some important individual qualities that have contributed (and hopefully will continue to contribute) to making America great whether one comes from rural or city roots.

    I like the commercial even better this morning than I did last night.

    elissa (bf0e12)

  23. I like Paul Harvey. Dodge trucks, not so much.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  24. That was a great commercial. It’s a bit of a shame I can’t put aside the bailout and just appreciate the commercial, but I would be embarrassed to be caught owning a Chrysler or GM vehicle.

    F-150s have a more utilitarian look (and reality) that I appreciate in a pickup anyway.

    Dustin (73fead)

  25. After God made a number of farmers, he realized he needed to make a type of person to organize these farmers, since the farmers were too hard-working and much too busy to contemplate what’s best for them.

    And that’s when God created the…community organizer.

    Elephant Stone (fced25)

  26. Notice how nobody is talking about the treacly Oprah ad telling us we will be whole again, yada yada.

    Strength triumphs.

    Patricia (be0117)

  27. Oprah is all about the greater glory of Obama

    plus fad diets

    fad diets plus greater glory of Obama = Oprah

    this might could be on the test

    happyfeet (ce327d)

  28. Dieters may find it difficult to eat more than two or three doughnuts at a time

    this is the most fun sentence ever

    happyfeet (4bf7c2)

  29. You’re right, happyfeet. Oprah is all about Oprah and her love for The One.

    Patricia (be0117)

  30. I’m sure all farming is hard, but I’ve always thought those with dairy herds had it the worst.

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

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  32. “And that’s when God created the…community organizer.”

    ES – And then government crop insurance.

    And then government price supports.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  33. God? Who the hell is that?

    Rational Republican (3d5492)

  34. No, he didn’t, remember who ‘Rules for Radicals’ is dedicated to;

    narciso (3fec35)

  35. I hope everyone also remembers this was just a commercial to sell trucks.

    JEA (fb1111)

  36. you’re a deeply cynical person

    happyfeet (4bf7c2)

  37. Notice that ” 2/4/2013 @ 1:50 pm” spammer made more sense than the “Rational Republican” Moby.

    SPQR (768505)

  38. JEA and Disturbed Dem in the same day. Trolls will be trolls.

    JD (b63a52)

  39. Grandson of farmers, nephew of farmers, son of a John Dealer, married a farmer’s daughter whose grandparents were farmers. Have cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends who are farmers. There’s good and bad to being a farmer. Farmers built this country. Potent stuff.

    htom (412a17)

  40. I would’ve been a crappy farmer cause of you have to get up even when it’s stupid insanely cold and feed the moos and it’s just you out there and the ever-hungry moos and your trusty companions Truck and Bucket, who do not speak

    happyfeet (ce327d)

  41. I hope everyone remembers that selling Ram trucks might keep a few Americans working and a lot of rich Italians doing whatever they do.

    Grazie, Obama.

    Why are trolls so useless?

    Ag80 (b2c81f)

  42. Love the commercial. Buy a Ford.
    No Govt. Motors for me.

    jpickens (3dec33)

  43. It was Paul Harvey who was brilliant. The makers of the “best commercial ever” added essentially no extra value.

    John L. Scott (aae9ba)

  44. Living off the land. It’s what Americans do.
    From food to energy, we need to be self sufficient.

    mg (31009b)

  45. “best commercial ever”

    Who claimed this?

    JD (b63a52)

  46. Too bad that many of the Fred Flintstones who work on the assembly line for Daimler-Chrysler aren’t nearly as dignified as the farmers.

    Elephant Stone (f12567)

  47. So God made Mexicans to do the farmers’ work.

    Dad (b17026)

  48. 48 – Where I farm, God made all the hired hands old and white.

    mg (31009b)

  49. “Dad” is a hate-filled racist cur.

    JD (8fc815)

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