Patterico's Pontifications


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.



  1. I hope you enjoy this.

    Comment by JD (b63a52) — 2/3/2013 @ 8:55 pm

  2. amen

    Comment by EPWJ (016f5f) — 2/3/2013 @ 8:56 pm

  3. Special. Thanks JD

    Comment by mg (31009b) — 2/3/2013 @ 8:59 pm

  4. brought tears to my eyes

    Comment by kinlaw (aa663d) — 2/3/2013 @ 9:06 pm

  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.

    Comment by JD (b63a52) — 2/3/2013 @ 9:14 pm

  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.”

    Comment by aunursa (7014a8) — 2/3/2013 @ 9:20 pm

  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.

    Comment by Blythe (45af8c) — 2/3/2013 @ 9:31 pm

  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.

    Comment by elissa (ba90d0) — 2/3/2013 @ 9:52 pm

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

    Comment by Elephant Stone (9ad196) — 2/3/2013 @ 10:04 pm

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

    Best. Ad. Ever.

    Comment by Patricia (be0117) — 2/3/2013 @ 10:25 pm

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

    Comment by askeptic (2bb434) — 2/3/2013 @ 11:28 pm

  12. because so many Italians came to America?

    Comment by redc1c4 (403dff) — 2/3/2013 @ 11:47 pm

  13. Thanks for sharing it, JD.

    Comment by MayBee (5d58db) — 2/4/2013 @ 1:37 am

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

    Comment by mg (31009b) — 2/4/2013 @ 1:59 am

  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.

    Comment by mg (31009b) — 2/4/2013 @ 2:02 am

  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.

    Comment by gary gulrud (dd7d4e) — 2/4/2013 @ 4:41 am

  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?

    Comment by gary gulrud (dd7d4e) — 2/4/2013 @ 5:30 am

  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?”

    Comment by gary gulrud (dd7d4e) — 2/4/2013 @ 5:33 am

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

    Comment by Ipso Fatso (1e3278) — 2/4/2013 @ 6:11 am

  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.

    Comment by gitarcarver (71ca11) — 2/4/2013 @ 6:34 am

  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


    Comment by happyfeet (ce327d) — 2/4/2013 @ 7:01 am

  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.

    Comment by elissa (bf0e12) — 2/4/2013 @ 7:34 am

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

    Comment by DRJ (a83b8b) — 2/4/2013 @ 8:00 am

  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.

    Comment by Dustin (73fead) — 2/4/2013 @ 8:05 am

  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.

    Comment by Elephant Stone (fced25) — 2/4/2013 @ 8:31 am

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

    Strength triumphs.

    Comment by Patricia (be0117) — 2/4/2013 @ 8:34 am

  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

    Comment by happyfeet (ce327d) — 2/4/2013 @ 8:36 am

  28. If fad diets are wrong, I don’t want to be right, feets.

    Comment by Dustin (73fead) — 2/4/2013 @ 9:07 am

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

    this is the most fun sentence ever

    Comment by happyfeet (4bf7c2) — 2/4/2013 @ 9:28 am

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

    Comment by Patricia (be0117) — 2/4/2013 @ 10:58 am

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

    Comment by MD in Philly (3d3f72) — 2/4/2013 @ 12:41 pm

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    Comment by заказать монтаж пожарной сигнализации (8cdcd9) — 2/4/2013 @ 1:50 pm

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

    ES – And then government crop insurance.

    And then government price supports.

    Comment by daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 2/4/2013 @ 2:38 pm

  34. God? Who the hell is that?

    Comment by Rational Republican (3d5492) — 2/4/2013 @ 4:37 pm

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

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 2/4/2013 @ 4:37 pm

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

    Comment by JEA (fb1111) — 2/4/2013 @ 5:30 pm

  37. you’re a deeply cynical person

    Comment by happyfeet (4bf7c2) — 2/4/2013 @ 5:33 pm

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

    Comment by SPQR (768505) — 2/4/2013 @ 5:40 pm

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

    Comment by JD (b63a52) — 2/4/2013 @ 5:45 pm

  40. 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.

    Comment by htom (412a17) — 2/4/2013 @ 6:32 pm

  41. 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

    Comment by happyfeet (ce327d) — 2/4/2013 @ 7:12 pm

  42. 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?

    Comment by Ag80 (b2c81f) — 2/4/2013 @ 7:14 pm

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

    Comment by jpickens (3dec33) — 2/4/2013 @ 9:18 pm

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

    Comment by John L. Scott (aae9ba) — 2/5/2013 @ 3:39 am

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

    Comment by mg (31009b) — 2/5/2013 @ 3:53 am

  46. “best commercial ever”

    Who claimed this?

    Comment by JD (b63a52) — 2/5/2013 @ 4:30 am

  47. 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.

    Comment by Elephant Stone (f12567) — 2/5/2013 @ 6:41 pm

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

    Comment by Dad (b17026) — 2/7/2013 @ 1:07 am

  49. 48 – Where I farm, God made all the hired hands old and white.

    Comment by mg (31009b) — 2/7/2013 @ 2:48 am

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

    Comment by JD (8fc815) — 2/7/2013 @ 3:55 am

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