I was just reading today in Harry Truman’s Where The Buck Stops book about his reflections on President Lincoln. Truman noted that Lincoln, as a youth, not only worked on his parent’s family farm, but he was also hired out to work on other small farms in the area to bring in additional income for his family. What’s more, Lincoln was primarily self taught in his early years and would walk almost 20 miles to Springfield to get law books to study. Conversely, I was talking to a family farmer this morning in Bluffton who was lamenting about the demise of the small family farm where kids learned the value of work. He said, for instance, that current presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ campaign promise of a free college education seems a natural extension of all this. That is, many modern youth — because practically everything is handed to them at home these days — indeed feel entitled to a free secondary education as well. Note: Our agricultural platform calls for a strong return of the small family farm. So strong, in fact, that the country evolves back into an agrarian based one, with these small farms again being the backbone.