With a baby about to pop, I've had little time for tending to this blog and I doubt I'll have time after she's born. But this whole "Ron Saxton is a farmer" thing just got my goat to the point that I had to sit down and defend the real farmers out there (like my mom) because when someone like Ron claims he's a farmer he insults farmers and the back breaking, sunrise to sunset work they do. Sitting in a downtown Portland law office, while being a shareholder of a farm operation does not make someone a farmer, as Ron seems to believe and misleadingly states in our voters' pamphlets.
Of course all farmers are shareholders in their operations, but the converse is not necessarily true, even if they do supposedly show up "once a month" to shovel some dirt. Hey, I show up at my mom's apple farm to help her several times a month. Am I a farmer? My fingernails look too good for me to even consider such a claim. When I told my mom over the phone that Ron has "farmer" listed as his first item under "occupational background" in the voters' pamphlet, I swear I heard the coffee she just took a sip of spray through her nose as she nearly choked on it. For those of you who know my mom and have been out to her farm, you know she's what we all would call a farmer, a real one. She's even got a stub of a thumb from a farm accident to prove it.
If you're not sure what a real farmer looks like, just head down to the Portland Farmers' Market on a Saturday morning and you'll spot them out. I doubt you'll see any of them looking as clean cut, polished and trimmed as Ron. Even if they do take the rare opportunity to polish themselves up, their hands are a dead give away. Sorry, Ron, but farmers don't have manicurists.
But lo and behold, suddenly Ron wasn't so involved in "his farm" after all. With new information surfacing about the substandard migrant labor facilities at "Ron's farm" during the 80s and 90s, suddenly Ron "was a pretty distant partner" according to a shareholder and actual farm operator who gave an interview to the big O to defend Ron. Little did he know he was exposing Ron as the faux farmer he is. The shareholder added that Ron was "never really a factor" in the farm's operations. If Ron was a distant partner and never really a factor, then I say Ron is not and never was a farmer. And that fact certainly shouldn't take him off the hook for being part owner of an illegal migrant labor camp, even if he was owning it from his downtown Portland law firm.