conservation voters

  • August 10, 2017
    Guest Post

    by Mike Powell, Executive Director, Greenbelt Land Trust of Mid-Missouri

    A dominant[1] narrative[2] following last November’s election was that the Democratic Party had left rural America behind, and rural Americans responded by defecting en masse to vote for Donald Trump.  A variety of justifications for that defection have been floated, ranging from an affinity for Trump’s populist rhetoric and isolationist trade policies such as  “I was worried about the fuel prices,”[3]  to a simple desire to watch the rest of America suffer the way rural areas have suffered in the face of increasing urbanization, outsourcing, and skyrocketing land prices.  They didn’t care about Trump the policymaker – they wanted Trump the human hand grenade.