Like the Super Bowl, the best team always wins. Be it best coaches, most talent or a little luck, the next president will have to be a little of all the above.

Never in the history of this country, has an election been so important to the landscape of agriculture. No matter who wins it will never be the same, or nearly as propped up by subsidies and disaster payments. The playing field will be leveled for the first time in this century. Livestock producers will be able to compete with grain farmers.

All these things will happen, but will it matter who gets elected? It really will, because if our indebtedness continues to climb, right along with the cost of production, the cost of goods and services will price us right out of the market.

Washington insiders will eventually flame out, as they continue to be exposed to their self-serving corruptive ways of doing business. As they attempt to lure voters from their respective rank and file, there will be further division between the parties. In my opinion this is going to cause an overreaction by both parties to scale back to the level of a weak and cracking foundation.

We as a country have been propped up for so long, that we can no longer stand on our own two feet. As splintered as we might be after this election, we must show strength at the polls. Your voice must be heard before the continued ambiguity of our presidential candidates become nothing more than puppets responding to only the strongest of voices — those that have been at the trough feeding upon the weak for far too long.

The whiplash of the equivocations and poling reversals is going to put our country into a tail-spin that we may not be able to reverse. Vote for he/she who is unwavering on their stance for the right course for this country. There’s too much of this "flavor-of-the-week" kind of candidacy. One day it’s support of Christian Evangelism, and the next it’s social conservative groups that want it both ways.

Our strength must be based on fiscal responsibility that is as honest and decent as our God fearing forefathers. If not, this election will immeasurably set this country back further than we can ever recover in one lifetime.

This false sense of security of turning a blind eye to issues that are holding us hostage must stop as a result of this election. We can no longer tolerate baseless promises and short-term gimmicks that give us hope, but leave us empty-handed.

Progress must be made in spite of such obstacles as environmentalists or human rights advocates that seem to carry more political clout than the basic needs of mankind. Since when does it become more important to respect the rights of an extinct insect or the gentleness of an animal, than to connect or feed a population?

It seems that every sensible proposition is balked at by some extremist group that puts their radical points of view ahead of the welfare of those of greatest need.

We need to turn this election into some good, productive conversation, rather than wasting yours and my time flagging a floundering rival campaign. Give us some straight talk about what you can do! And this shift away from policy differences toward character distinctions, that often lead to character assassination is just more fluff and stuff that has little or no bearing on the outcome of the election.

There are admirable people running for election, but they covertly attempt to sabotage one another at the expense of the voters. Isn’t it time to zero in on the issues that affect you? When someone else is having a bad day it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are — or, what is good for the goose isn’t always good for the gander.

We need to be positioned for a new beginning that is built on stability. This herky-jerky growth that we’ve sustained over the past several years has been more damaging than beneficial. There are those that have benefited greatly, but most of the time it was at someone else’s expense. Being dependent upon government will end up devastating for many. There will be no more crutches to fall back on, nor a soft landing place to keep from getting hurt. Buckle up and suck it up for the changes that this election will bring forth.

After more campaigns begin to implode, this election year will turn into a referendum on your future. Don’t miss this opportunity to score a touch down.

As the ratings are showing, both parties have been an embarrassment to this country. Regardless of the outcome, livestock producers are going to be the big winner. It will be your Super Bowl to enjoy!

(insightful stories written by Ken Knight)

Ken E. Knight is the author of the “Knightro Report”, a nationally syndicated livestock-marketing column, which is featured in this publication on a regular basis. Mr. Knight is a graduate of North Dakota State University, with a major BS Degree in Meat and Animal Science and a minor in Communications. In addition to being a professional auctioneer, public speaker and livestock judge, he brings many years of corporate level meat and livestock market management and expertise to the industry for which he now serves as an independent voice of shared knowledge and experience.


For more in-depth information regarding the topics that have been touched upon in this report, Knightro conducts livestock marketing seminars on a regular basis. To schedule a seminar, auction, judging, or speaking engagement, please contact Ken Knight, Knightro, W11911 County Road FF,  River  Falls,  WI 54022,  phone  toll free 1-877-KNIGTRO, phone 715-262-8480,  fax 715-262-8480, e-mail [email protected]t; or contact the Midwest Farm & Livestock Directory at [email protected].