Gene Hanson, of Edgeley,
North Dakota, is not what you would call a die-hard football fan, but he
does follow the Minnesota Vikings.
But when he saw
professional football players taking a knee during the national anthem
to protest "oppression", Gene did what a lot of Americans have done --
he turned off the television set.
"If you want to protest something, do it somewhere else," the retired
farmer told me in a telephone interview. "But you don't protest during
the national anthem. That's not the place for it."
The images of grown men
disrespecting our nation and our military was a bit much for Gene to
So he went to the barn, hauled out his old Massey 135 tractor and
commenced to send the National Football League a message -- drawn into
the dirt of a bean field.
"WE STAND FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM," Gene wrote.
"With all the controversy with the national anthem and with the NFL, I
just thought it was time that I send a message," he said. "We've got a
lot of service peopel who have served, some who lost their lives."
It was a message about the size of two football fields.
After he finished his masterpiece, Gene hopped in an airplane to take a
photo -- and well -- you know how social media works.
Farmer Gene proved you don't need a podcast or a blog to voice your
opinion - you just need an old Massey 135 tractor and a steady hand.