NORTH BUFFALO TOWNSHIP – People around the world are fascinated with President Donald Trump, but few have the opportunity to visit the United States to experience the political uprising we are currently experiencing.
Japanese news wire service correspondent Sohei Ide writes for Kyodo News. He came to Armstrong County to find ordinary Americans. He wanted their views on Mr. Trump’s presidency.
“I am not going to hide the fact that I wasn’t a great fan of President-elect Trump,” Sohei explained, “but that gives me more compelling reason to understand why people voted for him. I truly like to know and I believe so do many of our readers, and that’s why it’s so important to speak to the real people as opposed to professional commentators or academics.”
He spoke to three North Buffalo Township residents that represented three distinct views of our President.
Visiting the home of Jack Bennett, he was acquainted with the conservative brand of politics for which western Pennsylvania is known – clinging to our guns and our religion, as Bennett explained. Bennett, who serves on the Board of the Armstrong County Tourist Bureau, gave Sohei an Armstrong-opoly board game to remind him of his trip to Armstrong County.
Pastor Jim Rose of the North Buffalo Grace Brethren Church related to Sohei a religious view of politics in America, and the importance of a spiritual culture.
North Buffalo Township Supervisor Dave Wolfe was able to express the differences in liberal and conservative thinking, and shared some views of why he is concerned about the Trump presidency.
“I won’t claim to have seen it all in one day, but I felt like I had my first real encounter with ‘the real America’,” Sohei wrote after returning to Japan. “Although it stopped short of fully converting me into a Trump supporter, I think I have a much better understanding of what the good people of USA saw as hope in him, and I am much more open to the possibility that he may bring about a change for the better than before.”
The impact of Sohei’s visit was felt in his article appearing in newspapers throughout Japan.