Sunday Morning Coffee is my weekly piece about the stuff Mom said to never talk about...politics and religion. Sometimes I even throw in a little gossip, just for flavor. So, let's dig in and hope Mom isn't too offended.
I was visiting with a volunteer for the Iowa Republican Party last week and I asked him who he had supported before Donald Trump steamrolled in. He told me he supported Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). I had to ask, "How is it that you are now supporting Donald Trump whom Sen. Rubio, just 40 days ago, said of him, 'We're going backwards here. This is a frightening, grotesque, and disturbing development in American politics." My new friend said to me, "Oh that. Well, that was just politics and now the Republican Party must unite behind Trump to beat Hillary."
Do you realize how morally bankrupt the GOP is today? The seething hate that has spewed from the mouth of Donald Trump is now the calling card of the Republican Party. The GOP has lost all credibility and has touched a nerve that, perhaps, needed to be exposed. In internal dislike of women, minorities, the LGBT Community, immigrants, the government and our Constitution has all manifested itself in the form of the new voice of the Republican Party of the United States, Donald Trump.
The Iowa GOP
The other day it was made clear by Iowa GOP chair, Jeff Kaufmann that Iowa Republicians will unite behind Trump. Why? In the words of one activist, “I’m not going to say I’m excited or enthusiastic about Donald Trump. I’ve always said I was going to vote for the Republican nominee, and I think Hillary Clinton would give us a third term of Barack Obama.” And, there you have it. She could not even utter the word "president" in front of his name. This is not about policy. This is not about winning. This is about the hate the GOP has for the President of the United States. This is why Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) has made it clear that he is above the Constitution by not holding hearings for the vaciency on the Supreme Court. The hate these people have for the president is on full display.
And, now we get to tie that to a person the savior of the GOP. Yikes. No,not Jesus...but "Just Kidding". (Cartoon by Tim Lloyd)
So Let's Start Here
They say all politics is local. So, let's start in my little community of Windsor Heights with the Majority Leader of the Iowa House Rep. Chris Hagenow (R-Windsor Heights). I present the first of many "Birds of a Feather" images. One just like the other. Mr. Hagenow would like you to think he is a "nice guy" and that his politics are not right out of the hate mongering of the Far Right...but it's all an act. He is, after all..one of them.
OK, So What do YOU Do?
For those outside of Iowa House District 43...hang on for a moment. Let's keep it in Windsor Heights, Iowa for just a moment. It is truly time for a change. Polling of this community says it is overwhelmingly fair and decent. But, for too long they have had to subject themselves to the embarrassment of Mr. Hagenow.
Your job is to unite behind one of several women running for the Iowa House. You can do it. Jennifer Konfrst is right on all the issues. She supports increased funding for education. She supports allowing women to choose their health care option. She supports economic stability for working class families. She supports the things you care about. It's a long time between now and November but now is the time to get involved. Write a check, sign up to volunteer to make phone calls, talk to people...you can make this happen. I truly hope you'll energize yourself and defeat Mr. Hagenow...he's just like, well you know who.
Meanwhile in West Des Moines
Last week I attended a fund-raiser in Cumming, Iowa for my dear friend Claire Celsi who is
running for the Iowa House to actually represent voters in District 42. I asked Claire why she was inviting people to head to Cumming. She said, "I've been listening to voters from across the district and they tell me that Rep. Peter Cownie (R-WDM) never shows up at anything. I want people to know that I hear them and I will be there before, during and after the election." Good enough for me. Those of you in House District 42 have a real opportunity here. She is right on all the issues you care about. She is not afraid to take on Gov. Terry Branstad (R-IA) and she will be an active voice in the Iowa Legislature and, most of all, be able to get things done. You can not do any better friends...get involved today.
Then There is Mason City, Iowa
The people of Mason City pushed and pushed their city council to reject a $240 million hog slaughtering facility being proposed by North Carolina company Prestage Farms. In the end their concerns about environmental issues, water quality and infrastructure won the day and the council voted, in a 3-3 tie. To deny the facility. So, what does backer Gov. Terry Branstad (R-IA) point to? Racism! No, really. He and the spokesperson for Prestage Farms counter that racism played a significant role in the demise of the project. Let me get this straight...Gov. Branstad has no problem in supporting the racist slogans and policies of Donald Trump but he wants to blame Mason City residents for being racist? I know the people who were behind this effort and there was not a hint of racism. If anything Rep. Sharon Steckman (D-Mason City) is one of the most fair and honest people in the Iowa House. I'll take her word over Mr. Branstad...any day.
Moms Demand Action
Yesterday I was with Desmund Adams who is running for the opportunity to represent Iowa's Third Congressional District at a march organized by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense. It was a great opportunity to stand shoulder to shoulder with women (and a few men) who can not tolerate the gun violence that is the scourge of the United States. It is amazing that the same people who support voter identification because they say there is huge amounts of "voter fraud", when there is not, are the same people who do not want comprehensive background checks and logical, sense-able steps to crack down on gun violence in the United States. Every day 297 people in the United States are shot. Every day, on average, 89 people lose their life to gun violence. What in the hell are we doing? We were proud to be with you.
It's Mother's Day...wishing the best to each Mom...my Bride our Daughters and those Mom's who are not with us any longer. Happy Mother's Day...we honor your service. And, Mom...thanks for giving me the opportunity to care for you those many years.