Cooler weather and hot Sunday Morning Coffee...what could be better. My name is Michael Libbie and I get up early on Sunday and write about politics, religion and the stuff that we should never talk about. Some of the stories you've seen others you may have missed but they all have commentary sometimes fun..often not so much. Forgive me for this brief posting. Running for public office takes a bunch of time and I get to knock doors this morning and this afternoon. I'll get better after November 7th. Let's go!
The Business of Dysfunction
When the people of the United States elected "45" as their president it was a decision that has rocked the world. Some of you voted for him because you could not stand Hillary Clinton. Some of you stayed home in protest. Some of you voted for "45" because you believed that he was going to go to work and lift up your life and make it better. So, how is that working out for you? The "massive tax reform package" is not aimed at helping the missing middle class. Hell, the GOP can't even define who the middle class is. For some it's $80,000 a year to others it's $400,000 a year in wages. And the dysfunction continues. Nice going.
Since the murder of 58 people in Las Vegas (remember that?) our nation remains stuck on what to do. Last week I outlined what should happen but the political will of our nation is weak when it comes to protecting Americans from gun violence. However, we are really good at labels, pointing fingers and blaming others for our weakness and inability to act. They used to call it "kick the can" now we don't even try. Remember when only 5% own 50% of the guns in the US we ain't a "well regulated militia" but we are being held hostage by those who care little about any lives. Weary. (Cartoon - Tim Lloyd)
John K Delaney
He was back in Iowa. Congressman John Delaney (D-MD) made a return visit to our state. Many of you know he is the first to declare a run for president in 2020. He was at the Third District Democratic Honors Dinner last night. There he gave an impassioned speech focused on what we CAN do to move our nation forward: "We are frozen and we must, for the good of our nation, lead for the future. We should focus on the things we as Americans can agree on, build on opportunity for disadvantaged areas" And then he said this: "My friends we can not win the future by saying how bad the president is, we must give the American people answers to solve the issues that impact them." There will be many more coming through our state but he is right. We can not be the party and the people of "No!" we must be the party of possibilities.
Third District Iowa Democrats Dinner
It really was a great event as Democrats here in the Third Congressional District gathered to honor, among others former Congressman Leonard Boswell (D-IA) for his service to our nation. State Representative Scott Ourth (D-Ackworth) a former staffer and friend of Congressman Boswell accepted the award. Leonard is battling cancer. The video message from Congressman Boswell, and the acceptance speech by Scott were wonderful and heartfelt. If you missed this event you truly missed a grand opportunity to hear words of love and compassion.
The list gets long. Those honored at the Third District Dinner last night included some great friends June Owens, Bryce Smith, Polk County Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald, the Pottawattamie County Democrats (Linda Nelson & Team), State Rep. Charlie McConkey (D-Council Bluffs) and former Polk County Chair (for 19 years) Tom Henderson. Thank you all for your service and it was inspiring to be with you. When Tom Henderson spoke he directed his comments and ended with four critical thoughts: 1) Volunteers are everything and they always show up; 2) As Democrats we must stick together; 3) History shows that when the GOP is in power they break stuff and the Democrats come back to fix it. "We see that today in our federal government and here in Iowa they have made things a mess and 2018 and 2020 bode well for Democrats"; 4) "Run for office and run for the people any other reason will not work". (Click the PHOTO to ENLARGE)
I gotta go! I am sorry for the very brief issue of Sunday Morning Coffee. But, before I head out to knock doors and do phone time calling voters in Windsor Heights a shout out to my friend and the hardest working Democrat in Polk County Tamyra Harrison. Always willing to take the back-seat and lift up others she is an amazing worker and has a heart of pure gold. Thank you Taymra and BTW should you know of somebody looking for an amazing organizer and worker hit her up on Facebook. She is fantastic!
Last night I got to see some old friends from my days in Fort Dodge. It was great to connect again with Sheri and Jerry Fitzgerald. Oh...those Webster County Democrats. Thank you, always, for your friendship.
Knocking in the Rain:
If you would like to keep up on my campaign to help push the City of Windsor Heights forward rather than go back in time stop by my website MichaelLibbie.com and check out the BLOG Page. I get to update that on a regular basis. If you are so inclined and you have any dollars left after last night a check to People for Libbie would be great the office address is 2815 100th Street #382, Urbandale, Iowa 50322. Follow me on Twitter @MichaelLibbie. My cell phone is 515-570-2220 and I answer it. And my campaign email is MPLibbie@gmail.com.
Thank you for reading, have a great Sunday and let's DO this thing!.