People never fail to surprise and this election year has brought some folks out of the weeds. Welcome to Sunday Morning Coffee my weekly thought list on stories you might have heard or perhaps not. Each is tinted with my own "Left Wing, Red Tool of Hanoi, Commie Bastard" world view. See I admit it right out of the gate. Grab a cup, sit down and let's have some fun!
I love going to the Iowa State Fair. Where else can you get such an interesting cross section of...animals. Then there is the watching and listening to the homo-sapiens who frequent say, The Bud Tent or better yet the Channel 13 booth where people "vote" for president by dropping a kernel of corn in a mason jar. So very Iowa!
This week I ran into a international affairs policy expert who said, loud enough for everybody within eight feet to hear, "So, who do you think ISIS is most afraid of?" Nobody in his group answered and I knew where this was going because I've heard it before so I turned around and said, "Gee, I don't know why don't you tell me." He took a long swig of his $10 beer and said, "Well who do you think?" I said, "Gosh, I don't know but you look to be a smart guy who keeps up on current events...who?" He stopped walking and said, "Trump. ISIS is afraid of Trump!" Me: "Why?" And, this is where it gets fun. He looks at me and says, "Because Trump means what he says. ISIS was created by Obama and Hillary is just another Obama tool who will help build ISIS so they can attack us here." Me: "I see. And, how is it that you know so much about international policy?" My new friend said, "Because I pay attention. I listen to the news and I watch the news and I KNOW what is going on. My radio is always on WHO and I watch FOX so I can get the real story."
Once again proof that if I am ever in trouble with the law I'm opting for a bench trial rather than a jury trial.
The Exodus Continues
Last week a former Reagan, Bush official formally endorsed Hillary Clinton for president saying Donald Trump was,unfit and unqualified to be president. "I have never voted for a Democrat, but I will vote for Secretary Clinton," Robert H. Tuttle said in a statement.
Tuttle served as an assistant to President Reagan and worked as his director of presidential personnel. He was appointed ambassador to Britain during the presidency of George W. Bush.
Meanwhile the Trump campaign had quite a week. As our friend Tim Lloyd indicates with this weeks cartoon the GOP has been so busy walking things back that they have become experts at the Michael Jackson Moonwalk.
I was busy working on a project when she came by so I did not engage the canvasser who was working the neighborhood for the Iowa GOP. I so wish I had stopped and had the conversation. I'm told she came to the door wearing a Trump t-shirt with all sorts of campaign materials for the usual suspects, Iowa House member Chris Hagenow (R-Windsor Heights), Rep. David Young (R-IA) and candidate for Polk County Sheriff, Dan Charleston. It would have been an interesting discussion. I should have taken the time.
So, here is a flash for you Democrats sitting on your hands. You had best get busy and volunteer for your candidates. If they are out knocking on Democratic doors...they are working it.
Shooting in Milwaukee
By now you know there was yet another police shooting. Milwaukee police say an officer, wearing a body camera, confronted a man who was armed and demanded the young man drop his weapon. The man did not and the officer shot and killed him. That led to some violent demonstrations that quickly moved into arson and bricks being thrown at the police.
If you live in the white suburbs, as I do, it is hard to comprehend until you journey into the neighborhoods that are mostly inhabited by people of color. Then you begin to get a sense of the anger and frustration. I've lived through all of this before and watched my hometown of Detroit go up in flames. Sadly, the way we treat each other has not much changed since 1967. If you poorly educated and under employed white folks are angry and ready to elect a guy like Donald Trump...you can begin to understand the angst of the "inner-city".
I was walking behind an older couple down the Grand Concourse of the Iowa State Fair. He was in slacks and a long-sleeve shirt and she was in a dress wearing a head-scarf. I hung back several feet just so I could watch the reaction of the people they passed. It was stunning. Women and men would nudge their friends or partners and point. Two men, with arms crossed over their chest just glared at the couple. Another said loud enough for everyone to hear, "USA!".
On they walked, quietly, through a gauntlet of anger.
You should be ashamed.
Speaking of the Iowa State Fair it's scary to consider that the Fair Board actually considered allowing concealed weapons onto the fairgrounds. I'm sure that some were already packing but can you imagine the Bud Tent at 11:30pm and firearms? What could go wrong? But, it's not over. I was told they may bring this up again next year.
It's a busy week ahead. On Monday I get to attend a fund-raiser at the home of my friends David and Liz Adleman in support of State Senator Mike Gronstal (D-Council Bluffs) and the Iowa State Senate Democrats.
Then on Thursday evening it's on to the Polk County Democratic Women's Event at the home of Roxanne Conlin. This is going to be special as we have 11 women in the Des Moines Metro seeking statehouse offices and each has a very good chance of getting elected and flipping the Iowa House. Special guests at the event will be Sec. of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and former Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack. It will be fun to see them both again.
OK, that's it. Time to move along with Sunday and maybe...take in the fair? I am a masochist. Have a great week and thanks for reading!