Happy New Year 2012 to all of you! I hope you had an enjoyable New Years Eve that was drama-free and safe.
Over the past couple of weeks, there has been plenty of criticism towards the state of Iowa with respects to the start of the political campaign/election season. The ongoing question is “why Iowa?” Well, why “New Hampshire?”, “Why South Carolina?”
This isn’t about Stephen Bloom’s article in The Atlantic, and in some way, this isn’t about Tuesday’s caucus.
It’s the national media’s continued effort to demonize Iowa as a “no-name” state that should have no business being in existence. They’re probably saying the same thing about the Dakotas, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. To the west coast media, we’re not “liberal” enough. To the east coast media, we’re not “refined” for their taste.
If that’s the case, then why didn’t California be the first to legalize same-sex marriages and why didn’t New York make the push to be the first to hold a caucus or a primary?
If that “Raucous Before the Caucus” media-only event at the World Food Prize didn’t make the media understand about our fair state, then it’s time to fight fire with fire.
Honestly, I’m tired of it. I’m tired of having to defend my state by pointing out that Iowa is a lot more than simple life, agriculture, and feeding wannabe Presidents at the Pizza Ranch and Java Joes. We have issues and problems just like Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago and Minneapolis. I’ve said it as much in my rebuttal to Dr. Bloom.
Today, I’m not going to reiterate it. I’ll let Scott Siepker tell you what Iowans really want to tell the national media, on and off camera. Scott gets a little assist from my friend Van Holmgren.
To his credit, Scott isn’t going to play “nice”, so you have been warned…
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