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Why Iowa? I'll tell you why

Saturday, January 7, 2012

There are many arguments being made for stripping Iowa of its "first in the nation" status when it comes to Presidential politics.

Elites on both coasts have been taking their fair share of knocks at the Iowa caucus process and the hard working people of the Hawkeye state.

Even one of our own, a long time professor at the U of I, helped back up the beliefs of many, that Iowa is a state comprised of simple-minded hicks and hayseeds who clutch their Bibles close to their chests and complain about the weather regardless of the conditions, with his recent article in The Atlantic and appearances on TV.

They talk about things like virtue, faith and small-town living as though there's something wrong with it. And yes, by small-town living, we're talking Des Moines, Davenport, Cedar Rapids and Sioux City too.

That's how those "intelligent" people who choose to choke down smog, spend two hours a day growling in traffic, and pay thousands of dollars a month on mortgages for homes in crime-ridden cities, view us.

We're the dumb ones?

But let's step away from breaking down the obvious benefits of big city living, and answer the question: Why Iowa?

It's grassroots politics at its finest.

Citizens who are interested and really looking to take a role in sorting out the candidates for President, get a chance to get up close and personal.

Rather than just getting the debates and stump speeches, Iowans have an opportunity to shake the hand, looking into the eyes, and ask important questions about jobs, the economy, war, education, taxes, social issues, and yes, even faith.

I was taken to task four years ago, by then-Democratic hopeful Barack Obama's press people, for daring to ask questions about our current President's faith. With a reported Muslim parent and an atheist parent, I felt it was a fair question. After all, the guy wants a job where he gets to put his finger on the buzzer, I felt we should probably know where he turns to guidance when he needs to make crucial decisions. And despite the objections of his press folks, I had a chance to ask that question.

Stump speeches and debates seldom allow for that.

And contrary to popular belief, Iowans are pretty common sense folks, something that Washington, and apparently many in the coastal wisdom capitols seem to be missing.

So yes, I would argue that Iowa more than deserves to continue testing the pulse and asking the questions of those that would seek the job of the most powerful person in the world. Someone has to do it, and who better than folks who tend to put faith, family and country first.

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Randy Cauthron
One Man's Perspective