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To the editor,
After two years of trying to put the good work of the nation on hold for no other purpose than to destroy the presidency of the United States of America, haven’t members of a dwindling Republican Party stumbled across any capacity to grasp the futility and folly of their obstreperousness?
Given the interview comments made on last night’s 9/23/12 60 Minutes by the banner bearer of their defeatism, Mitt Romney, it appears that what is left of them at the bottom of the barrel are just waiting to be hauled off to the trash heap of history and discarded among a forgotten past’s bad ideas and worthless contraptions.
WE THE PEOPLE of this nation have rewarding work to do and in moments of reflection of what has and will be done there will also be a few occasions to look back in tribute and remembrance of the road traveled together with
this president and others who also served in troubled times of great achievement—maybe as far back as a previous one of the nation’s greatest, Abe Lincoln. This equally beleaguered servant of all the people ran for a second term in the White House referencing himself as candidate of the Union Party—well reflecting how our nation has and ever
will move on.
Ours is and will be a nation of hope and not hostage.
Obama on Monday will travel to Council Bluffs and Boone for campaign events, aides said this afternoon.
On Tuesday, he will be in Oskaloosa, Marshalltown and Waterloo.
And on Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama will join Obama for campaign events in Dubuque and Davenport.
Free tickets to the event went quickly but you can usually livestream campaign events at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live.
“The president will outline his plan to build an economy that is grown from the middle out, not from the top down, where everyone has a fair shot to succeed and plays by the same set of rules,” according to a press release Monday. “The president will also discuss his plan to pay down our deficit in a balanced way while creating jobs in Iowa and across the country.”
This will be the president’s fourth visit to Iowa this year.
Blog for Iowa will be there!
Thursday, May 24th
Doors open at 4:30 p.m.
Iowa State Fairgrounds
Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center
3000 E. Grand Ave. Des Moines, IA 50317
Guests should arrive at the main entrance of the fairgrounds at the intersection of E. 30th and Grand Ave.
Tickets are not required. Event is open to the public on a first come, first serve basis.
CORALVILLE, Iowa– Yesterday, Blog for Iowa reported that there would be a counter protest to the Americans for Prosperity (AFP) event at the Coralville Holiday Inn. Since our party chair wanted to talk to me on another matter, and he was participating, I decided to spend an hour holding a sign protesting the explosion of corporate money in the political process after the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. The Koch Brothers are the founders of AFP, so the hubbub about Joe the Plumber, Senator Rand Paul and Representative Steve King attending drew me off the campaign trail for a while. I was not disappointed.
First, Joe the Plumber called off. We did not hear why, just that he was not coming. We were told Paul and King did arrive, and the assembled group would be viewing the latest attack ad about President Obama. There were three Johnson County Democrats, the two of us in the photo and a young female college student who took the photo. Emily Schettler of the Iowa City Press Citizen was covering the event and interviewed the three of us before going inside. Her account is here. IMHO she does good work, but then I admire people beginning a career in the fifth estate.
Schettler pointed to what many of us have heard, that AFP “bills itself as a grassroots movement.” What we know is they are more astro-turf, founded by the Koch Brothers, a wealthy pair of Republicans, and their money. They claim to be non-partisan, but everyone who believes that stand on your head.
I hailed a local conservative blogger making his way inside. I had not seen him since the two of us appeared on Talking with… Yale Cohn back in October 2010. He looked at me, said he was not a billionaire (referring to my sign) and went inside. He did not make time to chat, maybe his astro-turf dreams lived on, but I wouldn’t know much about that since he had little to say in person.
Next came a gent who said he came because he was a friend of the organizer. He had some issues with the Des Moines Register, the Iowa City Press Citizen and NBC, but I was not sure why he was telling us about these corporate media outlets. I don’t think he knew I was a blogger. He said something about the Constitution, tried to pick on the young student (who held her own), and when I asked him to tell us more about himself, he said he was going inside.
After a few minutes, we decided that the attendance would not be much more and headed across the parking lot to leave. Two people wearing name tags, presumably hotel staff, hailed us from across the parking lot. We couldn’t hear, so the three of us walked back across the asphalt to talk. They asked what we were doing there. I said we were protesting the AFP event, but were finished. Apparently someone had made an issue of our protest inside. Like many things with the Republicans, they catch on… too little, too late.
~ Paul Deaton is an occasional contributor to Blog for Iowa.