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Monday, June 23, 2014

Clovis, TR, and WWJD


That's a political rally right here in Alton, circa 1903. That's Teddy Roosevelt gesturing off the caboose of that train, making a stump speech, I'm sure, to a couple hundred locals. Good old days, right?

I didn't pay much attention to the primary races this year in Iowa. I'm just not that cranked about politics these days, when any discussion thereof brews up so much hostility you'd think that what's at the root of all the evil is money, which may well be true.

What I couldn't miss were these street signs. Any trip around the county made it clear that this Sam Clovis was the huge favorite with the locals.


Now no county in America is as true-blue Republican as this one. Two years ago, our own Steve King, a man capable of ID-ing undocumented workers by the size of their calves, won bigger in this county than anywhere in the state. 

All those Clovis signs meant he had to be, religiously speaking, the chosen, or so it seemed to this Calvinist. That's why I was flummoxed when a candidate named Joni Ernst got the Republican nod apparently for having grown up castrating hogs. Someone out flanked Sioux County Republicans--on the right? Say it ain't so.

Apparently, Clovis was the sweetheart of Christian conservatives, of which there are more than a few about. Iowa's Mr. Christian Conservative, Bob Vander Plaats, a northwest Iowan himself, supported Sam Clovis, while Ms. Ernst was a favorite of the party establishment, including the Gov, who determined she could win when Clovis--too hard-line CC!--couldn't, even if he could sweep Sioux County. 

Sam Clovis lost, but he didn't quit. He went to his website and just scratched in the word "Treasurer" instead of "Senate." He's still running, just walked back his ambitions. Watch for him. Shouldn't be difficult. He's hard to miss.


I just now read that Candidate Clovis had said somewhere that there were enough votes in the House to impeach President Obama; and, if he'd be there, he'd vote for it himself. No wonder Sioux County liked him. We haven't had a good old impeachment hearing since Clinton. 

George W got a pass, of course.  He got us into a war over weapons of mass destruction that weren't there. Thousands of people died--including 4500 Americans. Hey, what the heck--everyone else was wrong too, you know. Besides, W was a Christian. Obama's a Muslim.

Last week the South Dakota Republicans officially called for Obama's impeachment for the five-terrorist swap for that turncoat Bergdahl, the bald-faced lie about keeping your insurance under Obamacare, and seven other deadly sins. "I've got a thick notebook of impeachable offenses of the President," said the guy who sponsored the South Dakota resolution. It passed.

Among this country's conservatives, hate's become a virtue.

Research indicates the most conservative burgs in their respective states are not only close to home, they're heavy laden with wooden shoes. In Minnesota, it's a tiny place named Prinsburg, which is almost exclusively Dutch Reformed. In Iowa the hot spot is Doon, just up the road. In Wisconsin, it's Oostburg, where I was born and reared. 

What does that say?  It says that somewhere down the road of life I went far, far astray. Today, if voting laws stipulated you had to have a Dutch name to participate, Obama would long ago have been back in Oahu.

Once upon a time right here in Alton, a whole crowd of people showed up to greet Teddy Roosevelt, a candidate for President who ran on a ticket determined--get this!--to control big business. That's right. Let me say that again: "to control big business." 

If it wasn't for the mustache, you could mistake TR for Elizabeth Warren.


And he was a Republican.

And he was a Dutchman.

Look at that crowd.  It's almost embarrassing.  Wonder what they think of us in Doon?

10 comments:

Bill O'Reilley said...

You need to expand your information sources to more than just Rachel Madcow.

jdb said...

NW Iowa a strange place politically. Economists struggle to explain how and why so many can vote so often against their own self interest. A few catch phrases seem to be all that is required to succeed in politics. Rep. King is just one example. Here in SW Minnesota, we are represented by moderate DFL US reps. The little Dutch ghettos in our area are simply are not enough to control rather diverse, but conservative, rural congressional districts. Meeting with our Rep. Saturday afternoon (Colin Peterson), he remarked how lonely it was in the middle in Washington. Our system favors those who run for the fences, right or left. Have we as a Christian community, or maybe communities, been partly to blame for this change? The nomination process, at least on the Republican side in our part of the world, has been heavily dominated by the "Christian Right". Being "right on the issues" is more important than a willingness to work together to solve problems. Both electoral success and legislative effectiveness seem to suffer for candidates so selected. Is there another way?

Anonymous said...

I don't see this as HATE whatsoever. It's a complete distrust in this admin. A run down of the scandals. Fast & Furious. Solyndra-like scandals. Benghazi (3 scandals in 1). NSA. AP scandal. ObamaCare "Pinnochio" scandal. IRS, which continues to get worse and worse. I.C.E. scandal (the release of thousands of murderers, rapists, kidnappers, and other felons onto our streets). The VA scandal. AND, most recently, the CIA "blown cover". Really Jim, and its all racists and hatred by the RIGHT. This makes Nixon look like an alter boy.

Anonymous said...

Shoot, I didn't even mention the Bergdahl trade or the immigration fiasco happening on the borders. And when you look closely at all these supposed scandals created by the GOP, each and everyone gets more and more lies to cover them up. You know how humans can do that. We lie once, then we have to lie some more to cover up the 1st lie. AND it goes on and on. Never ends until WE GET CAUGHT.

J.P. Morgan said...

Has everybody forgot about the debt. $17,000,000,000,000. DOUBLED since this guy took office. Too many other things going on we forget about it altogether.

Anonymous said...

"Among this country's conservatives, hate's become a virtue."

Who said?

JCS, you seem to be a self-appointed judge who has decided to be intolerant of conservatives. How intolerant can you be?

This is arrogance rooted in hatred.

Anonymous said...

"Among this country's conservatives, hate's become a virtue."

Who said?

JCS, you seem to be a self-appointed judge who has decided to be intolerant of conservatives. How intolerant can you be?

This is arrogance rooted in hatred.

Anonymous said...

I don't see much difference between Republicans and Democrats. Neither one seems to be humbling themselves and praying. Shoot our own churches can't get a crowd to come together to pray about crops or government, why should our politicians. It is all about power and greed to name a few. It is so easy to point fingers, but not so easy to bend the knee.

Anonymous said...

At least this, the Republicans did not have to fight to have God placed back in their platform.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the reality presented. It's very uncommon to go against the grain here, very brave! I appreciate your continued demonstrations of the CR tradition as being made of thinkers (I assume you are/were CR).
FYI to the commenter above, Dutch Americans live in enclaves not ghettos. We weren't put into certain spots, nor are they slums :)