...and an announcement
Listened to your second podcast, I believe you are on a roll and are doing it with real people that are responding with real life situations. It resinates with people in "fly over land". The Fox news watcher is too used to being bombarded with twisted facts brought to him by announcers who could really use some anger management treatment. The independent and less flippant person is looking for something that is logical and not sold to the highest bidder. Something that tells then simply the facts and the way real people are feeling, exactly what you are marketing, so keep it up, I believe it is working! Steve
It's the damndest question. Everybody has an opinion on how and why the people of Iowa shifted their expectations of government. I think the answers can be found in the facts, (if we are capable of agreeing on the facts). Fact: technology has changed every aspect of the means of communication among people and communities. Fact: the distribution of wealth has never been more uneven in America. Fact; The once evenly distributed population in Iowa no longer exists. Rapid in-state migration has hollowed out rural cultures and economies. Fact: change demands adaptation, which takes time. Change can generate a sense of loss and fear of the future. Fact: people need security, they want rules in society for protection. When threatened they respond with fight or flight. Fact: people are aware they live in sharply contrasting lifestyles. Fact: politicians use manipulation and disinformation that exploit fears and pit segments of the population against each other. Opinion: we are jiving through a period of disruption.
It's simple, the republican strategy is to get people to vote against the future. In the 30s Iowa farmers often had two pictures on the wall: Jesus and FDR! Jesus saved your life and FDR saved your farm! If we all asked ourselves what kind of Iowa do we want leave our children and grandchildren it would much different politics.
I miss Rekha's writing in the Register. And I'm old enough to remember Julie's dad's column!! The Register has gone downhill. I hope these two can figure out what is wrong here. Look to Terrace Hill and the legislature. They all seem to be on the Trump gravy train.
So glad you two are asking (and seeking to answer) this nettlesome question.
So looking forward to this podcast. This is a question I have posed from afar for quite a few years now. I moved away from Iowa nineteen years ago in 2004, but my heat never abandoned the state. Although not a native while growing up, I visited my grandparents every summer as my mother was from Iowa. It was with some surprise that my husband’s job took us to Iowa. After twenty years of Iowa living, I reluctantly followed my husband again for a job. I’ve kept Iowa very much close to me as I moved from state to state in the Midwest. I was proud of serving on an Iowa school board and working in Iowa’s fine schools. I was proud of being involved in the Iowa caucuses and the balance and quality of Iowa political life. Maybe I kept Iowa close in my heart because my four children grew up there and we forged ties that will forever be unbroken. So, yes, please try to answer that question about the state that is dearest to my heart.
I’d love to know why many rural Iowans think The Epoch Times a more reliable news source than traditional media outlets employing respected journalists. It does not provide local news and is not without bias, despite its claims.
I find myself wondering what happened to Boomers who used to protest the things that are going on now? As a younger Boomer I see us all sitting back and letting it happen. When the BLM stood up, that was great but where are they now? And the students who formed for gun reform after the Parkland shootings, they were wonderful, but where have they gone? How many candidates were there on the D side for governor?? Where was everyone? Why are we all so angry and yet not doing anything? All those people who don't vote are one of the many problems. But I think we are all the problem. This is not the Iowa I was born and raised in.
Iowans since 1996, we are looking forward to hearing Julie and Rekha talk with other Iowans about the changes of recent years. No doubt many factors contribute to political, social, and cultural change. Certainly the recent pandemic (is it really "over"?) and decades of expensive, destabilizing, demoralizing foreign wars have taken their toll. Here are a few questions I hope you will address: Does there come a point when it is safe to say that peace is patriotic? If not, dare we exercise our First Amendment right to do so anyway? Is it possible to ameliorate the worst aspects of bitter political divisions without readily recognizing when "the other side" has a valid point of view? Is there anything to be gained by comparing and contrasting the changes we've seen in Iowa with developments in other states? LA Progressive recently published a piece titled, "Right-Wing Freedom Caucus Brings More Democracy to US House: The Freedom Caucus is waging war for internal democracy within the US House of Representatives. We should support the efforts despite their policy excesses." Gasp! If we can't find a way to unite behind the issues that matter most, such as opposition to the rush toward a hot war with another nuclear weapons superpower, all other issues may prove inconsequential, sooner rather than later. What the hell? What else is there to do at the end of the world? Peace is patriotic.
I’d love to know what is going on, I am heartbroken. My husband and I wonder if we want to retire here anymore.
I left Iowa for New Mexico in 2021. After my entire 57 years as an Iowan, Reynolds response to Covid (especially to DMPS response trying to keep students safe) was the kicker to an increasingly depressing decline of politicians actually caring, listening and responding to their constituents. My wife was a 20+ year employee of DMPS and we saw the writing on the wall. Iowa was no longer safe and no longer represented our values. We are saddened by the incredible decline of humanity and reasonable thought in our former state. Perhaps you can help us understand why.
I look forward to this venture very much!