Friday, January 04, 2008

Are the Poeple of Iowa and the State of Iowa Important? You Bet. Huckabee Triumphs Over Romney and Obama Tops Edwards and Clinton in Iowa Caucus.

The very popular Bill Bryson writes in his books that "I come from Des Moines Iowa, someone had to", and he is not alone, for there are many who call Iowa and the Midwest their home. Iowa is a part of the flat, endless midwestern plains of the United States, that recall F. Scott Fitzgerald's vision of Great Gatsby's "vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night".

But it is in those dark fields of the republic that the future is often born, far from the city lights of the more sophisticated Eastern or Western shores and places such as Great Neck or Manhasset Neck on Long Island (Gatsby's West Egg and East Egg) or Malibu in California.

No, I am not from Iowa... but posts of subsequent kind deserve a rebuttal:

Martin Lewis at the Huffington Post in his ironical attempt at humor writes:

"The Iowa caucuses are a pathetic fraud. A massive subversion of the democratic process. A colossal waste of time, money and effort. They cause grievous harm to the body politic....

Iowa is a hick, farming state with about 1 million inhabitants. Most of whom are apparently too stupid to move to important states. (But let's give them a pass on that.) Among famous Iowans? Donna Reed, Ashton Kutcher and Marion Morrison (or "John Wayne" as the reactionary draft-dodger renamed himself)....

Whoever wins Iowa (so the convention goes) -- gets a "bounce" that will somehow impact the voters in the next primary states. People so frigging stupid that they allow something as precious as their vote to be influenced because of the prior choice of a few self-important hayseeds in Iowa. Wow! What a giant step for democracy and empowerment THAT has been!"


Actually, Iowa has nearly THREE million inhabitants, contrary to the only one million asserted in that posting, and, from that same Iowa source we learn about Iowa that:
  • Iowa ranks first in beef, pork, corn, soybean and grain production.
  • One Iowa family farm grows enough food and fiber to feed 279 people [LawPundit note: something to think about the next time you sit down to have a bite....]
  • The world's first electronic digital computer was built and operated by researchers at Iowa State University in the 1930's. [LawPundit note: something to think about the next time a blog posting is communicated via PC....]
  • The largest source of personal income for Iowans is manufacturing.
  • Iowa students' ACT and SAT scores rank among the top five states.
  • The high school graduation rate is 88%; 17% above the national average.
  • Iowa has more golf courses per capita, than any other state.
In other words, not just a bunch of hayseeds in Iowa .... no way. Iowa has more.

Iowa has also produced some people beyond John Wayne who have had a tremendous impact on America through the media, e.g. Johnny Carson, the incomparable TV talk show host, who grew up in Nebraska, but was born in Corning, Iowa. If anything, Carson had the gift for feeling the pulse of his public, and many other similarly popular talk show hosts hail from the dark fields of the Midwest: e.g. Dick Cavett, born in Nebraska, as well as other journalists who had that special gift for interacting with people's needs and feelings, like journalist Ann Landers, born in Iowa.

Our American history books would fall short without "Buffall Bill" Cody, born in Iowa.

What would "Moon River" be like without singer Andy Williams, born in Iowa. The attraction of early cinema without Iowa-born Lillian Russell would just not be the same. How about the generations of youngsters raised on the Ozzie and Harriet Show with a Harriet Nelson born as Peggy Lou Snyder in Des Moines, Iowa. Just imagine the millions who have watched the Ringling Brothers Circus, formed by a family hailing from Iowa. And if you ever hear the music of the Glenn Miller Band, be happy, for he too was an Iowa boy.

Also born in Iowa is James (Alfred) Van Allen, known for his many contributions to science, or Harry (Ferdinand Olson) who made inventive contributions to the directional microphone and developed the first electronic music synthesizer.

We can add the 31st President of the United States, Herbert Hoover, to our list of Iowa-born, or President Ike Eisenhower's Iowa-born wife Mamie, who became known as the national model of femininity.

We salute the people of Iowa, whose vote ... counts.

Bill O'Reilly at Fox News asks Should You Care About the Iowa Vote? and answers "not really" but we think that he too may not appreciate just what Iowa is all about in downplaying the Iowa Caucus results. These had stunning and unexpected outcomes that will undoubtedly set the tone for the remainder of the process that determines the nominees of the Republican Party and the Democratic Party for the 2008 US Presidential Election.

We posted previously on Law Pundit about the upcoming 2008 Presidential Election, but the Iowa results have already shaken the primary election picture substantially. As Greg Flakus in Des Moines, Iowa writes at the Voice of America News:

"Large Turnout in Iowa Caucus Brings Victory to Obama, Huckabee".

Barack Obama, a Senator from Illinois, and Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, each triumphed over other previously favored mainstream candidates of the respective Democratic and Republican political parties.

The result is that it is a new ball game, because of Iowa. The Iowa vote counts. Just try accessing those biographies on Wikipedia - we did - and found them to be accessible only with difficulty. Because of Iowa, people around the world are looking to see who these gentlemen are - you better believe it.

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