How Does It Make You Feel, Iowa?

By: Debra Marlin

How does it make you feel, Iowa… that we may lose the caucus because of the rigged and incompetent DNC and IDP?

How does it make you feel, Iowa… that Bernie Sanders won the caucus popular vote?

How does it make you feel, Iowa… that a candidate is claiming delegate victory with the only count that can’t currently be verified?

How does it make you feel, Iowa… that the DNC media spin will blame “older, ignorant” Iowans for the reporting fiasco and errors, like some already have?
How does it make you feel, Iowa… that our current caucus rules limit some Iowans with disabilities, or shift workers from attending.

How does it make you feel, Iowa.. that our local and state government representatives do not reflect the diversity of our state?

How does it make you feel, Iowa… to have an economy of poverty in rural Iowa?

How does it make you feel, Iowa… to vote for the rich? Will the billionaires provide for you as they suck money from our local economies?

How does it make you feel, Iowa… to see your neighbors struggling to get to the doctor, to see people with their teeth falling out from lack of dental care, chemotherapy, or drugs?

How does it make you feel, Iowa… to see friends, family, or neighbors with mental health issues, and realizing they may never get the help they need?

How does it make you feel, Iowa… to see friends dying of cancer and they’re worrying about medical bills while on their death bed?

How does it make you feel, Iowa… when you see a car at the park handing out peanut butter sandwiches to children during summer break?

How does it make you feel, Iowa… when we have plenty of water but it’s contaminated? Really…how does it make you feel, Iowa… or are you numb from the onslaught and hopeless, thinking it can’t change?

How does it make you feel, Iowa… to think we have a chance to change the system to benefit all people and not just corporations?

How does it make you feel, Iowa… when we help our neighbors and realize the local politician we just voted into office doesn’t really care?

How does it make you feel, Iowa… to realize the decisions we make locally, in our cities, towns, caucuses, and state, can save Iowa and save a piece of the world? Our People. Our World. Our Iowa.

How does it make you feel, Iowa… to know our future is in our hands if we so choose?

How does it make you feel, Iowa… to know we are not just Iowa Nice…but Iowa Right?

How does it make you feel Iowa… to know we can course correct our future?

How does it make you feel, Iowa… to know we have beautiful pastoral land and a state full of kind, giving souls?

How does it make you feel, Iowa… to know we have plentiful sources of water and a charge to keep it clean?

How does it make you feel, Iowa… to know we are becoming sustainable?

How does it make you feel, Iowa… to know we can knock on our politician’s doors? It all starts here, at home, in Iowa.

Let’s feel better about Iowa again. Let’s turn our state’s policies into caring about our neighbors, our children, our land, water, education and small businesses again.

How does that make you feel, Iowa?

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