Congratulations Iowa

This past weekend, I was in Minnesota for a wedding.  Specifically, I was in Spicer, Minnesota, home to Green Lake, with my husband for a friend’s wedding. 

While I was there, I was reminded of some important things.

1.    Take more weekends away with your spouse.

2.    Leave your cell phone in the car to enjoy nature.

3.    Don’t overschedule a trip.

I also noticed something peaceful while I was in the hotel. We were watching the Sunday Morning Show on CBS and there were no presidential ads.  None.  There were local ads, but no Hillary and no Donald.  Have Mercy!

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There were smear ads for a Minnesota congressional seat, but that was run twice during the 90-minute show.  I remember when I lived in Indianapolis and the presidential ads only ran a few months before the election.  In the 2008 election, I got the other information on the candidates from the debates (gasp) and The Today Show.  When I visited Iowa that fall, there were political ads back-to-back-to-back-to-back during the Sunday Morning Show.  I remember thinking it was something I didn’t miss by living in the Hoosier State.

Iowa doesn’t have many electoral votes, not like Ohio and certainly not like Florida, but Iowa is a battleground state for better for worse.

Iowans have endured a lot in the 2016 presidential campaign.  The candidates kicked things off a year ago and it has been full steam ahead since the February caucuses.

On Facebook, I have read fellow Iowan's political posts and after reading the comment section I wonder how they don’t kill each other.  Or hate each other when they are face-to-face.  Families are getting divided and defensive over their choice of candidate. 

As a battleground state, Iowans do not get enough credit for being smacked upside the head with political propaganda.  I am here to say, “Congratulations Iowa”.  We have almost made it to the finish line.  I am looking forward to reclaiming our lives free of politics on November 9th, hopefully with our friends and family relationships still intact. 

Whilst we don’t get credit for suffering through the political turmoil, Iowans should be proud that our opinions are very important.  On that closing note, I hope you go out and vote.