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Support For Kasich At The Caucus

January 21, 2016
Emmetsburg News

To the Editor:

The date of the Iowa caucuses is looming closer and closer, that leap year phenomenon when we have the opportunity to make an outsized impact on the selection of our next president. This is not a responsibility I take lightly, and I'm one of the rare ones who actually enjoys this event -- although I do admit to also enjoying getting past all those phone calls and radio ads! I have always considered myself an independent, willing to vote for a favored candidate from any party or no party on occasion!

This election cycle I was kind of hoping I would be able to attend the Democratic caucus, as I've always had a lot more fun at those. But alas, the candidates I'm offered scare me more than inspire me. It's taken me a while, but I've learned it's dangerous to vote for someone who tells me what I want to hear. Because I want lots of free stuff, a new sports car, more leisure time, and more money. Oh, and world peace and harmony among all mankind, too, while I'm at it, with lots of flowers and pretty animals that all get along with each other and would never think of hurting anyone.

Unfortunately for my dream, reality intruded somewhere along the line. I realized that it's not just what I want that matters, but what that candidate can actually deliver toward making my life, and the world, a little bit better. And ultimately, the realization that most of the responsibility for my happiness lies with me just with me.

But the caucus is about that other person, some person crazy enough to want the presidency, and whether they can help accomplish any of my hopes for me and my world. And to that end, as I look at the candidates, I question "Who can I trust?" "Who do I think can get our economy rolling to benefit all?" "Who will uphold my values, but also respect my opinion and my rights when we disagree?"

Who will endeavor to help the truly needy, but not expect me to pick up the tab for every Tom, Dick, and Harry unwilling to take responsibility for their own welfare? And whom do I think might actually be able to make the world a safer place? (Hint that's not someone who expects me to lay down my gun in hopes that the criminals or despots will do the same, but someone who can build goodwill nevertheless so that hopefully the gun never need be used)

I'm looking for a pragmatic candidate, one with a demonstrated ability to lead, one willing to consider other opinions and reach across the aisle for the good of the country as a whole. I want a proven track record, not someone that needs on the job training or leaves me uncertain as to what their goals and aims truly might be.

When Alabama or Ohio State search for a new football coach, they don't make that hire based on the great promises the applicants make. They look for a record of results, of getting the job done. If we want to remain a great country, shouldn't we be doing the same when selecting a president?

I think we have those candidates running, right here in Iowa, and we have the opportunity to give them a boost toward the presidency. We have a particularly great crop of Republican governors running for the nomination, and one in particular I plan to support at the caucus Feb. 1st John Kasich. I hope you'll consider joining me.

(signed) Fred Wirtz

West Bend, IA



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