by Brian A. Wilkins
1/5/2008 (code refreshed, links updated January 7, 2020)
I was forced to watch coverage of the Iowa Caucuses on state-run, Euro-American media outlets CNN, Fox News, MSNBC. It made for good television, mostly thanks to C-SPAN. CNN reporter Soledad O’Brien’s made many references to Iowa “choosing a black guy.” Fox News people continually called Obama “articulate and well-spoken.” Regardless, the final results proved something about my home state of Iowa.
Iowa’s population is more than 95 percent European American and less than 3 percent Nubian American (“black”). I was born and raised in a small town in central Iowa. I was one of maybe twelve Nubian students who attended my high school of about 1,700 total students. The Iowa Caucuses proved to be a microcosm of my childhood and an unexpected surprise.
I didn’t believe Iowa would pick Senator Barack Obama for the Democratic ticket. But now I find myself asking why not Iowa, and more specifically my hometown? Iowa is one of few places in this country I feel like an American and not a “black.” My 25-plus years in the state was essentially a long case study of Euro-America. The results of said case study were definitive.
Iowans are just Americans. Granted there will always be a few inbreds in the Euro-American community that ruin it for all, similar to the sheep of the “black” community. But Iowa showed that America wants change. Obama is young and full of ideas for a country that has been run into the ground over the past eight years by the Bush League.
Can this momentum from Iowa propel Obama to the White House? CNN and Fox News believe that if a “white” state like Iowa selected Obama, than the rest of America can too. But don’t be so sure of that. Iowa is a state of reasonable Americans who want what’s best for the country.
Senator Hillary Clinton and Obama are tied in New Hampshire, according to polls. But those polls mean very little. John Edwards placed second in Iowa despite polls showing him well behind both his primary adversaries. The northeast (New England) is not the Midwest. People who otherwise never vote will come out of their caves just to keep Obama out of the White House. Iowa is a nice start. But you can’t generalize a country of 300 million people by the results of a state with only three million people. Still, it makes for some good television over the next ten months.
I’m a registered independent. I’ve already decided to vote on the Democratic side for this election. The most name-worthy Republican is Rudy Giuliani. The GOP front-runner is Mike Huckabee. Who? Huckabee made a statement that should turn off black voters. He said the “Ronald Reagan mold” of politics is his thing. Thus if Huckabee is elected President, expect thousands of Nubian American men to be sent to prison for decades for petty crimes.
The Reagan Administration was proud of it’s 1986 crime bill. It made crack-cocaine the only controlled substance with federal mandatory minimum sentencing. Black people are the primary users of crack cocaine. Possession of Euro-American-dominated substances, like powdered cocaine and methamphetamine, have no such mandatory sentencing. Reagan also spend billions on further privatizing prisons for profit. But said prison make no profit unless they are filled with inmates. Bill Clinton’s 1994 Crime Bill strengthened Reagan’s version. Thus I won’t be voting for Hillary Clinton.
Huckabee seems like a nice guy. He is the antithesis of Bush-league. That should be enough to keep him relevant for the next few months. The “Baptist minister” thing helped him in Iowa too. Giuliani’s skipped Iowa for some strategic purpose. Not sure if that will help or hurt him.
The GOP race will come down to those two. Senator John McCain is a Bush clone with no chance. Mitt Romney is too fake. His Mormon faith may catch up to him as well. He did win the GOP nomination at the Wyoming Caucuses today, however.