Shelly and I made it to the polls last night just under the wire (7:50 p.m.). I always feel so good after voting. It’s a patriotic feeling. We talked to our freshman son before we went to the fire station to vote, and he told us his opinions. It was good insight into a 14 year-old brain. He was influenced by TV ads. For him, the less negative the better. It appears he’s pretty good at knowing what stretches the truth in those ads as well. We really don’t talk politics much around our house, but apparently our children talk amongst themselves when we are gone. They can do it without being depressed as they have no idea how their thoughts will affect their bank accounts or lifestyle someday! Our family visited DC this summer when we delivered our 15 year-old son to debate camp (I think one of these kids will end up in school there). While there, I gave a homeless man $5. He said, “You must be a Democrat!” I paused for a minute and said, “No, I think that I am a moderate Republican.” I think it’s funny that the longest political conversation I had had in a while was with a homeless man in DC! My father was a union carpenter and a Catholic. I ended up going to medical school and had to listen to most of my attending physicians tell me how evil the Clinton’s were. It’s no wonder I ended up somewhere in the middle. Bottom line is that I will “render to Caesar what is Caesar’s” and just fight the good fight each day. It’s what I see all these good Iowans doing each day.
So I woke up this morning and saw that Republicans took control of the Senate. Despite having the House & Senate, with a Dem in the White House we can continue to rest safely in the arms of gridlock (we can all breathe easy; can you imagine the mess if our legislators actually tried to DO something?) Our new senator is Joni Ernst. OK, so she grew up on a farm. She has castrated pigs. She was an Air Force Lieutenant Colonel. My sister grew up in Omaha, married an Iowa farmer, and has castrated pigs. She is a loving and tender-hearted person. My brother retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel. He is the most honest, fiscally conservative person I know. If she has a combination of those same traits we’ll be OK. (Senator Harkin was in the Senate for three decades. I want her to be mindful of his former constituents as well.) My son is one of the smartest people I know. It turns out that “his” candidates won! (I will always find a way to find the silver lining in any result!). So, if you voted – good job! If you didn’t, try to do so next time. It feels good. God Bless America!
Whoever said, ‘It’s not whether you win or lose that counts,’ probably lost. – Martina Navratilova
-Dr. Michael Hurt, CMO