by Brian A. Wilkins
Though I was forced to watch coverage of the Iowa Caucuses on state-run Euro-American media outlets CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, it still made for good television (thanks to C-SPAN). While enduring CNN reporter Soledad O’Brien’s many references to Iowa “choosing a black guy” and the Fox people continually calling Obama “articulate and well-spoken,” 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, and was one of maybe twelve Nubian students who attended my high school, which housed at the very least 1,700 total. The Iowa Caucuses proved to be a microcosm of my childhood and an unexpected surprise.
I never believed Iowa would pick Senator Obama as its choice for the Democratic ticket in November. But now I find myself asking why not Iowa, and more specifically my hometown? Iowa has for the most part been one of few places in this country I feel like an American and not a “black” as society would like. I always tell people that I view my 25-plus years in the state as 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), 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 8 years by the Bush League.
But can this momentum from Iowa propel Obama to the White House? The CNNs and Fox’s of the world believe that if a “white” state like Iowa can select Obama as its Democratic candidate, than the rest of America can too. But don’t be so sure of that. Iowa is a state of good Americans who want what’s best for the country. As of now, senators Clinton and Obama are tied in New Hampshire, according to polls. But as we found out in Iowa, those polls mean very little, being John Edwards ended up coming in second in Iowa despite polls showing him well behind both his primary adversaries. The northeast (New England) is not the Midwest. And I still believe people who would otherwise never vote in any other election 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 by the results of a state with only 3 million people. But again, it makes for some good television over the next ten months.
As a registered independent, I’ve already decided to vote on the Democratic side for this election: especially with the most name-worthy Republican being Rudy Giuliani and the front-runner now being Mike Huckabee? Who? After winning Iowa, Huckabee made one statement that should turn off so-called “black” voters (even though Republicans generally don’t care about said vote): that he comes from the “Ronald Reagan mold” of politics. So that means if Huckabee is elected president, he and his administration will oversee some sort of legislation that will put hundreds of thousands of young Nubian men in prison, like Reagan’s administration did with that 1986 crime bill that made crack-cocaine the only controlled substance with federal mandatory minimum sentencing (nothing of the kind for Euro-American-dominated substances, powdered cocaine and methamphetamine) and spend billions of dollars on further privatizing prisons for profit, which of course need inmates to fill them.
Huckabee seems like a nice guy, and is the antithesis of Bush-league, so that should be enough to keep him relevant for the next few months (the “Baptist minister” thing helped him in Iowa too). I’m not sure if Giuliani’s strategy to skip Iowa will help or hurt him, but it seems the GOP race will come down to those two. Senator McCain is a Bush clone and has no chance. I think Mitt Romney’s fakey-ness and Mormon faith will eventually catch up to him, even though he won the GOP nomination at the Wyoming Caucuses today.