Caucus Day February 1,2016 - From a First Timer. What a day. Exciting, educational, tiring and social. We started our day out by traveling to Cedar Rapids to hear Donald Trump. We knew we were going to be scanned like at the airports; but when we got closer Jason (our son in law) turned to us and said, does Dad have his pocket knife? Yes, why? The guy ahead of him was turned back as he wanted to keep his and took it back to his car. So we asked Dad (Bill) if he wanted his (which I already knew, it was duller than a kitchen knife). We (I) panicked and said go put it in that flower pot over there; Dad said NO, they'll see me. LOL So a couple of more steps and we were next; emptied pockets, then told the officers and they took it and Dad said, just throw it away. So, they did. LOL
Huge crowd, standing room only. We got very good seats. We sat right next to a good couple who were very social. During our conversation he mentioned, Minnesota. That perked up my ears and I said where in Minnesota? Park Rapids, Fargo Moorhead and Dilworth areas. Well, drop my jaw and call me Betty!! Small world. We had a laughing good time. They now live in Cedar Rapids; but go back to the area to visit family.
From the time we sat down to the time they arrived, it was an hour. Trump was 20 minutes late, they had planned on flying from Waterloo; but the fog was so bad - they had to drive it. But everyone was very patient. First on stage was Sarah Palin, she only spoke for about 5 minutes and then introduced Donald Trump. We really enjoyed his speech and he shared many viewpoints with humor as well. We are supporting Donald Trump, if you have not figured that out by now.
We do not want any longer the career politicians! We need someone who has an established record of getting things done with a superior mind and a clear vision. Someone who knows how to get things done; bring back our military to where it should be; negotiate deals for America's benefit and foremost says it like it is and means what he says.
Later that day, at 6 pm we went to register at our local caucus. We meet at a middle school here in Vinton. After registering we were told to find our classroom #2 and find a seat. There were 6 adults and 2 children in our own group. At 7 pm the chairman addressed our own room (the town was divided up by precincts). We stood and Pledged Alliance to the flag. After which, he opened it up to the audience to speak up for their candidate. Several spoke up for Cruz, a few for Rubio and finally Bill spoke up for Trump. Once he shared, several others did as well for Trump.
Finally, there was a paper ballot where we wrote down our choice. Ballots were counted in the open; a head count was taken to match the ballots. Trump won in our precinct. One thing I was astounded at, was the courtesy and respect everyone gave to the other. Our chairman, at the end, reminded us all what our goal was in being there and in the end to be united for our party. There was laughter and good times by all.
There was one man there in his 90's, on oxygen and stood up. You could tell he loved his country and said it would probably be his last time at a caucus's but wanted to share his thoughts. It was at a time, when the chairperson, opened the floor for any of us to bring "planks" to be brought up at the Regional Convention in March; he wanted it brought up about Climate Control insomuch as the wording to be changed to reflex a broader meaning not just climate. Others brought up: Term Limits, Abortions eliminated, emanate domain, and in Iowa to have a law to protect you from bringing harm to anyone entering your house against your wishes, without being put in jail. If you harm them in your home, you had better keep them inside before calling the police now. It's called Standing your Ground. Finally, they asked for delegates for the regional and national conventions. In all, it took about 2 hours.
It was an enlightening day. Won't be our last and Bill won't bring knives to the fight again!