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Today Politico is running an article (link) about Ron Paul winning Iowa, and how such a situation basically negates Iowa's relevance. Quote:
"Paul poses an existential threat to the state’s cherished kick-off status, say these Republicans, because he has little chance to win the GOP nomination and would offer the best evidence yet that the caucuses reward candidates who are unrepresentative of the broader party."
It strikes with a level of irony that if you don't vote for the candidate that everyone wants you to vote for then your voice is null. Eh, what? Isn't the whole point of our representative democracy to say -- with your vote -- the kind of policies you want instituted best represented by an individual with those philosophies? Yet, when an overwhelming amount of people choose that individual, so many that that person wins the majority of a state's voters, that somehow they don't represent an important voice?
This is wrong. To be told "If you don't vote the way we want you to then you no longer matter," is to say that you already don't matter even though you represent a change in the wind of politics. This was evident when Barack Obama won Iowa, and went on to win his party's nomination and the election, and it's evident now that the tide is turning for Ron Paul.
Iowa is special in that it allows people to meet the candidates personally, a small population can help a small candidate become the next candidate. It gives a voice to someone without the funds to win larger states like Florida or California. The whole point of our electoral college system is to give a voice to smaller states with a smaller share of the population, lest they lose the attention of our Federal officials, and giving Iowa a prominent position in the Republican Primaries follows in this same thought-process.
Iowa matters, and if Ron Paul carries their delegates on January 3rd, you can expect those in danger of losing their high place of importance to suddenly shout every foul thing they can think of to deride the guy who wants to strip power from the powerful, because they know he's more than just rhetoric. He has a track record that shows he has the conviction to carry out his promises. Unlike Presidents past.
Iowa matters, and the real danger is that people with influence just may lose their power. Power that would be handed back to the people, where it never should have left. Iowa matters, it's the voice of the people exposed to the message of Liberty.