I’d Take the Caucuses in Iowa over a Coastal State Any Day
As someone who has lived in Iowa for her entire life so far, there are often moments when I think my parents could have moved to a different state. Like for instance, a state in which there is no snow, and the weather is always above 60 degrees. Or a state next to an ocean, gulf, or natural lake to provide a beach in which people can hang out in and swim. I’m not trying to diss our man-made Saylorville Lake but a natural body of water would be nice. Or maybe a state that is not known nation-wide to be home to a bunch of corn farmers, which again is not a bad thing. None of these reasons are terrible reasons, but when you’ve traveled to big cities and gotten to see how they function you start to wonder, what does my “flyover” state of Iowa have to offer the nation other than just corn and wind turbines? And that’s where the excitement of politics comes into play.
I didn’t understand the importance of Iowa within the nation’s political system until my sophomore year of high school. I never understood what caucusing was, why we did it, and why we were one of the only states to do it. But after being alive for about five rounds of elections and caucuses and being academically conscious for two of them, I really started to understand the reason why so many people within and outside of our state revere us with such high expectations around election season.
The evidence of such excitement was felt on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Drake University in Des Moines. I was so excited to see the debate and watch my preferred candidate former Mayor Pete Buttigieg answer questions with class and ease. It felt nice to hear real questions from real Iowans answered. I was excited to be a part of something bigger than me and to see the excitement from everyone else whether they were for Mayor Pete or not.
It was also nice to see the importance of the caucus in the state of Iowa. Candidates are hyped up for caucus night on Feb. 3, and citizens of Iowa are meticulously working to organize the night so that everything will run smoothly. The debate showed the nation that if you really want to win an election you need Iowa behind you. Displaying this helped to educate those who didn’t understand why the Iowa caucuses and the importance behind it. The debate amped up the upcoming caucuses and the hope for future elections and the future of our nation.