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As Rep. Windschtl stated in his opening remarks, “…one needs to look through the lens of freedom.”  “How does this policy make Iowans more free?  How does this let them make decisions for themselves instead of government making for them?”

Sen. Chapman, “….give greater freedom and liberty.”


Rep. Konfrst, “…serve equitably, fairly, fully”.    “… greatest threat is misinformation.”  She pegged it.  Last session there were several instances of ‘misinformation’.

Facts, resourced and given to each legislator, were ignored.  I hope that does not happen again.  It sets a very bad example not only for young people, but all of Iowans.

It leads to mistrust.

Speaker Grassley, ” We’re here to hold the line and protect the freedom of Iowans.”  “I’m pushing back.”  We shall see.

Rep. Holt in his Back to Basics #3, “..shame for any conduct no matter how reprehensible, has vanished under the guise of tolerance.”  “…reject cradle to grave government interference in our lives.”

Do you hear yourselves?  Both sides of the aisle.  You know what I hear?  Protect our threatened freedoms.  Let the people make decisions for themselves and families like they used to. Don’t lie!!!! (misinformation). Telling a false statement, half truth, emotional appeal, coercion, brings mistrust. Coercion?  Twice in the House it was stated “If you vote no on this bill, then you…..  Please don’t stoop that low this year.  In essence, that says what???  Certain ideologies use this tactic of shaming.

One more thing.  As Rep Cisneros stated last year, “This place operates on fear.”  No truer words have been spoken. I beg you. Do not let fear dictate your votes.

It proliferated last year regarding several bills. Fear of being smeared. Fear of withholding campaign funds. Fear of being called names.

Remember, you did not take an oath of fear.  Think about the extreme hardships our Founders endured. Their unwavering devotion to the ideals of freedom.

At great personal expense to them, and their families. Will Iowa legislators have that level of courage?  The heat will be on as it is an election year. Sifting and sorting time.

Now that I’ve probably ticked off a few people, know this. I pray for each and everyone of you.  Daily.  That you will look to our Maker and the inalienable rights He has

bestowed upon each of us. That each of you has a heart to make Iowa a great place to live. Debate is healthy. As long as it is done based on fact and respect for each other and chamber decorum.

I love my Iowa. Warts and all.

  • Betsy Fickel

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