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Iowa hasn’t lost its mind, but we’ve been swindled, bigly.

In 1996, by 85-14 in the US Senate and 342-67 in the US House, the Defense of Marriage Act, defining marriage as a legal union of one man and one woman, was passed and President Bill Clinton signed it into law.

Senator Grassley voted for it 26 years ago but now says he supports recognizing homosexual marriage but is afraid to vote for it because of religious liberties.

Only days after the 2022 election, Sen. Joni Ernst joined Rep. Ashly Hinson and Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks who previously joined the Democrat’s effort to pass same-sex marriage and repeal the 1996 law.

Our “red wave” is trying to turn Iowa blue. Democrats don’t abandon their beliefs.

For months before the election, I received countless email solicitations, dozens a day sometimes… “Hi Leland, it’s Joni, on the road, first female combat vet, send $$ to help Republicans win, blah, blah, blah…”

Others likewise begged for $$ to represent Iowa values.

It was their version of Democrat’s Sam Bankman-Fried FTX cryptocurrency scam that took millions from unsuspecting donors.

The 2022 Iowa Republican Party Platform, Liberty section item #13 clearly reads, “We believe that traditional, two-parent (one male (XY) and one female (XX), marriage-based families are the foundation to a stable, enduring, and healthy civilization. We encourage the repeal of any laws allowing any marriage that is not between one natural man and one natural woman.”

These pseudo republicans, under false pretenses collected campaign money and used volunteers’ time and expenses to gain elective office only to disregard the promises to those they conned.

At the very least, Ernst, Miller-Meeks and Hinson should return funds taken by dishonest representation, resign their office and forever be denied public office or face a class action.

But just maybe the Republican Party hierarchy was in on it only to collect money for the party or themselves.

In any case, I personally will never again, until this matter is corrected, contribute financially or volunteer time to the Republican Party, at any level, or to any Republican candidate.

Leland Graber


  1. Leland, totally agree. I have said all that to anyone supporting the Republicans in Iowa. Many , many people that call themselves Republicans are very angry about this!!! Not any of my time or my money will support them.

  2. Absolutely correct! Het those backstabbing Republicans out of congress. I, for one, will remember this come election time Joni!

  3. Dear LeLand, Sir I agree with your sentiment but will go one step further. The National Republican Party is no different than the Democratic National Party! No matter what is promise, inferred, or agreed upon, thet intend to rule! But with the best intentions and reassurances but they intend to rule! For years we have been told to “ Elect better people “ and this is what they do in return for our vote! I also feel betrayed and won’t contribute to any Federal Politician.


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