Nervous, Excited, but Definitely Not Scared.
by Chris Varney
That’s how I feel this morning after a historic election victory for Republicans in this year’s election. November 8th was a perfect day with local victories, regional wins and of course Donald Trump becoming the new President of the United States.
I am excited for Missy Eilander, Dave Maxwell, and Tim Kapucian who won their elections soundly. I saw Missy in action at the Grinnell Elks Lodge, fixing the polling computers after a brief glitch, and putting everything back on track. She will put the County Auditor’s office on a great track for the future.
I am excited for Dave Maxwell who won re-election in the Iowa state legislature. While Fox News was announcing that Trump was winning Iowa, I was on the phone with Dave, getting his results that he won easily in Poweshiek and Iowa Counties and goes back to the state house to fight for our farmers and for our area.
I am extremely excited for Tim Kapucian who will now be part of a majority in the Iowa State Senate as Iowans sent the Democratic leadership home. Tim has been a leader in practical solutions for clean water in Iowa and both Dave and Tim have fought hard for Iowan’s rights in education and health care and now Republicans control both houses in Des Moines, advancing on the gains from our election 2 years ago.
I am excited and nervous for Chuck Grassley and Rod Blum, both winning re-election. In the House, Republicans kept control and Blum easily won over his opponent, who continually dodged his attempts at debates during the election. Congressman Blum is a man of integrity who now must decide if Paul Ryan deserves to continue as Speaker of the House. As for Grassley, it was a wipeout victory for our hard working senator who shows up for every vote, every day and now will have the opportunity to help shape the future of the Supreme Court.
As for our nation’s future, I am nervously excited about what a Trump administration will do. How will a President Trump build his wall to stop illegal immigration? How will repeal the Affordable Care Act, which definitely has not made health care more affordable? How will he cut taxes and restore confidence in the middle class? How will he create more jobs and encourage companies from moving to Mexico and China and taking those jobs with them? How will he drain the swamp and clean up Washington D.C.?
All relevant questions and all were promises by President-elect Trump during his campaign. I am nervous how it will come about.
But at least I am not scared.
If Clinton had been elected, I would have been scared at the future of this country. I would have been scared at the future of health care. Illegal immigration would never be addressed. Taxes would continue to climb – and our national debt along with it. I would be scared about the future of our justice system – which has been badly compromised by the Obama administration in the investigations in the last year into Clinton’s e-mails and her foundation.
Now, we must realize that there are people that are scared about what will happen in President-elect Trump’s administration. We must reach out and heal our divided nation, Trump started the process last night, or early this morning depending on your perspective.
I am nervous, I am excited in what the future holds. There is still work to be done. But at least I am not scared about it.