From Iowa Nice to Iowa Nazi: a Report from the Friendly Fascist Heartland

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    • #434472
      eridani
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      https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/07/09/from-iowa-nice-to-iowa-nazi-a-report-from-the-friendly-fascist-heartland/

      onsistent with her refusal to permit unemployment compensation for mostly LatinX meatpacking workers reluctant to resume toil in Covid-19-breeding animal slaughtering and processing plants last year, Frau Reynolds in May announced that Iowa would no longer provide jobless Iowans the $300 federal weekly supplemental unemployment benefit. Spouting the rhetoric of her right-wing business backers, she claimed without evidence that the additional federal unemployment money discouraged individuals from returning to work “at a time when Iowa has an urgent need for workers.” Untold thousands of Iowans whose jobs have disappeared and who cannot afford adequate childcare and health were suddenly expected to take shitty, low-wage jobs in the name of the holy work ethic. That wasn’t very nice. The IARP will likely add a ban on abortion to the state’s constitution this or next year,

      At the risk of stating the obvious, racist, and patriarchal white nationalism is not just a southern thing. Look at Wisconsin and the Dakotas, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, and Idaho. And look at Amerikaner Iowa, where the despicable fascist Trump “ran up wider margins against President Biden than he had against Hillary Clinton in most Iowa counties…The [Democrats],” the New York Times reports, “lost a Senate race, gave up two congressional seats and lost half a dozen seats in the state legislature” in 2020. “Many Democrats now believe that Iowa is all but lost to the party, and that it is time to let go.”

      Iowa’s license plates have recently gone from cheerful white, blue, and yellow to dark black with the numbers and letters in white. It’s an appropriate change considering the state’s ever deepening descent into the black hole of Amerikaner fascism. “Iowa Nice” has become “Iowa Nazi.”

      Mention the dystopian drift to an Iowa City, Davenport, or Des Moines liberal and they shrug their shoulders and say, “oh well, what are you going to do?” University of Iowa officials and professors are trying to figure out how to accommodate the new fascist educational measure by finding ways to politely “factor in” race (a rather difficult topic to avoid when teaching about American history and society) while “staying under the radar screen” of the fascist thought police in Des Moines( the state capital). Some liberals and progressives talk about leaving the state as it slips further into the abyss of tribal white chauvinism. The dismal Dems are a badly broken centrist joke in Iowa as in other “red states” – in the nation at large, in all honesty. They couldn’t even retain the Congressional district that includes the major liberal university town Iowa City and the Mississippi River urban zones of Muscatine and Davenport. There’s an utterly feckless Facebook page calling for the impeachment of Reynolds “right now!,” but the notion of her being impeached by a state legislature whose two branches are completely dominated by the IARP is of course ludicrous.

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

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      ArtfromArk
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      I rode my bicycle through eastern Iowa in May 1980 (just after the Mt. St. Helens eruption) and met many, many fine people, from Keokuk to Davenport to Ft. Madison. Iowa was one of the highlights of my trip.

      “There’s a new spirit abroad in the land. The old days of ‘grab and greed’ are on their way out. We’re beginning to think of what we owe the other fellow, not just what we’re compelled to give him. The time’s coming… when we shan’t be able to fill our bellies in comfort while others go hungry, sleep in warm beds while others shiver in the cold.... And God willing, we’ll live to see that day…” Basil Rathbone,"Sherlock Holmes Faces Death" (Universal 1943)

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      I grew up in NW Iowa and this is not new. My family registered R so that we could vote in local caucuses as they did not even have Ds on the ballot. We voted D in the general election but we wanted some say on who our local officials would be.
      The only difference from then and today is that today they finally understand that they are mostly Nazi.

      jwirr

      • #434493
        ArtfromArk
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        like Western Arkansas is different from Eastern Arkansas?

        “There’s a new spirit abroad in the land. The old days of ‘grab and greed’ are on their way out. We’re beginning to think of what we owe the other fellow, not just what we’re compelled to give him. The time’s coming… when we shan’t be able to fill our bellies in comfort while others go hungry, sleep in warm beds while others shiver in the cold.... And God willing, we’ll live to see that day…” Basil Rathbone,"Sherlock Holmes Faces Death" (Universal 1943)

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          jwirr
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          It used to be. The UI and most cities in Eastern Iowa were liberal Ds back then. Sounds like they are now heading to quickly join Western Iowa. IMO it is very sad. I graduated from the UI and worked for the D party in Iowa City in the 70s. Very sad situation.

          jwirr

    • #434492
      GZeusH
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      I know!   Let’s write some identity politics articles bemoaning the fact that LatinZ are getting the short end of the stick.

      Corporate America consists of totalitarian entities laser-focused on short-term greed.

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