Even though I’m a couple of states away, I still consider you all as 'neighbors.'
My association with Tom Hoefling over the years is one I greatly value. I’ve gained much from our countless hours discussing the value of principled, constitutional self-government and the best way to exercise a dependence on God’s help in affecting its restoration locally as well as nationally. In my opinion, Tom is the best answer to the question of 'After Branstad, what?'
Tom’s approach to executive leadership would be from a solid conservative base, reflecting a Godly worldview and a deep knowledge of, and respect for, the foundational principles that resulted in America becoming the most secure, prosperous, and envied nation on earth.
Tom’s appeal is to folks who are ill-represented by current politicians and the media elite who support an agenda detrimental to the security and general welfare of God-fearing, Liberty-loving Iowans. Things like: open borders at the expense of national security; 'gay' rights at the expense of freedom of speech and association; redefining marriage to the detriment of the natural family; socialized health care and other programs that jeopardize the rights of private property and individual liberty, and most importantly, the destruction of innocent human life for the sake of political expediency.
Of course, someone who shares these views with the majority of the Republican base is not likely to expect the support of the current Republican leadership.
But that’s where you come in.
If you’ve had enough of unaccountable leaders whose priorities differ (in some cases oppose) those of the constituencies they have been elected to serve, you’re going to have to do something different. Expecting the media establishment to act in your best interests won’t cut it. Returning control of government to the governed will require your active participation in behalf of your neighbors.
The only question is: are they worth it?
I believe a Tom Hoefling governorship would be the best thing for the future of Iowa.
-- Hobart M. Smith, Oxford, Ohio