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Iowa's unhinged political discourse

The Iowa State Capitol building in Des Moines, photographed on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
The Iowa State Capitol building in Des Moines, photographed on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
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At a fundraiser recently, Gov. Kim Reynolds called liberals in the state “unhinged” and encouraged her supporters to keep fighting. Calling a large percentage of Iowans unhinged is not helpful in resolving the many issues occurring in Iowa and is an example of our unhinged political discourse that is making it impossible to resolve issues that are impacting all Iowans.

Gov. Reynolds and the Republicans certainly are not alone in contributing to the unhinged political discourse both in this state and nationally. Both larger parties have shown an unwillingness to work with their political opponents for the good of everyone. Gov. Reynolds herself has been attacked personally over non-issues in her past that are not relevant to her job as governor.

While politicians sling juvenile insults, Iowa has real issues. Rape kits are not being tested in a timely fashion. Sick Iowans cannot get their medication. Our state continues to be in a budget crisis that is crushing the poorest Iowans and our small communities. These are issues that impact us all and issues that we should come together to resolve.

While these important issues are occurring, the media gives a lot of coverage to politicians in the state that want to pontificate about irrelevant things such as NFL teams that don’t exist in Iowa in their effort to score political points against their opponents. These problems will not be resolved if we refuse to work together and use hateful language against the supporters of our political opponents.

As governor, I will work with Iowans from all political parties and those without a party affiliation. We may not always agree, but that doesn’t mean I think voters that disagree with me are unhinged, stupid, evil, deplorable, or even worse. We can listen to each other and end the personal attacks. Let’s work together to end this unhinged political discourse that is destroying our state and hurting everyone.

• Jake Porter is a business consultant in Council Bluffs and is a Libertarian Party candidate for governor in 2018

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