First blog post

Candidacy Announcement of Paul Elliott Dahl (delivered on August 21, 2017 at 1 p.m.)

King Will Meet His Waterloo

Field of Dreams is one of my favorite movies since it not only was filmed on location in Iowa, but it also featured two of my favorite actors—Burt Lancaster and James Earl Jones—as key characters. Ray Kinsella, the farmer building a baseball field after plowing under his corn crop, finds the author Terence Mann (played by Jones) in Boston due to the predictive power of Mann’s pen. The words resound with meaning for Ray as he repeats them:  “There comes a time when all the cosmic tumblers have clicked into place –and the universe opens itself up for a few seconds to show you what’s possible.”

We are all witnesses today to the power of the universe as we see the cosmic tumblers click into place with the solar eclipse occurring today.

Our country is also in need of the political tumblers clicking into place in making us aware that the middle class must grow significantly in size and take its rightful place as the engine of economic growth for America.  We presently have a political system where the rule of the rich—a oligarchy or the 1%–take more than their fair share of the wealth. They also control the political system by funding the re- election of politicians via a massive system of corporate contributions to incumbent candidates.  The sad fact that more millionaires are in Congress than ever before shows us that the system is skewed and in need of recalibration.  The philosopher Aristotle reminds us that “the most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control and outnumbers both of the other classes.” More middle class members of Congress are definitely needed. The purchasing power of a larger middle class will have positive results in driving productive investment.

It is my firm commitment to increase the size of the middle class if I am elected. I also want to harness the power of government in helping making sure that all Americans have a seat at the banquet table of life. We definitely need public servants that have the right mix of education, energy, ethics, and experience in working to improve the quality of life for all Americans. We need political leaders that share power rather than seeking to possess it to the exclusion of others.

I am person that excels in working behind the scenes to effect positive change. I will also do the necessary work in coming to the best position on public policy.  I do not seek out the limelight to gain publicity for myself. I abhor politicians that want publicity—no matter if positive or negative in nature—to bring attention to themselves.  It is high time that the Iowans of the Fourth District retire Mr. King from office and replace him with a Representative that serves Democrats, Independents, and Republicans in equal measure. I announce my candidacy for the Fourth District seat today.

I was born in Waterloo back in the year of 1964.  My father worked for 37 years with John Deere.  I will have developed my gifts and graces for 37 years once I celebrate a birthday in September. I will fully outline the Significant Seven issues of my run for Congress in greater detail.  The seven are:

  • Agriculture
  • Campaign Finance Reform
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Government Spending
  • Healthcare
  • Social Security

I conclude my announcement by challenging the other Democratic candidates to at least 12 debates.  Let’s have debates in Algona, Ames, Carroll, Fort Dodge, Harlan, Mason City, Sioux Center, Sioux City, Spencer, and Storm Lake. Iowa Public Television and Iowa Public Radio should also both host a debate.

Let’s separate the pretenders from the contenders. I am looking forward to earning the win.

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