first votes of the 2020 Presidential election season are due to be cast in Iowa in less than two weeks, and it is fitting that this farm state is where the journey towards Decision 2020 begins, because Iowa touches all of us, as the epicenter of the world’s bioeconomy.
The bioeconomy is the source of every morsel we eat, is a part of almost every gallon of our fuel, a good portion of our electricity, therapies for our health, our paper, a major portion of our building materials, and an increasing amount of our packaging and clothing material as the world turns towards sustainable solutions.
Whether we live in a “fly-over state” or not, we all participate and depend on the bioeconomy for the materials of our lives. Safely using and protecting our natural resources and wonders makes dollars and makes sense.
In the bioeconomy, no one is left behind because we are all in it together, as producers, distributors, watchdogs, financiers, or customers. And we are better together. So, good that we inaugurate the counting of votes for the 2020 primary season with the Iowa caucuses.
In the campaign so far, we have heard a relentless stream of laudable ideals and aspirations, and now it is the people’s turn to decide which of these ideals will be prioritized, and how we will organize our legislature and government to translate ideals into actual laws, regulations and programs — or the rollback of any of those already in place that no longer fit our national agenda.
In short, we need “idealism with illusion”, as President John F. Kennedy once defined it. Where we need fundamental reform, let us have it; where we need continuation and stability, let us continue; where we need advancement, let us advance. But let us have action, after a season of words and a decade of paralysis.
Leaders that advance our societies, when advancement is required — and Americans broadly agree on the need to advance, though the direction is often in question — come from bold pragmatists. Which is to say, builders of consensus to do bold things well, and thoroughly. Not only to talk about where we might go, but to actually build the consensus that will take us there, and keep us there.
For that task, there is no better leader we’ve seen on the Democratic side this season than Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, who was the runaway winner in our most recent Digest Presidential Poll for 2020, and almost certainly, as we heard from readers, for that reason. She is an accomplisher, a winner.
And, she’s someone who is going to spend her time translating our national goals, into action, through good governance, and shepherding good ideas through the legislative process.
Over the past 10 years we have experienced government by the pen, and then the sword. One President signs a raft of decrees with the pen, the next President cuts down those decrees with the sword. And the cycle is repeated, because of a lack on consensus and compromise that creates stable legislation for the long term, and administers legislation fairly and in the spirit it was adopted, and not from the search for loopholes, and government by loophole.
Senator Amy Klobuchar has been “the most productive senator among the Democratic field in terms of bills passed with bipartisan support’ according to the New York Times.
And her proposals on health-care, her record in national defense, crime and immigration, are second to none. And, above all, her steadfast support for the bioeconomy that binds us all together as stewards and users of our nation’s precious natural resources, is as impressive as it is convincing. She has the experience and a record that assures us that we know what we are getting, and what we will get is bipartisan progress, and something for all.
As opposed to “everything for some”, or “everything for everyone”, as we have heard too much in this political season.
The Democratic nominee will face President Trump in the fall. The fall is a long way away, and the choices that face the voters will be between two parties, rather than within the Democratic party. Having demonstrated her ability to win independents in the Midwest and to unite Democrats of all philosophies in a string of smashing electoral victories in her political career, Senator Klobuchar has shown that she is a winner, and for reasons that should be important to Democrats.
In the keynote address of the 1968 Republican Convention, Governor Dan Evans of Washington said: “the first priority of the United States is the resolution of our internal conflict — the recognition that if we can’t unite our own nation, then we can’t preserve the hope of others. It is time now to reach inward — to reach down and touch the troubled spirit of America.”
“We have a long and serious agenda before us and no easy road to its accomplishment. The problems of environment, of congestion, of urban decay and rural stagnation did not suddenly occur; they are the residue of years — even of decades — in which we devoted too much of ourselves to size and quantity and too little to shape and quality.”
These words could have been written today.
Measured by this test, we believe that is one candidate running in the Democratic field that stands head and shoulders above the rest, to ensure that action is taken on the people’s program, action that is right, action that endures.
For the Democratic nomination for the Presidency, with great respect for the many candidates in the field and their experience and proposals, we endorse Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and wish her Godspeed in the primary season.