Rod Blum will not meet face-to-face with his constituents in a public forum in the largest city in his district. Why? I am guessing because he is scared of what his constituents will say to him in a face-to-face meeting.
Instead of actually speaking to the people he is supposed to represent in Congress, Blum will speak to an event sponsored by the Iowa Conservative Union on April 12th. The event is to take place at a Godfather’s Pizza—Herman Cain tie in perhaps—located in the Town and Country Shopping Center in Cedar Rapids. You can see where it is located here. If you would like to attend here is a link to the event’s Facebook page.
Apparently, these events held by the Iowa Conservative Union have been open to the public but this event is going to be held under an extreme vetting process. Extreme vetting has turned into the right wing’s new catchphrase for “making sure we keep put people who might not like our extreme views.” Or it can mean “keeping out the brown people.” Depends on the circumstance.
As usual Rod Blum’s website shows no public events because he is a coward and does not want to face his constituents save for friendly audiences screened for his approval. It is ironic that the right wing makes such a big deal about so-called safe spaces and trigger warnings considering how incapable their elected representatives are to hearing anything but carefully selected viewpoints that magically agree with their world view.
Rod Blum is a disgraceful representative of the first district because he does not actually represent the people of the first district. He represents Rod Blum and a small coterie of like-minded individuals. 2018 cannot come soon enough.
A while back I called Rod Blum a coward. I stand by that assertion because as the current presidential administration has shown itself to be nothing more than a totalitarian farce masquerading as a modern democracy he has remained silent.
How quiet? Just try and find something that Rod Blum has said about anything that has transpired over the past couple of weeks.
His Twitter account is basically a bunch of motherhood, apple pie, and America content for the right wing set. About the only topical tweet was a comment on the March for Life.
His Facebook page is more of the same minus a recent comment about the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to take the vacant seat on the Supreme Court.
I think it is high time that we up the pressure on the Congressman from the 1st District of Iowa to start answering where he stands on positions taken by the leader of his party—Donald Trump—and actions taken by his party.
I will call his office in Washington D.C. and Cedar Rapids, IA every day until I receive adequate answers to the following questions:
- When will Rod Blum hold a public forum in Cedar Rapids—the largest city in his district—to answer constituent questions?
- Does Rod Blum support the repeal of the Affordable Care Act?
- Does Rod Blum support proposed changes to Medicare?
- Does Rod Blum support proposed changes to Social Security?
- Does Rod Blum support the recent restrictions on entry into the United States put in place by executive order?
- Does Rod Blum support a congressional investigation into the Russian hacking that may have influenced the U.S. electoral process?
- Does Rod Blum support a congressional investigation into Donald Trump’s potential conflicts of interest?
I will provide updates, including the most recent comments from staff and additional questions, on the following linked page.
If you want to make calls yourself use this handy website to assist you. Let me know where your representative stands on these issues.