Rod Sullivan, Supervisor, Johnson County, Iowa

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June 15, 2017

Sullivan’s Salvos     6/20/17

In this edition:

*Did You Know?

         The Watergate Scandal added an interesting twist to the English language. Now every scandal is given the suffix “-gate”. I went ahead and applied it above!

         It has been quite some time since I have written on National politics. In the meantime, we have serious questions over Russian involvement in US elections. This would seem to be a pretty significant concern.

         But that was before the Republican Party decided to change everything.

         What do I mean by that? I mean there is now one single rule by which the GOP operates, and that is GOP politics is the only thing that matters. Facts do not matter. Laws do not matter. Lives do not matter. The only thing that matters is GOP politics.

         President Trump said during the campaign that he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and not lose any votes. Amongst Republican leaders, that is 100% true.

         Look at the way Trump personally insulted the families of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, yet they stand by his side. There is truly NOTHING Trump can do that crosses a line for these Republicans. He could literally shoot someone on 5th Avenue, and they would initiate the process of defaming the person he shot.

         Obviously, not every Republican feels this way. Many are concerned over the current state of events. But until their leaders are willing to vote against Trump and his enablers (Including Iowa’s US Senators), nothing will change.

         Are these Russia investigations important? I believe they are. But they can also serve as a huge distraction from issues that could have MONUMENTAL impacts on American citizens.

         Look no farther than the US Senate, where Republican Senators are quietly drafting a bill designed to cut healthcare for poor Americans while giving tax breaks to the wealthiest.

         It may be exciting to watch testimony, or to check out the Presidents’ daily buffoonery, but we need to stay diligent on many other important issues.

         In all seriousness, I have never been more concerned for our country. The reason? We can no longer agree on the facts.

         Climate change is a fact. But we destroy the messenger. John Kerry was a war hero. But he gets “swiftboated”. Those recent incidents set the stage for our current politics, in which facts simply do not matter.

         The President bears much of the blame for this. The media are liars. The judiciary is a bunch of liars. Scientists are all liars. The CBO is full of liars. Only the President has the facts.

         In the good old days, this would be easily solved. The American people would see how dangerous this is for our Democracy. They would simply look at the facts.

         But now we have no facts. Because the media, the judiciary, the CBO, and scientists are all liars.

         Where do we go from here? I honestly do not know. Democrats can provide opposition, but there aren’t enough of us. Independents and Republicans are going to need to stand up. I hope they do so before it is too late!

The Johnson County Juneteenth Community Committee is hosting a day of family fun from noon-6 pm on Saturday, June 24, at Mercer Park in Iowa City. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. The free event will include free food (while supplies last), live music, and games and activities for the whole family.

This year’s theme is “U & I in commUNITY,” said event coordinator LaTasha DeLoach. “This is such a great opportunity to bring people together to not only focus on unity, but also remember the past that divided us. This event is for everyone who cares about freedom,” she said.

The event will kick off with a panel discussion from 10 am to noon: “Essentials for Success: Passion and Direction,” featuring alumni and the head track and field coach from Wartburg College who will share their personal stories and tips on how to be successful in school, work, athletics, and life. The interactive discussion is intended to get youth motivated and thinking about their futures.

The awards presentation for the Iowa City Human Rights Commission’s Youth Essay & Art Contest will take place at approximately 12:15 pm. Afternoon activities for children include body painting, double dutch, and hopscotch. Live entertainment will be provided by The Dream Center Performance Art Academy, a spoken word performance by Micah Ariel James, gospel trio Charism, the Funk Daddies and DJ Risquisimo. There will be historical displays and a presentation from the African American Museum of Iowa, as well as an indoor health and information fair and local vendors selling art, clothing, books and more. Learn more about the Juneteenth event at

In its second year, the Juneteenth Trailblazer Awards event will take place on Friday, June 23, at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Coralville from 7 to 10 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Trailblazer Awards honor Emerging Activists, Outstanding Leaders and Transformative Icons in the area of civil rights activism. Advance tickets can be purchased at (IC Juneteenth Trailblazers Award).

The Trailblazer Awards will honor local individuals Kendra Malone with the Outstanding Leader Award, and Monique Green with the Emerging Activist Award. The Transformative Icon Award will honor the Center for Worker Justice.

Marian L. Coleman, who served nearly 40 years as an educator and administrator in the Iowa City Community School District, will be the keynote speaker for the event. Coleman is well known as a leader and a strong advocate for education, civil rights and community service.

Juneteenth event sponsors include the City of Iowa City, the Johnson County Community Partnership for Protecting Children, Johnson County Social Services, Waterfront Hy-Vee, Veridian Credit Union, the Iowa City Parks & Recreation Department, Johnson County Democrats, Hills Bank and Trust Company, Scheels, RAYGUN, Prairie Lights Bookstore, and Forbidden Planet. Trailblazer Awards sponsors include Hills Bank and Trust Company, the University of Iowa Chief Diversity Office, and the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center.

*DID YOU KNOW?  69 Nixon Administration officials were indicted as a part of Watergate, with 48 being found guilty, including the US Attorney General and White House Chief of Staff.

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