It's November 1972. Nixon just decimated the Democratic hopeful George McGovern by a 23 point margin in the popular vote. McGovern ran on a platform advocating for the withdrawal from the Vietnam War in exchange for American POWs and amnesty for draft evaders who had left the country. He also included a 37% reduction in defense spending over the next 3 years, and a "demogrant" program aiming to replace the personal income tax exemption with a $1,000 tax credit as a minimum income floor for every American citizen, in order to replace the bureaucracy of the existing public assistance programs. McGovern also supported the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment - which has still not been ratified. The establishment favored the more moderate Ed Muskie.
The day's beginning in front of the old Union Station as protestors began to make their way towards the rally point at the Old Court House with the Gateway Arch and the Civil Courts building looming in the background.
It’s been just over 24 hours since the close of the Iowa Caucus and we still don’t know the full results, or the damage done to this election and our Democratic process. At the center of the issue is an app, developed by a little known company called Shadow Inc, the Iowa Democratic Party, and Pete Buttigieg, and I believe that now is the time for Pete Buttigieg to step down to try to save the 2020 election.