As everyone knows by now, Governor Terry Branstad's SUV was sort of exceeding the speed limit way back on April 26, 2013. Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds was also along for the ride. Somewhere on hwy. 20 between Cedar Falls and Fort Dodge, they were spotted traveling at a high rate of speed, "a hard 90" as reported by Larry Hedlund, an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation special agent. He reported the incident to "a state trooper, who later clocked the vehicle going 83mph.
But the vehicle was never stopped. And now the information is public news and you might say that there is some concern about the entire incident.
Lt. Governor Reynolds said she and the governor keep "an ambitious schedule," and that perhaps sometimes forces the state troopers who drive them to break the speed limit, although the passengers seldom are even aware of it. Hmmmm!! These are the facts. Now, here's my take on the whole thing.
The Governor and Lt. Governor are busy. Answering emails, on the phone, needing to make appointments, and running behind time quite often. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Are you sometimes busy getting to work, going through detours, hitting all the red lights, forgetting one of the kids back home and returning to get them and a whole slew of other things that keep us behind time quite often. Terry and Kim, (yea, I'm on a first name basis with them), there's not a single one of us that's not busy and entirely stretched from one end to another. We all know what it's like to be running late. At least I do. I was almost late for golf last week. Geeeesh!!
I one time Snuck one of my kids into an amusement park and said they were younger then they really were, (to get a cheaper ticket for them). When we got through the gate, my daughter looked at me and asked, "Dad, did you lie?" I tried to explain to her, "Well, no honey, I didn't ACTUALLY lie. I just, you know, sort of, ahhh, everyone does this...." The fact of the matter was....I lied!
Leaders are always held to a higher standard. "Governor, you are the leader of the great state of Iowa. You should follow the law. We don't care how busy you are. We're busy too. Tell your drivers to obey the law and follow the speed limit." Heck, that's not even being held to a higher standard-just the same standard the rest of us have to abide by. I know your busy and I know that you probably aren't even aware how fast the SUV is going but here's a clue--the next time you're 90 miles away from your next appointment and you get there in about an hour, you may have been exceeding the speed limit-just a tad. Takes no rocket scientist to figure that out.
Finally, I remember an old Andy Griffith show that featured Barney giving Gomer a ticket for making an illegal U-turn. They argued and argued but Barney explained that the law was broken and it doesn't matter if a friend did it or even if an officer of the Las did it. The law is the law. Then Barny gets into his car and immediately makes a U-turn to return to the sheriff's office. Gomer chases him down the street yelling, "Citizen's arrest, Citizen's arrest, Citizen's arrest..." Remember that show? Andy gets involved and eventually tells Barney to write himself out a ticket.
Governor Branstad, this is John Sheda exclaiming "Citizen's arrest."
Shame on you and Ms. Reynolds. Why are you above the law? Pay the Piper! That's The Way I See It. Let me know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 319-327-4640.