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Ragbrai boycott

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Started 1 month, 3 weeks ago by LawnchairMan
Latest reply from mootsman 1 week, 2 days ago

This topic contains 90 replies, has 47 voices, and was last updated by Profile photo of Bill mootsman 1 week, 2 days ago.

What happened to the discussion about boycotting Iowa due to Steve King’s remarks? Was that whole thread deleted? I know there was a lot of name calling, but the initial statement / question was completely civil.

I was really looking forward to another great ride across Iowa this year, but the more I thought about it I realized that if I participated I would condone congressman King’s bigoted attitudes. Iowans say that King is only one person, but if other Iowans didn’t share his views, then he wouldn’t have been elected. I hope that a loss of revenue in King’s district will inspire his defeat in the next election.

I look forward to riding Ragbrai in the future, either on a route not in King’s district, or when he is replaced.

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  • I am going to start a massive anti-rhubarb pie demonstration at Capitol Square (RAGBRAI headquarters) tomorrow. I expect somewhere in the range of 100,000 people to be there. We are going to make a difference. #NoRhubarb #MakeRAGBRAIApplePieAgain


    Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago ago #1258637

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  • I look forward to the day when civility returns to our society, and Rhubarbicans and Applecrats can accept their differences peacefully and bury the hatchet (or fork).


    Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago ago #1258731

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    T. Gap Woo
  • To paraphrase the late, great Will Rogers, “I never met a pie I didn’t like.” To paraphrase George Orwell’s Animal Farm, “All pies are created equal, but some are more equal than others.” To quote the Sage of Rabbit Hash, “BTW, Ragbrai don’t care.”

    Bottom line: To each his own! Now, can we get back to business and end the squabbling? 😎


    Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago ago #1258831

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  • As a blackberrian, I am tired of Apple and Rhubarb getting all the press.

    All of it is Fake News!

    Ride On!


    Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago ago #1258947

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  • It would require a great deal of strategy to find a good piece of chess pie on RAGBRAI.



    Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago ago #1259111

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  • Boycott Ragbrai???? As we say in Philly, for who, for what? I am a registered Republican and a conservative and last year was my first ride. While we were in the middle of a presidential election ( and the DNC was in my hometown that week); of all the fantastic people I met that week and had many conversations with , not one of them was political. Boycott?, stop taking yourself so seriously and just ride and enjoy what Ragbrai is. I’ll be there again this year, and i hope you are happy in your safe space. BTW, Ragbrai don’t care.


    Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago ago #1259176

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  • We’ll be joining the ride after it leaves Steve King’s district. The decision to not go to Orange City was made at the route release. The last time we passed through Orange City the riders were met at the intersection by the big windmill by a local politician that was greeting riders by saying “welcome to Orange City, we don’t want you here, we don’t like you here, but we’ll take your money”. Now this didn’t happen the two previous times we passed thru but it was enough to turn us off of Orange City. I think Orange City is a cool little town that reminded me of the time I spent in Holland while in the service.
    As far as Spencer goes, they give tickets for open containers. Which we find very un-ragbrai like. Always had a great time there, despite the storms and tornadoes. Just not this year. Someone had to vote King in and I’m not going to ride where I’m not welcome.


    Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago ago #1259402

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    Noah Clark
  • Ride or don’t ride. Start early or start late. Make love to a cardboard cutout of Steve King. Or not. At the end of the day you’ve either got a tight anus or not. I prefer to let the farts out….

    …and eat lots of pie.


    Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago ago #1259455

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  • I respect your right to boycott RAGBRAI, but I’m sure glad the suffragettes didn’t decide to stay home. Thankful Martin Luther King, Jr. went some places where the constituents didn’t agree with his politics and proposed policies, too. But, having said that, I have never associated RAGBRAI with the elected representatives of the region or politics. I’ve never even associated RAGBRAI with the politics of the Des Moines Register. lol RAGBRAI is about the people, both riders and hosts. They are mostly kind, considerate, helpful, fun-loving, caring, friendly folks. To try to “lump” Iowans into a mold is like herding cats. Some are Steve King supporters, some are not, and some don’t care either way. I’m sure you’ve seen the RAYGUN (an Iowa company) shirt, “Dear America, Sorry about Steve King. Sincerely, Iowa.” We might not be homogeneous in most areas, but we do have a sense of humor. I hail from glorious southern Iowa, where a lot of you complained about the hills last year. Steve King is not our representative, but I think if the Register would have sent RAGBRAI back to the hill country there would have been a revolt. I’m all for another southern Iowa RAGBRAI! Closer to home! Oh, and after reading this thread, I’m going to have to go make a rhubarb pie!


    Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago ago #1259591

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  • Marla, Save a piece of rhubarb for me. Enjoyed southern Iowa last year. I have family in Creston so I had one night in a bed.


    Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago ago #1259601

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  • Hey. If I stop doing things I enjoy, because an idiot or bigot is associated with the area I travel to….for the enjoyment….well, then I suppose I can just go from the kitchen to the bathroom..


    Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago ago #1259603

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    Carl Anderson
  • You know,I am in his district and he probably has said things he regrets, but I am fairly certain that you have too. I take them with a grain of salt.They are a dime a dozen.If I were you,I would just join the party and say the heck with it, or stay home, your boycott will not change anything . The people of the area elected him. Have a good time with Ragbrai, but do it with the attitune of the Golden Rule.Treat people with the same respect as you would want to be treated. By the way I enjoyed the southern route last year and can’t wait till we get another time down thete


    Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago ago #1259606

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  • Well said, “mshifflett”. Our forums need a “like” button. 🙂


    Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago ago #1259679

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  • How about we all ride our bikes and not talk politics. Deal?


    Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago ago #1259682

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