From ABA President & CEO Robb MacKie
Much like 2011, ABA has a very full plate of complex and challenging issues, including food labeling and safety; commodities; human resources; and environmental issues. ABA is once again counting on the industry to unite in addressing these issues in order to mitigate the impact on business. The ABA leadership and staff will be asking for maximum input and participation from all corners of the industry in the coming year. I encourage each and every ABA member to answer the call for assistance.
I would be remiss if I did not touch on the Iowa caucus. As a political junkie, I watched unfiltered live footage of the Iowa caucus on C-Span rather than the bowl games. The caucus is very old school as dedicated, average citizens give up three hours of their evenings to officially kick off the presidential selection process.
Watching Iowa voters perform their responsibility with dignity and seriousness was a welcome change from the deep cynicism that surrounds our electoral and governing system. The punditocracy can debate strategy, tactics and appropriateness of the Iowa caucus all it wants. For me, in this age of instant communication, social networking and ultra-connectivity, it is even more important that candidates show up, listen to average Americans and have those Americans gather together to discuss and select their preferred candidate.
No doubt there will be times in the coming months when cynicism and disappointment creep back to the forefront. It will be important to remember what happened in Iowa as well as Winston Churchill’s famous quote, “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.”