Is this the Most Important Presidential Election? (Morning Air)

Ah, the sizzle of politics in 2024! Every four years, we gear up for what’s branded as the “most important election ever.” And, oh boy, does it feel like the real deal this time! Last night, those brave Iowans, facing the frostbite’s kiss, made their voices heard in the Republican caucuses. Brian Burch is here to report on the headlines of it all. 

The headline? Former President Donald Trump clinched a victory colder than the Iowa winter, snagging a whopping 51% of the vote. Florida’s own Ron DeSantis trailed with 21%, and Nikki Haley, the former UN ambassador, managed 9%. But let’s not forget the underdog, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, who fought valiantly for almost 8%.

Now, let’s talk unity! 🤝 It’s like everyone’s craving a giant group hug across party lines. We’re all looking for hope, a beacon to lead us out of the “madness” engulfing the nation. Iowa has spoken, narrowing down what seemed like an endless Republican buffet to a more digestible two-person race.

So, what does this icy Iowa outcome mean for us engaged Catholics? 🙏

First off, Trump’s triumph wasn’t a total shocker for those glued to the political drama. He didn’t just win; he soared past the 50% mark, outdoing the polls and leaving DeSantis and Haley to squabble over who gets to be runner-up. The big question now: how will this shape the primaries ahead, especially with Trump’s legal tangles?

But hey, let’s not forget the issues that really got Iowans fired up: immigration, economy, and a sprinkle of foreign policy. It’s like a reality check for the country, reminding us of the challenges at our doorstep. For us Catholics, it’s about balancing the call to welcome the stranger with the need for order and respect for the law.

Now, the biggie: family values. This is where we, as Catholics, really dial in. It’s all about the sanctity of life, the essence of marriage, and the pivotal role of parents. We’re talking about a faith handed down through the nurturing embrace of the family, the cradle of our beliefs and values. This election isn’t just a political showdown; it’s a battle for the heart and soul of these fundamental truths.

So, where does the Catholic vote fit into this mosaic? Some say it’s a myth, but here’s the real tea: it’s not about just any Catholic voter; it’s about those actively practicing their faith. These are the voters who could tip the scales in pivotal states, where every vote counts like gold in a treasure chest.

But who to support? Ah, the perennial Catholic conundrum! Politics isn’t a saint-making factory; it’s a gritty arena of imperfect choices. Our role? To align our votes with the core teachings of the Church: the sanctity of life, the sanctity of family, and the defense of religious freedom.

As we look ahead, it’s clear that this election is more than a contest of personalities or parties. It’s a reflection of where we stand as a faith community in a rapidly evolving world. Will we rise to the occasion? Only time, prayer, and the ballot box will tell.

So, fellow Catholics, buckle up! 2024 is proving to be a rollercoaster of an election year. Let’s keep the faith and the hope alive! 🚀🙌🌟

Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at and on the Relevant Radio® app.