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KILLING SNAKES

We all know the story of “Adam and Eve” in the Bible. After God created Adam and Eve and placed them in the Garden of Eden, he told them not to eat the fruit of a certain tree located in the lush paradise. We also know that Eve was tempted by Satan, who had taken on the form of a snake, to partake of the fruit from the forbidden tree. Eve ate the fruit and gave some to Adam, who also ate the fruit. Adam and Eve were subsequently driven out of the Garden of Eden by God. For tempting the woman, God cursed the snake and made it to crawl on its belly. Furthermore, the snakes would from then on be hated by mankind and killed for no other reason than that they were snakes.

Until recently, killing snakes was no big deal, even if they were the non-poisonous kind. About the only snake that was not subject to being killed just because it was a snake was the king snake. King snakes do kill poisonous snakes and have always been considered good snakes. Here in the south where snakes, both poisonous and non-poisonous are abundant, killing snakes is common. It’s often done for sport.

With the ushering in of political correctness by the left, we are now being indoctrinated by the animal rights wing of the Democrat party that you shouldn’t kill snakes, even poisonous snakes. It fact, liberals are now saying that you should not use the phrase, “poisonous snake.” Instead you should refer to the snake as “venomous.” I don’t care which of these two terms you use, getting bit by one of these snakes can kill you if medical help is not sought.

For about the last five or six years, here in the state of Alabama, and I assume anywhere in the south, snakes have come out of winter hibernation in droves. Forestry agents have warned people to be very careful, especially when walking in wooded areas, and around rock formations. On social media, pictures have been posted of snakes hanging out in very unlikely areas such as gas station pumps.

The most common poisonous snake in Alabama, and in most of the south, is the copperhead. The copperhead is generally a small snake and can easily camouflage itself around leaves, grass, and sticks. I’ve heard my Daddy say that a bite from a copperhead won’t kill an adult man, but you’ll swell up and get so sick that you think you’re going to die. Thus, medical attention must be sought after a bite. Other poisonous snakes found in Alabama include the cottonmouth/water moccasin, the timber rattler, and the coral snake. Most bites to humans in Alabama come from copperheads and cottonmouths.

In addition to their being more snakes out and about the last several years, snakes seem to have grown bigger. I indicated above that copperheads are generally small snakes, but many folks have reported seeing the snake up to six feet in length, and as big around as a large man’s thigh.

Snakes are generally thought to hibernate in cooler weather with many of them dying due to the cold. Thus, in late fall and winter, we don’t think much about snakes, and the possibility of running up on them.

With the left, particularly the animal rights wing preaching to us that we shouldn’t kill snakes, poisonous or not, because they are a major part of the eco-system. Poisonous snakes are known for keeping the rodent population in check.

After contemplating the reasons for more snakes and bigger snakes in Alabama, I came up with the following: God cursed the snake, indicating that the snake would be a hated creature and killed for no other reason than the snake was a snake.

Now, we’re not doing that. We’re not killing snakes just because we see one. We’re letting the snake live because it is so vital to our eco-system.
Winter here in the south has been harsher than usual. Al Gore and Democrats blames the extreme cold that is gripping the nation on global warming, the result of President Donald Trump pulling the United States out of the Paris Accord.

On January 7, a picture, taken in Tallassee, Alabama was posted on Facebook of an extremely large cottonmouth/water moccasin on top of ice that had formed on a creek in a wooded area. The person who posted the picture said that the snake seemed lethargic and near death. It probably was closed to freezing to death. If properly armed, the photographer would have been wise to kill that snake immediately.

In reading the comments, it surprised me that so many folks felt sorry for this satanic creature and thought its life should be spared. Several the commenters preached that if you leave these snakes alone, they will leave you alone. That’s not always the case. In fact, I had a close encounter with a cottonmouth while skiing at a local lake years ago. I spilled in the vicinity of the snake, who went after me. I barely made it into the boat before he sunk his fangs in me. I guess the typical liberal response would be, you shouldn’t have been skiing on the lake, that’s the territory of the snakes and the fishes.

Back to my theory that because the animal rights whackos advocate that we should not kill snakes is why there are so many of them out and about, and why so many are becoming gigantic. When I asked my minister about this, he rolled his eyes and said, “I don’t know.”

I’ve approached a few other Christian friends about this, and I get the same reaction. Well, I think it’s legit. We’re not killing off snakes like we used to and they are multiplying and growing. Could it possibly be global warming because President Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Accord? Ask a liberal and see what they say.

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STATISTICAL ANALYSIS: ALABAMA SENATORIAL ELECTION

Today, January 3, 2018, newly elected United States Senator, Doug Jones is scheduled to be confirmed into the United States Senate. You will recall that Doug Jones, a Democrat beat Roy Moore, a Republican, in the December 12, 017, special Alabama senatorial election, held to replace the senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions after Sessions was chosen and confirmed as United States Attorney General. This was the first time in twenty-five years that the people of Alabama had elected a Democrat to represent them in the United States Senate.

All eyes throughout the United States were on the special Alabama senatorial election. The Republican majority was a slim one, 52 – 48. Plus, this majority contained four RINOs, who could not be counted on to vote on republican sponsored legislation. These four RINOs include John McCain, Susan Collins, Jeff Flake, and Bob Corker. It was Senator McCain’s last-minute vote no that doomed the repeal/replace of Obamacare. Should Alabama elect a Democrat in the Alabama senatorial election, the Republican majority in the Senate would be cut in half.

Though the primaries and run-off, top candidates included current appointed Senator Luther Strange, Representative Mo Brooks, and former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice, Roy Moore, with Judge Moore coming out on top. Thus, the general election would be between Judge Moore and Democrat nominee Doug Jones.

While he claims to be a conservative with Alabama values, Jones is anything but. His stands on the issues are parallel with the stands of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. While Roy Moore can be described as eccentric when it comes to his Christian faith and his politics, and many Republicans don’t care for him and his attention-getting ways, Judge Moore was sure to be elected in the special Alabama senatorial election with no difficulty. Needless to say, most every Democrat hated Judge Moore. I even had a friend who would shake with hatred at the mention of his name.

Just like clockwork, on November 9, the Washington Post ran a story where a woman claimed that Judge Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her when she was fourteen years old and he was thirty-two. Subsequently other women came forward with stories depicting improper sexual advances made by Judge Moore against them. The nature of Judge Moore’s alleged actions ranged from simply asking several teenage girls out on dates when he was in his thirties to the woman who claimed that she was forced to inappropriately touch Judge Moore and he inappropriately touched her when she was fourteen. While Moore denied these accusations, he was unable to prove them false. Even though there were questions as to whether or not these women were telling the truth, with one woman actually admitted she was paid to lie, questions were put in the mind of many Alabama voters. Thus, many Republican votes that, under normal circumstances, could be taken for granted, weren’t there for the December 12 special Alabama senatorial election.

Judge Roy Moore lost the election by a mere 22,000 votes. Many otherwise Republican voters cast their votes for Doug Jones, probably ignorant of his stands on the issues, didn’t bother to vote, or wrote in a different candidate. In fact, the number of write-in votes, was just about equal to the vote differential.

When the allegations against Roy Moore surfaced, Democrats began salivating, and worked to get out the vote for Doug Jones.

With a state that overwhelming voted for Donald Trump in November 2016, some found it hard to believe that Alabama could elect a Democrat to the United States Senate. As soon as the election results were in, the Democrats cranked up their spin/lie machine declaring that the election was a referendum on President Donald Trump and the results proved that Donald Trump was losing what little popularity he had with the American electorate. The Democrats also claimed that Alabama, a once solid red state was now starting to turn blue. Of course, none of the above is true. In no way is Alabama turning blue nor is Alabama turning against President Donald Trump. Democrats lie, we all know that.

With such a slim vote differential, could there have been some fraud? I think that’s a given. Democrats in Alabama have been known to bus voters living in Democrat districts to the polls after giving them envelopes containing cash. Democrats claim there was no voter fraud in the special Alabama senatorial election. We all know, though, had Roy Moore won by 22,000 votes, the Democrats would have been screaming “voter fraud” to the tops of their lungs.

The analysis by top Alabama Republican officials indicated that many voters, especially women voters, in the upscale suburbs of Alabama’s larger metropolitan areas, either stayed at home, voted for Doug Jones, or wrote in someone. Thousands of women just couldn’t bring themselves to vote for accused Roy Moore, even though the accusations could not be proven.

After this turn of events and listening to the Democrat lies, I did an analysis of my own, looking at vote totals for the Senate election and vote totals for the 2016 presidential election.

Election Results by County

The counties who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 include Bullock, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Montgomery, Russell, Sumter, and Wilcox.

It is interesting to note that in Jefferson County, the most populous county in Alabama, the county of the city of Birmingham, and the county of the toney suburbs of Mountain Brook, Vestavia Hills, Hoover, and Homewood, 130, 614 votes were cast for Donald Trump in November 2016, while just 66,309 votes were cast for Roy Moore in the special Alabama senatorial election. That’s a difference of 64, 305. Many people who would have most likely voted for Roy Moore if there had been no allocations, failed to cast their votes for him.

Something else interesting about Jefferson County is the 149,522 votes cast for Doug Jones when 151,583 votes were cast for Hillary Clinton in Jefferson County. Remember, this was a special election, and in special elections, you can almost always see a decline in the number of voters participating. Sure, many of the votes in Jefferson County for Trump in 2016 were cast for Jones on 12/12/2017. But this just looks a little odd to me. Furthermore, the number of votes cast in the special Alabama senatorial election is 76% of the number of votes cast in the 2016 presidential election. With the exceptions of Marengo, Russell, and Sumter, the counties voting for Clinton in 2016 had percentages greater than 70 when comparing the number of votes cast in the senate election to the number of votes cast in the presidential election. For counties where Trump had the most votes in the presidential election, the percentages ranged from mid-fifties to mid-sixties.

Other counties which looked interesting include Baldwin County, home to the beautiful Alabama Gulf Coast beaches and many wealthy individuals. In Baldwin County, Clinton got 18,409 votes in 2016 while Jones got 22,131 votes in the Alabama senatorial election. In the county where I was born and raised, Cullman County, Jones got more votes in the senate election than Clinton did in the presidential election: 3730 to 4156. I don’t know if any Democrat has ever thought of Cullman County as ripe for voter fraud, but it is.

It’s also interesting to examine the two major college counties in the state, Tuscaloosa, home to the University of Alabama and Lee, home to Auburn University. Lee went for Trump in the presidential election, but most of the votes were cast for Jones in the senate election. Lee County is a traditional conservative stronghold with Auburn University being one of the most conservative major higher learning institutions in the United States. Trump received 34,321 votes while Moore received just 14, 017 votes. This seems “major strange” to me. While Clinton did receive more votes than Jones in the elections in Tuscaloosa county, 47, 701 cast votes for Clinton in the presidential while only 22,064 cast votes for Roy Moore.

Was the special Alabama senatorial election replete with fraud.? I don’t know. Was there some element of fraud in the election? I’d take that bet because there’s some degree of fraud in every election. When I suggested that there might be some fraud involved on a social media thread, I was quickly told that I didn’t know what I was talking about. There’s no fraud. Like I said above, if Judge Moore had won, this person would be alleging fraud until the cows come home.

While some of the numbers I’ve put together are indeed interesting, I believe that the state GOP party bosses were indeed correct. Women from many upscale suburbs in populous metropolitan areas either voted for Doug Jones, stated at home, or wrote someone’s name in. Furthermore, I’m going to go out on a “sexist” limb and say that many of these women have no clue when it comes to issues, and no clue about majorities in legislative bodies. They vote Republican because their husbands tell them to or they grew up in Republican families and always voted Republican.

I know that’s a bit harsh and I’ve already been told that’s sexist. But I consider my political acumen a 7.5 on a scale of 1 to 10. Most people out there wouldn’t even measure up to a five, even people who belong to political organizations. When voters, particularly women voters, heard about the accusations made against Roy Moore, they flatly refused to vote for him.

One thing is for sure, and many media outlets, including some conservative talking heads are getting it wrong. Alabama values haven’t changed. Alabama is not transitioning from a Republican state to a Democrat state, and the people of Alabama are not disillusioned with President Trump. The Alabama Senate seat went to a Democrat because the Republican candidate is alleged to have committed sexual improprieties on numerous occasions.

Doug Jones, who has claimed that he may vote with Republicans some of the time (I won’t believe it until I see it), will be up for re-election in 2020. I believe it’s safe to say that he won’t get re-elected.

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ALABAMA – MEET YOUR NEW SENATOR, DOUG JONES

Yes, one of the deepest red states in the union, one of the most intense pro-life states in the union, and one of the most evangelical states in the union elected its first Democrat senator in twenty-five years. All the pundits predicted a Roy Moore win, even though Judge Moore was beaten and bruised via a series of accusations from women who said Moore sexually harassed and assaulted them when they were young girls. One of the women claims to have been fourteen when Judge Moore allegedly touched her inappropriately and forced her to touch him. Those pundits were wrong, just like they were wrong in the 2016 presidential election when almost all predicted a Clinton win. Now, Alabama has Senator Elect, Doug Jones, a liberal Democrat whose stands on the issues align with those of the far left.

The largest county in Alabama, Jefferson County, the county of the city of Birmingham, went for Obama in 2012 and Clinton in 2016. While I expected Jefferson County to go for Doug Jones, I never expected the gap to be as wide as it was….68% Doug Jones to 30% Roy Moore. In my county of residence, Shelby county, just south of Jefferson, and a conservative/Republican stronghold, Moore was on top, but only 56% to 42%. Montgomery County, the county of the capital, went for Doug Jones by a margin of 72% to 27%.

What happened in these populous counties? It appears that many Republicans stayed at home. It also appears that many women, who normally vote Republican, in these counties cast their votes for Doug Jones. There were also approximately 22,000 write-ins with the vote differential being between 21,000 and 22,000. It is worth noting that the major metropolitan areas in Alabama put Doug Jones over the top. I think it’s also safe to say that had the accusations not surfaced, Roy Moore would have won hands down and there would have been less than five minutes of coverage on the cable news channels.

Having said the above, Roy Moore doesn’t have a lot of appeal in the larger metropolitan areas of the state. His admirers and supporters are generally evangelical Christians from rural areas. Judge Moore has been involved in Alabama politics for decades and has been quite a colorful character. His folksy style, while appealing to rural GOP voters, doesn’t appeal to many who dwell in the larger metropolitan areas.

I voted for Roy Moore, though I never sung his praises, because I didn’t want to see the slim margin that Republicans had in the Senate get even slimmer. I need for tax reform to get passed, and I want to see a wall built on the Mexican border.

With four Rinos already in the Senate (McCain, Collins, Flag, and Corker), it was already hard to get legislation passed in the Senate, with Doug Jones now there, it’s going to get even harder. I just hope they can get, at least, tax reform passed before the Senator elect is seated. I also hope that Trump’s judgeship nominations are not held up, especially if he has the opportunity to appoint a Supreme Court Justice.

I’ve listened to talking heads to the point that my head is about to explode. Fox News has reported that Donald Trump was in a good mood today in anticipation of tax reform getting through the House and Senate and arriving on his desk. I sure hope Congress will do its job and get this piece of legislation to the president before Doug Jones is seated in the Senate, because he would surely vote against it. It goes without saying that Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, is ecstatic because he won’t have to open an investigation into the allegations.

On the evening of November 25, I was lying on my bed in my Orange Beach, Alabama hotel room, in a fetal position crying. My beloved Crimson Tide had lost to hated cross-state rival, Auburn Tigers. This meant that we wouldn’t be playing for the SEC Championship and we would probably not be a part of the College Football playoff. Instead, we might be going to the Cotton Bowl…the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Cotton Bowl?” After much praying, look at what God did. We did get chosen for the playoffs.

There’s still some stuff going on and developments are taking place. God is in control always. He puts Kings in power, and he removes Kings from power. It’s all in his plan. Let’s all settle down, stay the course, and continue to pray for our country’s leaders and continue to and praise our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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TEAR THEM DOWN OR LEAVE THEM UP – PART TWO

In my introduction to what should we do with those pesky monuments commemorating heroes of the Confederacy, I laid out my feelings about the actions of a few folks with whom I’ve come in contact who have moved to the Southeastern United States (the South) from other parts of the country and the attitude that some, not all, have displayed toward southern culture and the southern people.

Since Dylann Roof entered a Charleston, S.C. church in June 2015 and opened fire, killing nine church members, all black, there has been a frenzy by the left to destroy anything relating to the United States Civil War. The reasoning: In some photo, Mr. Roof was seen holding a Confederate battle flag. The left and some members of the right immediately called for the banning of the flag because it was a symbol of hate. Everyone who owned a Confederate battle flag or something depicting the Confederate battle flag, even it was just a belt buckle, was automatically labeled a racist, a white supremacist, a hater, etc. No room for argument. Because the left said it was so, then it must be so. Conservatives from outside the south, and even from within the south were also piling on.

Did I own anything depicting the Confederate battle flag? If I did, it was packed away in some box in the back of the basement. I didn’t like the attitude of the left plus the attitude of some fellow conservatives. While it was determined that Dylann Roof was indeed a racist, white supremacist, and a hater, does that necessarily mean that everyone owning an object depicting the Confederate battle flag was also all of these things? Apparently the left and many conservatives thought so, though. Was explaining that owning a Confederate battle flag or an object depicting a Confederate battle flag, could mean the remembering of heritage, of history? According to the left and other conservatives, absolutely not. These folks wouldn’t even listen to the other side.

Of course, the left would never, ever listen to the other side, and the conservatives were too scared of being labeled a racist if they did listen to the other side and acknowledged the reasoning. In 2015, being labeled a racist by the left was one of the worst things that could happen to an individual.

In the South, there are many monuments in public places honoring Confederate heroes, plus many buildings, schools, streets, and towns are named after prominent southerners living in and around the time of the Civil War. Following the Charleston church tragedy, there has been a movement by the left, and yes, by some conservatives, to destroy everything that is a reminder of the Civil War.

The Alabama legislature has passed a statute indicating that monuments meeting certain criteria cannot be removed from their locations. Of course, this has the left and those sympathetic conservatives up in arms. But guess what, I don’t care, and I’m not the only one.

In New Orleans, a city run by Democrats, headed up by a Democrat mayor, the taking down of statutes honoring prominent Confederate military men and prominent southerners has begun. Earlier this month, a statute of Confederate Army General, Robert E. Lee, was recently brought down to the angst of many people, including me. As a frequent traveler to New Orleans, I have driven around Lee Circle many times. The statute is indeed impressive.

Robert E. Lee graduated with honors from West Point Academy. He was also a prominent general in the United States Army and was set to lead the Union Army in the Civil War. However, General Lee was from Virginia and loved his home state. Because of this, General Lee accepted the position to head up the Confederate Army. He couldn’t bring himself to fight against Virginia. Also, Robert E. Lee hated slavery and had freed his slaves years before the Civil War began.

Liberals have argued that even though Robert E. Lee may have been a “good guy,” he still chose to fight for the south and thus, he was “anti-American, anti-moral, and anti-non white people,” a quote from an individual who is in favor of taking down statutes honoring, in any way, the Confederate States of America.

I’ve also heard that the display of statutes honoring prominent members of the Confederacy is tantamount to Germany displaying statutes honoring Adolph Hitler and other notorious Nazis. But you can’t even compare the actions of Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis to the actions of Adolph Hitler and other higher ups in the Third Reich. Robert E. Lee and other prominent southerners who served the Confederate States of America fought to preserve their homeland and their way of life. The president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, didn’t round up human beings who he hated and send them to concentration camps to be tortured, experimented on, and killed.

The following is a list of some of the more prominent Confederate Generals: Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, J.E.B. Stuart, Nathan Bedford Forrest, James Longstreet, Braxton Bragg, George Pickett, Bloody Bill Anderson, Albert Sidney Johnston, John Mosby, P.G.T. Beauregard, A.P. Hill, Richard Ewell, Joseph Johnston, Jubal Early, Kirby Smith, John Bell Hood, Barnard Bee, Lewis Armistead, and Porter Alexander. Also, there was Jefferson Davis, the first and only president of the Confederacy.

While it has been documented that Robert E. Lee was a good person and a fantastic general, I can’t say that I know much about the others listed above. I’m sure some of them were good and some of them weren’t. That’s true about the entire human race.

Slavery was legal, and an accepted practice in the first century of the United States of America. When you are born and raised to think something’s okay, you generally consider it okay until others may sway your thinking, or until you decide for yourself that it’s wrong based on research, observations, and ‘gut instinct.’ What I’m trying to say, and admittedly having a bit of a difficult time doing it, is that southerners or anyone else for that matter who owned slaves, and slavery was also common outside the south, and throughout the world, were not necessarily engaging in it because they wanted to do evil, whereas the desire of Hitler and the Nazis was to do evil and create a master race, thus eliminating all of those who they considered inferior. And as we have studied, many people with disabilities were executed for no other reason than that they didn’t fit the mold of the blonde haired, blue-eyed master race that was Hitler’s goal to create.

The Civil War is part of the history of the United States of America and a very important part. It represented a dark time for this country, and one that we certainly don’t want to repeat. One of the reasons that so much emphasis is placed on learning history is that history does repeat itself. In studying about the Civil War and reconstruction when I was in school, it was drilled into my head that we don’t want to ever ‘go there again.’ Secession from the Union was a terrible thing, and when I hear quips about the state of California wanting to secede from the United States, I wince.

Remember the novel, “1984,” by George Orwell? The party regularly destroyed and/or altered history. In our public schools today, and even in some of our private schools, what is taught has been altered or completely left out because it might offend some students. This is being driven by the liberals, including the teachers’ unions.

Liberals are advocating not only the destruction of statutes honoring prominent members of the Confederacy, but they are advocating changing the names of all buildings that are named after prominent Confederates. They are also advocating changing the names of schools, streets, and even towns that may have been named after anyone who had a part in the Confederacy.

Folks, that is going to be a nightmare. There’s a county in Alabama called Lee County. Will that have to be changed? Will all the towns and cities named Jackson and Jacksonville have to be changed because of General Stonewall Jackson? Will anything that has the name of Jefferson, such as Jefferson County in Alabama have to be changed? Or will anything with the common name of Davis have to be changed because it might relate back to Jefferson Davis, the first and only president of the Confederacy? Gives me a headache.

I’m hearing, though, that it might be okay to memorialize the Civil War in private museums. Well what if those museums are located where folks have to walk by them who might be offended by the contents of those museum?. Or maybe just knowing about a museum that illustrates the history of the Confederacy offends someone?

Do you really think that after directing the demolition of statutes, and changing the names of buildings, schools, streets, and even towns is going to stop the left, fueled by their overwhelming hatred for anyone who disagrees with their political philosophy, including southern white conservative Christians, from declaring war on private museums that house Confederate memorabilia? And after shutting down these private museums, do you think the left is going to stop and say, ‘job well done?’ Why stop there? Let’s force anyone who has in his or her name ‘Jackson,’ or ‘Davis,’ or ‘Lee,’ or ‘Smith’ (Kirby Smith was the name of a Confederate General), etc. to change their name because such names might be offensive to certain people.

Furthermore, I have observed from some of those who are in favor of the tearing down of the Confederate monuments, a hidden hatred for the south, even though they visit, and enjoy our food, our music, our beautiful beaches, and our weather. The hatred appears to be for the southern people who may or may not have had ancestors who owned slaves.

In other words, after accomplishing all of the above, will the left then advocate the persecution of those of us who are “southern born and southern bred?” Will they round us up and put us in internment camps?

YES! The last few paragraphs are Kabuki Theater, far-fetched, and perhaps ludicrous. But the left is currently advocating the demolition of statutes, changing street names, school names, building names where those streets, schools, and building names may relate back to the Confederacy. Making all of these changes will be a nightmare, in fact, this will be worse than a nightmare.

We have to stand up to the left now, we have to preserve our history, lest we repeat it. We have to ‘nip it in the bud.’

STOP THE LEFT AND THOSE CONSERVATIVES WHO ARE COWARDS AND ARE AFRAID OF BEING CALLED BAD NAMES! STOP THEM NOW!

And yes, I’m against the demolition of statutes and memorials honoring prominent leaders of the Confederacy.

Note: The phrase, “southern born and southern bred,” is a phrase in the Song, “My Home’s in Alabama,” performed by the country music artists, “Alabama,” and written by Teddy Gentry and Randy Owen.

 

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TEAR THEM DOWN OR LEAVE THEM UP – PART ONE

What should we do with those pesky monuments commemorating heroes of the Confederacy?

For disclosure purposes, I am “southern born and southern bred.” Except for the four years after graduating from the University of Alabama, I have lived in the state of Alabama. The four years, post-graduation, I lived in Atlanta, Georgia. Thus, I’ve lived in the south all my life. Business travels, though, have taken me to many other parts of the United States.

While I’ve never been one of those who really cared about the differences between the south and other regions of the United States (We’re all Americans, aren’t we?), I will get a little angry when folks come in here from other areas and proceed to imply negatives about the south and the people who live here.

They come here with negative attitudes toward the area and the southern people. But then they proceed to enjoy our climate, our beautiful beaches, our great food, our hospitality, our music, our values, etc. This is especially true of people who re-locate to the Birmingham area. They come with their usual attitude plus an additional layer of negative attitude because they’re coming to Birmingham. After getting here, they’re taken aback when they discover that we don’t mistreat minorities, particularly blacks. We don’t use the N-word in every other sentence, nor do we regularly turn fire-hoses and police dogs on blacks. In fact, we work together, go to school together, socialize together. In general, we get along.

Outsiders relocating to the Birmingham area usually become rather enamored with the fact that Birmingham is 2-1/2 hours from Atlanta, 2-1/2 hours from Chattanooga, 3 hours from Nashville, 4 hours from Memphis, 5 hours from New Orleans, and 4 to 5 hours from the beautiful beaches of the Alabama Gulf Coast and the Florida panhandle. Of course, full advantage is taken.

But still, they insist on poking fun at the southern people. For example, they just don’t understand our obsession with college football. Twelve of the last fourteen national championships have been won by college teams located in the south. The two exceptions were Southern California in 2004/2005 and Ohio State in 2014/2015. Fans of teams from outside the south tend to riot, destroy property, and injure people when their team wins and even when their team doesn’t win. Because we don’t act like that here in the south, other areas have been spared from destruction. Once again, many outsiders like our values, and reap the benefits of living in the south, but still insist on turning their noses up.

As indicated above, I’ve spent time in other parts of the country. If something’s a little different there, something’s just a little different there. No big deal. But if something down here is a little different to what an outsider is used to, such as the pronunciation of a common word or phrase, they insist on making a big deal of it and indicate that “it must be a southern thing.”

I had an outsider indicate to me that she had “never heard of putting coleslaw on a sandwich, it must be a southern thing.” I don’t really know if it is or not and don’t really care. But it seems like outsiders have to poke fun or turn their noses up at everything that’s deviates from what they’re accustomed to. And, of course, actually trying a sandwich with coleslaw to see if they might like it? Unthinkable!

A couple of years ago, I wanted to get a new handgun. I asked a friend who came here from outside the south and was alone a lot if she wanted to go with me to a gun shop to look at guns. This was during the Obama presidency when everything crime committed was blamed on gun owners, and movements to limit gun ownership were taking place. She replied in an emphatic tone that she wasn’t interested in such things. Because I also wanted a man to go with me, I asked if her husband, when he was in town, might be willing to go to the gun shop with me. “Well, I don’t know, you’ll just have to ask him,” she replied in a snotty tone. This person wasn’t liberal, but felt like owning guns was redneck. Has she ever thought about why she feels safe in her home, even when she’s alone? Could it be because it’s common for people down here to own guns? She takes advantage of what the south offers, particularly, feeling safe in many areas, but turns her nose up at gun ownership.

I was supposed to talk about the movement by the left to remove all statutes of generals and other prominent members of the Confederacy. Instead, I let my feelings be known about folks who move to the south from other parts of the country, take advantage of the many things we have to offer, but still insist on belittling the southern people and the southern culture.

Now that I’ve had my say, I’m ready to get to my thoughts on the actual removal of the statues and memorials in my next article. It’s coming.

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