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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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UNLEASHED LIBERALS

Years and years ago, I heard Rush Limbaugh comment that liberals were the craziest when they were out of power.

Now that the left no longer has the presidency, the Congress, and hopefully soon, power will return to the right on the Supreme Court, we have unleashed liberals, saying anything to get attention, not caring if it is true or false.

I often use the term, “tolerant left.” I have even told some folks that I coined the term. Bill O’Reilly has used the term, but only after I used it. It’s no secret to anyone that liberals are the most tolerant and open-minded people on earth except when you don’t agree with them and where they stand on political issues. Then you are subject to ridicule and being called a moron, idiot, clueless, and a few other monikers which I won’t put in print.

A week ago, an interesting looking article appeared on my newsfeed. The headline read: Trump Takes Breather from White House, Hold Rally this Weekend

This article was shared by a liberal and contained comments by unleashed liberals. According to most news outlets, President Trump has worked every day since he’s been in office, but these unleashed liberals were accusing him of taking the weekends off. In fact, on this particular weekend, it was announced early on Friday (February 17, 2017) that after going to the Charleston Boeing plant for the unveiling of a new plane, that he would be spending a weekend working at Mar-a-Lago. The unleashed liberals claimed that he had already taken three vacations since becoming president. The unleashed liberals were also complaining about the so-called campaign rally that he was holding late Saturday afternoon, saying that he had better things to do with his time that attend a rally. One poster on another thread implied that the president only worked 9-5, five days a week.

The problems with these unleashed liberals, among other things, is they can’t seem to understand what they read. Ever since I’ve been commenting on liberal threads, I often must explain what I write two or three times to get a liberal to understand what I’m writing about. It makes me wonder if, to avoid admitting to being wrong, they’re attempting to change the subject.

When I commented, asking the participants on the thread, would they rather the president play golf or go on a date night like Obama was continuously doing, the comments were generally that he should be doing the country’s work, instead. One commenter even said there was no precedence for such a rally. Again, the unleashed liberals can’t comprehend what they read or hear. No precedence for such a rally? Does there have to be. Remember, Jimmy Carter started his presidency out with those fireside chats, a new thing in the era of television. Not since Franklin Roosevelt had that been done. I further pointed out to the unleashed liberals that Obama held multiple rallies when foisting Obamacare on the American people. They denied it, but, as usual, they were wrong. After one commenter kept insisting that he had better things with that two hours Saturday evening that to hold a rally, I got a little chippy and indicated that she should apply for the position of scheduling advisor.

These threads, whether they are conservative leaning or liberal leaning always get off subject. One commenter asked about FEMA aid for the New Orleans tornado victims and for the Oroville damn scenario in California. I had read where California Governor Moonbeam had an acknowledgement from President Trump that assistance was approved and on the way. While I never heard anything about FEMA assistance to New Orleans. If it had been delayed, we would have heard about it. You can “betcha” bottom dollar. Of course, one unleashed liberal whined because she thought President Trump should have said something about the disasters. Upon this, I informed her that during the Nashville, Tennessee flood of 2010, Obama never talked about it, nor did he visit the Nashville area. I then threw in the fact that after the generational tornado outbreak on April 27, 2011 where parts of the states of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia were devastated by long-form violent tornadoes, the only thing Obama did was visit Tuscaloosa, Alabama a few weeks after the fact.

The thread got very contentions with a number of the commenters piling on me, which is nothing new. At one point, one of the commenters attacked me in way that I have never been attacked, even by the most hate-filled unleashed liberals. At first, I laughed and shook my head. But after several hours, I started thinking that this particular attack was way out of line. I responded to the commenter that his/her (couldn’t tell from first name if man or woman) comments may have crossed the line when it comes to appropriateness. I then asked this person to take the comments down. I wasn’t holding my breath that the comments would be removed, but in less than twenty-four hours, they were.

Before their gal lost the election, liberals were the real haters, racists, bigots, and liars. Plus, they’ve always had trouble with reading comprehension and don’t care about the truth. Get ready, this new wave of unleashed liberals is becoming their former selves on steroids.

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