Sunday, December 17, 2017

Sweet Home Alabama

By Rich Kozlovich

Sweet Home Alabama was a song realease in 1974 by Lynyrd Skynyrd and was an instant hit, and as far as I can tell it's still popular.  As it turns out - it's also controversial - which I never knew until now.  At issue: Is it pro-South or is it Anti-South?  Is it conservative or is it liberal? 

I guess I just like the song and never got that involved in looking for - or seeing - any deep down hidden agenda or meaning.   I shouldn't be surprise though, since now even Jingle Bells is being called racist.  Is there anything the left can't declare as racist?  The left declares something as racist and their myrmidons have a knee jerk reaction, just like Pavlov's dogs who he conditioned to salivate when he rang a bell. 

But one thing is clear - it would appear this last election has created the same kind of controversy. 

Many of my readers will have noted I’ve not said much about the Alabama race and what Judge Roy Moore did or didn’t do. And the reason why?  I don’t really know what he did or didn’t do!  I did post articles by others showing this was a political ploy and most of what came out was highly dubious, but I kept wondering: why any 30-year-old man would want to date anyone who was a teenager, if he had no untoward intentions? 

It appears he treated them with respect, and it appears he was simply looking for a marriage partner who was half his age. Personally, I don’t think he did do anything untoward, but I also think a thirty year old man dating a sixteen year old girl is weird.

John Whitesides published this article: After Alabama upset, Democrats see new prospects in U.S. South, saying:
“The solidly Republican South suddenly looks a little less solid. Tuesday’s upset win by Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama, coupled with last month’s Democratic sweep in Virginia, has given the party new optimism about its 2018 prospects in the South and other conservative, heavily rural regions where Republicans have dominated for decades”  
DNC Chairman Perez claims Democrats can win in every zip code in America. Doug Jones feels his efforts should be the road map and template for Democrat wins all through the South by pushing for huge black turnouts and staying far away from the far left agenda touted by and driven by the Democratic National Committee. So it appears his solution to cracking the South is to mislead them about what the Democrat party stands for and by race baiting as the templant the Democrats need to crack the South away from the Republicans.

Is that really a way to create a tectonic shift among the conservative leaning South - not the Republican leaning South - the Conservative leaning South?

The fact of the matter is Democrats have serious problems with large areas of the country once they're outside major metropolitan areas, with the exception of places like New York, California and a few other places.  In spite of the media drum beating “sex offender” and “pedophile” 24/7 about Moore, this race was close.

That doesn’t seem like a tectonic shift to me.

Conservatives won’t forget what Democrats really think of them. Hillary called conservatives the 'Basket of Deplorables'.  Which Democrats condemned her for that? Do they think no one will remember Democrats think they're Deplorable

Or perhaps no one will remember Obama ridiculing them for being bitter, and as a result, “they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”   As if the country doesn’t really understand the real issue about immigration, especially illegal immigration.  It's about getting more Democrats elected and destroying the Constitution.   I'm I overstating that?  Who is it demanding the First Amendment (freedom of speech) be overtuned as hate speech? It's not conservatives!

Conservatives see this in broader terms, with better meaning and understanding than does the media or the Democrats, so why didn't they vote for Moore?  It's my opiniion they didn’t vote for him as they would have Sessions because they just didn’t like this whole problem with Moore.  Even if they believed he didn’t do anything wrong. Maybe, like me, they also thought his penchant for young girls was weird. But conservatives have learned to be patient, and they know this race wasn’t going to seat anyone for a normal six year Senate term.

Ann Coulter (who I think is also a bit weird, so it scares me when I think she demonstrates good insight and vision) wrote why she secretly wanted Judge Moore to lose.  Her cry - Brooks 2020!

She claims “Rep. Mo Brooks was the true Trumpian candidate in Alabama", which is why she "endorsed him in the primary"……”  saying, “Trump should have endorsed Brooks”…. “but he endorsed Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s pro-amnesty candidate, Luther Strange, on the advice of his son-in-law” [after all] “who knows Alabama politics better than Jared Kushner?” And I think that’s a critical statement!

The people of Alabama know Alabama far better than the national parties or the media, or Jard Kushner.  It's my view Alabama Republicans, especially the conservatives, are playing the long game.  The Democrats won a field goal.  Alabama conservatives want touchdowns. 

She notes, “Sessions won his last re-election with 97 percent of the vote", as a solid conservative! She feels Brooks can now run in 2020, and if elected can take the place of Sessions as being a solid conservative thorn in the side of the Mitch McConnell Senate Republicans.

Right now the Republican majority in the Senate is 51-49 - slim but not disastrous.  Conservatives see this farther down the road. John Whitesides notes: “Democrats will have to defend 26 seats, including 10 in states won by Trump. They would need to pick up two more Republican-held states to reclaim control.” “In the House of Representatives, Democrats need to gain 24 seats to win a majority.”

Can Democrats win outside major metropolitan areas of the country?  Can they retake the suburbs? That remains to be seen and given their penchant - and need - to cater to the left wing base and the unending racist rhetoric they spew out - it seems to me to be unlikely. As you look at who took the counties in the last Presidential election – not the states, the counties – Democrats lost big.

We'll see, but this isn't the disaster that's being painted by the left and their megaphones in the media.  The 2018 midterms will be a bloodbath for both parties.  For the Democrats it will be in the general election and for the Republicans it will be in the primaries, although some of that's been fixed by RINO's retiring so they won't have to face their constitutents.  But make no mistake about this - this Alabama election isn't what it appears on the surface. 

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