“Everybody is just dumbfounded.”
So said Steve Czonstka, obviously born in Romania or Kenya judging by his name.
Steve, chair of the Republican Party in these parts, was flummoxed by the vote last month. “Dumbfounded,” he said. Another of his cohorts said, “I’m just mystified,” at the results.
The bottom line of local Republications was, “We failed to get our message out.”
No, Steve. You got it out just fine. And it worked in the Redneck Rivera just fine, ‘cause people around here don’t really question all that much unless it involves Uncle Farley and that cute little goat in Mossy Head.
(Farley won, ‘causa they screwed up the DNA test….)
True story, but his name may not a been Farley….
But, Steve, you got your message out. And it really didn’t matter up here in Lower Alabama. You sewed up the vote because, as the saying goes, “The further north in Florida you go, the more South you get.”
So here you were with a bunch of Rednecks who haven’t thought themselves Democrats since that Lincoln fellow came up and screwed up the order of life, and then there was that “Blue Dog” Democrat thing which went away after they couldn’t find enough rope.
So the South turned Republican, and that’s about when I turned North.
Don’t doubt me. I was a huge Goldwater supporter…ran his bumper sticker all over northern Idaho…played tennis with Barry, Jr., and thought his father was the Messiah our country needed. But it wasn’t to be, thanks to some terrible television commercials the damn democrats put on. Terrible display of Goldwater’s abilities!
But I remained a true Republican until……..
Until Ralph Reed, Jerry Falwell and some other brain-dead evangelicals hijacked the Republican Party.
I bailed, and became, to paraphrase from St. Thomas Aquinas, an “Extreme Moderate.”
That’s not easy to be here on Okey-Dokey County. My Conservative friends think I’m sort of a Turn Coat after I pledged my allegiance to Obama.
It wasn’t easy for me.
I’d been raised as a Republican, however ones parents do that. I just know that the most Evil member of out family was a cousin who was A Democrat! My mother was civil to him, but greatly distressed that there was some sort of blood-tie to him, which there wasn’t because he was a Democrat!
Fie upon him!!!
I left the right when Jerry Falwell and Ralph Reed hijacked the party of my for bearers and decided such issues as women’s reproductive rights were nothing women should be concerned with. Nay, these gents know well what our women should do.
What was that echo recently: “If a woman becomes pregnant as a result of a rape it’s because God wanted it.” Thanks, Republicans, but I’m outta here.
That said, my Right Wing friends are a lot more agitated than I would have been if Romney had been elected.
He had credentials as an effective administrator (Olympics, etc…) and seemed quite capable of running this country. So I wouldn’t have rolled myself into the quilts saying the world is going to hell.
But some of my Righties are quite distressed. And I don’t get it.
That behind us, The Rev, aka, The Reverend Dr. Thomas Lane Butts was in town for the weekend.
He’s won a great deal of friends since he hit a $2.3 million jackpot at the Indian casino in Atmore, Alabama.
And he did it on penny slots.
OK. He was playing the max bet…….300 pennies. No coward he.
But it hit. And he was soon surrounded by a squad of security personnel, all of whom said the customers think you have the $2.3 million in your pocket. So he accepted their vigilance.
They then sent a stretch limo to Monroeville, Ala., to pick up his wife, Hilda. The Rev had called her to tell her of his good fortune, but she, like I when he emailed me, thought he was drunk on his butt and fantasying.
Turns out he wasn’t. He beat 25,000,000 to one odds and won a bucket of money.
He’s given a bunch of it away, sadly none of it to the guy who houses and drinks him when he comes here.
I mean, he has his own key to my home. He has his own bedroom and bath in my home, yet he’s yet to bestow a sou on my generosity. But I’m so happy for him.
After the elections he said, “It all makes sense now. In Washington State gay marriage and legalized marijuana were voted in on the same day.
“It’s all there in Leviticus 20:13. ‘If a man lays with another man he should be stoned.’”
We’ve just been interpreting it wrong all these years….