I went to Mississippi once for a one day sales call. We flew from Chicago to a northern Mississippi city, drove from airport to factory, made our presentation, and retraced our route.
I don’t know much about Mississippi, other than how to spell it. “Can you spell Mississippi?” was a frequent challenge in early elementary grades. I do know that Mississippi is a very poor state.
While waiting for the meeting to start, I remarked that Mississippi looked different from what I had imagined. Our client was on to me in an instant. You are from the North; you expected to see black men in chain gangs didn’t you? He had my number–I had anticipated something like that. Our client went on to explain that Mississippi was nothing like that, at least in urban centers. He asserted that he was an Easterner himself and was not prejudiced against any racial group. I had already put my foot in my mouth, we were there to do business not to argue, I kept my head down after that.
Mississippi is next door to Alabama, another very poor state. We hear much lately about Alabama values. What are Alabama values? Are they the values of a recently arrived factory purchasing agent, of a white male politician, of the rural poor?
Are Mississippi values, or Alabama values, what keeps those low tax States poor? One might think so. Are President Trump’s values Alabama values? He says so. How about Tom Reed’s values? Do they help keep NY-23 poor?
Tom Reed’s supporters often claim he is doing exactly what they want and expect him to do. This is a surprising claim–Tom doesn’t often advertise his votes, so other than dogged opposition to even the most reasonable firearm regulations, one might think few know what Tom has done. Rather than base their support on facts, or even alternate facts, Tom’s supports have faith in him and the Republican Party. It may be faith in the GOP that motivates Alabama voters to vote for the Republican no matter what.