I went to Mississippi once

mississippiI 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.


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4 Responses to I went to Mississippi once

  1. whungerford says:

    There are two silly ideas that we hear again and again, neither necessarily associated with the South:

    • Trump was vindicated by his election; he is excused whatever he might have done..
    • Unless one was convicted in a court of law, no wrong was done.


  2. Rynstone says:

    I am not defending Donald Trump. I am defending the US Constitution and the Rule of Law. President Trump was invited to speak at the opening of the opening of A Civil Rights Museum in Miss. He accepted and spoke. Can you imagine the main street media outcry had President Trump not accepted the invitation and did not attend and speak?!?!?!?

    There were those few who decided to take this as an opportunity to further divide the races and our country’s politics. (CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS and NBC gave this part of the story lots of coverage)
    John Lewis, the Democrat congressman from Georgia made a point of skipping the President’s speech and described Mr. Trump’s policies toward Mexicans, Muslims and other minorities as an insult to the museum’s purpose. (Apparently John Lewis can’t bring himself to say “President Trump”)
    State Senator Sollie Norwood of Jackson, Miss declined to attend Mr. Trump’s speech. He said he was looking forward to seeing the museum after the president left. “That will be the day that all of us will walk in.”
    President Trump who ignored calls to back out of the event by some civil rights veterans, said after a brief tour of the museum.
    “The fight to end slavery, to break down Jim Crow, to end segregation, to gain the right to vote, and to achieve the sacred birthright of equality — that’s big stuff,” Mr. Trump added. “Those are very big phrases, very big words.”

    Can you imagine the outcry if any GOP politicians had acted like this during the Obama years. One has to ask why so many Democrat politicians are so intent on keeping this country divided between races and ethnic groups.

    As far as people in public positions being forced out of office merely by allegation, many of which unproven and none, that I am aware of, given under oath is a travesty to our Justice System.
    Even the women, women and children who were convicted at the Salem Witch Trials were given a trial.

    It looks to me like the Democrats are trying hard to bring back the mob rule and the lynchings that they were so famous for until the Republican led Civil Rights movement.
    They should be ashamed of themselves.


  3. whungerford says:

    “The Republican led Civil Rights movement,” on what planet was that?


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