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Born May 18, 1953; got saved at Truett Memorial BC in Hayesville, NC 1959. On rigged ballot which I did not rig got Most Intellectual class of 71, Gaffney High School. Furman Grad, Sociology major but it was little tougher than Auburn football players had Had three dates with beautiful women the summer of 1978. Did not marry any of em. Never married anybody cause what was available was undesirable and what was desirable was unaffordable. Unlucky in love as they say and even still it is sometimes heartbreaking. Had a Pakistani Jr. Davis Cupper on the Ropes the summer of 84, City Courts, Rome Georgia I've a baby sitter, watched peoples homes while they were away on Vacation. Freelance writer, local consultant, screenwriter, and the best damn substitute teacher of Floyd County Georgia in mid 80's according to an anonymous kid passed me on main street a few years later when I went back to get a sandwich at Schroeders. Had some good moments in Collinsville as well. Ask Casey Mattox at www.clsnet.org if he will be honest about it. I try my best to make it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby NC at least four times a year.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Dry Humpin America; Attention North Carolina, Way Past Time to Bury Jesse Helms and Lee Atwater, The Real Deplorables

       I know  Lee Atwater is from South Carolina. I'm from Gaffney; Lee's wife is from Union and his daughter went to Furman, Marshall Frady and My alma mater.

    That said as I told Cliff Simms yesterday on Yellowhammer Radio, Hillary Clinton made a major gaffe Friday speaking of the Deplorables. The conservative scholar from Stanford and Hillsdale on NPR Sat morning can help her refine what she was getting at with Trump voters.

    But there are some deplorables in this conversation and its time North Carolina gets it right. Fill in the dots in case I miss any in the following exploration of the legacy of Atwater and Helms, Ratfucking, Bleaching, Fundamentalist takeover of the Southern Baptist Covention and Atwaters' "Trump" card, irony intended and targeted.

      What I miss Garry Wills nails in his easily googled nybooks.com reviews of Joe Scarborough and EJ Dionne on the GOP. Two Reviews. Read both.

     Whats at stake in NC, especially Baptists--there are still a lots of em and more significant ones than Billy Graham ( a distraction at minimum, see Randall Balmer on BGee and the judgement of history) is the legacy of Carlyle Marney, George Truett and Cecil Sherman and how the authentic ones can make a difference. Put the late Dean Smith in that mix.

   These Baptists knew Bill Friday former Chancellor of the UNC system was spot on when he told former FBC Asheville pastor Cecil Sherman Jesse Helms was up to no good  when his fellow fundamentalist minions took over the Seminary in the Town of Wake Forest in 87. This and other factors mushroomed into the ratfucking tea party of today and Mark Meadows and SC Trey Gowdy should own it. See Wuthnow's Rough Country and Atwater Memo.

    In 1984 Lee Atwater wrote a memo to the Reagan Bush committee that said in the south there were three groups, the Country Club Republicans, the Blacks and the White Populists. The WP's resent the wealth and status of the CC GOP but hold antipathy toward the Blacks: "They are the trump card in the game of politics in the South".

     Wills spells that out in his reviews and Charles Blow found it full circle yesterday in the NY Times with his focus on SC

     http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/12/opinion/about-the-basket-of-deplorables.html?_r=0

     The Wuthnow Atwater memo reveals how Atwater laid out the evolution of race strategy into the politics of school prayer, abortion, and other religion card machinations. His political bastard child Karl Rove played it into the politics of the Southern Baptist Convention as Friday hinted to Sherman.

    In the early 90s I heard the Baptist legend Will Campbell speak at the Pastors School at Furman. I remember the room was packed in the then new music auditorium and Campbell had Dean McKnight and Jack Flanders friend Bob Crapps belly laughin. His text as best I can discern was Ezekiel 23 on dry Humpin and the Whore of Babylon and how no good issue could come of a mule trying to screw a horse. Was his metaphor for the fundy takeover of the SBC, nothing can come of it, no life in dry humpn.

    Now that metaphor is appropo for the folks hoodwinked by the politics of Trump. Dry Humpin doesn't Spark, no gestation, produces bastards politically and the real deplorables are the likes of Helms and Atwater and the other miscreants in Daley's book and Wills' review and its time the good folks in North Carolina, literate white folks and others of good will whose soul hasn't been molested by the legacy of Helms and Atwater and make this most essential electoral college state count.

    Trump among the "Values Voters" --most disgusting David Barton and Eric Metaxas--   http://religiondispatches.org/trump-doesnt-need-to-pivot-if-evangelicals-do-it-for-him/


    Google my references above. Read your Bible, Ezekiel 23. Do the right thing.

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