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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 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, October 25, 2016

"Fourteen karat son of a bitch with spare parts"

    Furman great Marshall Frady's last review in the New York Review of Books was of Steve Oney's And the Dead Shall Rise, about the 1915 lynching of Leo Frank in Cobb County Georgia. The lynching was in a meadow now under the south bound lane of I 75 about the water park where you can look out Hwy 20 and see the Big Chicken.

    Yesterday I talked to Patrick Phillips, author of the riveting new book Blood at the Root, about the 1912 lynchings in Forsyth County Georgia, resurrected to national attention in 1987 by a young Oprah Wynfrey and one of the last hurrahs of Gary Hart. The quote above Phillips uses from Oney's book to describe Newt Morris, a judge in a bowtie in a pic with the hanging body of Frank, who was also key in the earlier lynchings in Forsyth.

    What follows is an imaginative historical analysis with suppositions of how Frady would treat Trey Gowdy in this Trump, Billy Graham, Ben Ghazi, Fox News Moment in the South Carolina US 4th Congressional District.

    Gowdy was onstage last night at Frady and my alma mater, Furman, for a conversation with his challenger Chris Fedalei. Later those two joined in a roundtable conversation with SC's first Black Republican Senator Tim Scott.

   Scott has ties to Chic Fil A. CFA CEO Dan Cathy was in my religion class at Furman fall of 71. Small world.

    But continuing.

    Whether or not Frady would name Gowdy another "14 karat son of a bith with spare parts" we may never know. But Frady's familiarity with such language from southern pols, his insights in his biography of George Wallace and on to Billy Graham not hard to believe Frady would see a lot of Gowdy in the pattern.

   In his bio of Graham, Frady compared him to the penultimate American Innocent,Billy Budd of Melville's Moby Dick. Said Graham saw the world through "welkin eyes".

     Gowdy I don't think is that innocent. Gowdy to me carries all the weight and evil machinations of the worst of Nixon and the insidious Lee Atwater and Governor Carroll Campbell, Campbell as Nordic blue eyed and blonde as Gowdy, though never quite slicked his air that gelly.

    Gowdy swims in the world of the dark money of the Koch Brothers, the NRA and Fox News. Investigate that world. How he maintains good standing in FBC Spartanburg with Billy Graham I don't know.

   Gowdy when he reads and I hope he will, will be taken by the title of the chapter in which the Newt Morris quote appears, The chapter titled "The Majesty of the Law". Bama Senator Sessions should like that title as well. Quote of 14 karats from the mouth of a Cobb County resident, a Mr Willingham.

    FBC Spartanburg every couple years or so sponsors an event, Truth for a New Generation. I've never been able to darken the door of one of those events, keep hoping George Singleton will do the honors and report in the Oxford American but that hasn't happened yet.

   I think it fair to say not many of the proffs or administration of the folks I knew at Furman would find much in common with the values and ideological compulsions of TFNG and liberal arts vision of Furman; nor Wofford nor Converse for that matter.

    So Trey Gowdy continues to pull off a hat trick with the Downtown Destination City Republicans of Main Street Greenville SC.

    Take a look at Phillips book. Find Marshall Frady's collection Southerners. Google Rebecca West Greenville Opera from the 1946 New Yorker on the lynching of Willie Earl and see if there in Strom Thurmond's America you don't find the charlatan Trey Gowdy.

  Post script. Taylor Branch has a sterling blurb on the inside front fly cover of Blood at the Root. Pulitzer Prize Winner Branch was in Texas with Bill and Hillary Clinton in 1972 working on the Clinton Campaign. With detours here and there Hillary Clinton's north Star and inner circle has been of the best of our generation. Trey Gowdy is a darling of Fox News and the underbelly of right wing fundamentalism in this country.

   Here are more blurbs and links for Phillips grand book which also comes with endorsement of Bryan Stevenson of the Justice Initiative of Montgomery, Alabama

And Billy Graham's North Carolina. What does Trey Gowdy say about this at FBC Spartanburg:


Blogger foxofbama said...

And see concluding remarks of Delbanco in this series at Can Gowdy find it within himself to reach across the aisle for remedies he obstructed in the Obama administration?

4:15 PM  

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