EYE wish the Alabama Democratic Party would make up it's mind, one day they are trying take their party back from a racist old black man named Joe Reed, and the next day they announce a black Baptist Minister as their candidate to challenge republican Mo Brooks.... at a Brewery. This is the perfect example of wanting to have it both ways. On one hand they don't want to be known as the party of blacks, but they realize this is a presidential election year and black democratic voters can be counted on to vote a straight ticket. But them there black democrats are the reason the party is a disaster (their words not mine).
We held our nose and did what the republicans did and voted a straight ticket. If the conservadems had joined with us, instead of being against us, democrats wouldn't have taken a bloodbath. But noooo, conservadems just had to whup State Senator Hank Sanders for his mad as hell robo call to DEMOCRATIC voters and put his "abrasive wife" in her place. That will learn them about dealing the race cared in every hand. Yessum. *Snark*And what do we get for our loyalty? The blame when things go wrong, and foiled attempts to take their party back to before.
So, when I hear someone say that they want to take their country back, I cannot help but look at the person making that statement and wonder, which country do they want? The one that used police to bust up unions? The one that made lynchings a celebratory outing? The one that preached a woman should be happy staying home, raising the kids and catering to her husband's every whim? The one where homosexuals hid their sexual orientation from all but their closest confidantes out of fear their careers and lives would be destroyed, and that they would be disowned by their families? The one where black people could not eat in the same restaurants at which white people ate, or drink from the same water fountains, or attend the same schools or live in the same neighborhoods or ....The Alabama Democratic Party needs to decide if they want their party back, or not. They can't have it both ways.
I don't want my country back. I want a better country. One that truly provides liberty and justice for all people. And I certainly don't want a country where anyone can discriminate against anyone else of whom they do disapprove and escape liability for that immoral and otherwise unlawful act under any pretext, be it freedom of religion, racial superiority or traditional values.
I never want to go back to the country that existed when I was born. The one that exists now needs far too much improvement as it is.
And therein lies the problem within the Alabama Democratic Party (cue in Dixie). There are two separate but unequal Elephants waging a civil war under the big tent, with the white Elephants trying to figure out how they can rise again without the black Elephants, especially those who stood up and made a difference.RedEye