Evolution of the Dixiecrats Democrats, to the Southern Republicans, to the post 2016 election Republicans in the South

In response to Jay Bookman’s Sunday column of August 10, 2016, I responded, thus:

I also read Jay Bookman’s column in the Sunday paper version today.  Here is my take:

Bookman sees and writes through the eyes of the scientist.  I see and write through the eyes of the mystic.

He deduces through mental logic.  I conclude through understanding spiritual transformation.

Bookman is partly rightly, imo, and partly wrong.

The Republican Party in the South is simply the old Dixiecrat Democratic Party in the South, changed somewhat through time transformation.  The South, and the nation, are changing from within.  Thus, one does not need to compartmentalize the Southern Republicans to the South, only, and have the mainstream GOP turn itself into another political party in the rest of the nation.

The South has always had a strong spiritual base, and much of that has been based on suffering, especially of the black Southerners, but also of the poverty of the region for all Southerners.  Nevertheless, spiritual values dominate in the South in the deepest resources of its people’s souls.  The Republican Party of the South is going to be transformed, as I see it, by Southern blacks, Southern young people, and Southern women, the healing agents for the Republican Party, which will remain whole, throughout the nation including in the South. Thus, the Republican Party in the South will remain being called the Republican Party, but the Trump-based Republicans in Georgia will die out or be transformed in soul, themselves, from within.

Trump has been God’s ironic agent to speed up this natural spiritual evolution of the present day spiritual limitations of the Tea Party Republicans and of the present day Main Stream Republicans to become one in the spirit with the spirit of God and of humanity.  The new Democratic Party of Georgia will help to transform all of the people of Georgia, including Georgia’s Republicans, into this more egalitarian spirit. Ironically, though he may not realize this, Jay Bookman has been a part of this spiritual evolution of transforming the soul of the South, both Democrats and Republicans, through his progressive opinions, shared throughout this state, over many years.

 

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The Changing South in the 21st Century

Here are my reflections on Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s blogger and columnist, Jay Bookman, on the morning of August 13, 2016:

MaryElizabethSings:

Good Morning to all.  Someone else may have had this same thought, but I want to share it anyway.

It seems to me that with the phenomena that has become Donald Trump, the Old South is finally going to release itself from its own bondage.  LBJ said that with the passage of the Civil Rights Act into law, the Democrats would lose the solid South for a generation or more.  He was right, of course, but he knew that he was fostering the greater long-ranged good for all of the South, and all of the nation, by passing that act into law, which JFK had begun.

Now, with Trump, the polls are showing that Hillary Clinton is ahead of Trump in Virginia, NC, Georgia, Florida, and I think Louisiana.  South Carolina, the home state of the beginning of the Civil War, has Trump, now, only 2% points higher than Clinton, 44% to 42%.

Thus, when the solid South breaks up into majority Democratic states for the November election, it will have saved itself from its own tragic history over centuries, and though it will no longer be the Solid South, it will become one with the rest of the nation and the world in no longer playing the part of rebel, in days to come, under Hillary as our leader, as I see it.

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Poster #1’s reponse:

MaryElizabethSings: Thus, when the solid South breaks up into majority Democratic states for the November election

I will believe the South has changed after several election cycles after 2016.

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Mary Elizabeth responds:

The changing demographics of the South will ensure that it will no longer be labeled, “The Solid South.” The older white Southern male who has kept the South “solid” – by either the Dixiecrat Democratic or the present Republican label – for generations of paternalism is dying out.  Trump’s highly dramatic entrance onto the stage at this particular time simply highlights what would have happened later, anyway.  A figurative revolution of Southern consciousness rather than an expected evolution of Southern consciousness, as I observe it to be.  Trump  is making lemonade for the South out of lemons, inadvertently.

 

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Poster #1 responds, again:

I know my town.  Most of them are Rs and so are their spawns.

I figured so is most of the South.  Some of them are disgusted by Trump and they will revert back to where they were.  Hope i am wrong but I don’t see it.

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Mary Elizabeth responds:

“God works in mysterious ways, His glory to behold.”  Even when white Southerners were hating on MLK Jr. in Southern society in the 1950s and 1960s, deep in the spiritual resources of their individual souls, they knew MLK was spiritually right.

Thus, MLK fostered the evolution of the spirit of humankind in the nation and in the South, and in the world, faster than it would have been over much more time.  Ditto Lincoln and ditto FDR and Eleanor, ditto JFK/LBJ, ditto in the inverse, Donald Trump.

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Poster #2 responds:

Yep. Will take several more elections before the Ds are really competing in the south. Take Trump out of the equation and it would be close or the same as we have seen for years.

It will come but the Trump phenomena has it appearing closer than it actually is in reality.

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Poster #3 responds:

 The demographics they are a changin’.

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Poster #2 responds:

Yes however as far as 2016 is concerned if you take out Trump the chances are slim that HC is competing in some of these states

Probably still ahead in the national polls if it had been any other R but not as close as she is in the polls of a few southern states outside of FL, VA and maybe NC

GA and SC seem to be polling close but I contend it has little to do with HC and more to do with Trump.

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Poster #3 responds:

 No doubt, but as the old whiteys die off, things will change. Currently mentoring a millennial, and have been most impressed – there’s lots of hope ahead.

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Mary Elizabeth responds:Ironically, as the black people and other minorities further integrate the South, in terms of being its leaders and not simply its underclass, these minorities will ensure that the original ideals and tenets of the American soul, as exemplified in the Declaration of Independence and the U. S. Constitution, will continue, but not just for the white, elite male, but for all people, everywhere – in the South, in the nation, and throughout the world.  Welcome to the 21st Century!  Ain’t God grand?!

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Shining a Light on Truth

I posted these thoughts originally on Jay Bookman’s blog, on August 11, 2016:

Sometimes one has to choose.  Take me with humility.  I value humility.  I simply value truth more. Thus, given the parameters of my particular personality, giving allegiance to truth makes humility become my sacrificial lamb.

Earlier this morning I posted here that I could no longer bear listening to Donald Trump’s voice and turned off my TV when his presence was in my home, figuratively.  Trump is so full of lies that I cannot tolerate him, now, to the point of even hearing his voice.

Last night I watched the documentary on PBS about LBJ’s life. LBJ’s admirable presidential tenure – during the first two years of his presidency with passage into law of the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, Medicare, and his War on Poverty and Great Society visions –  turned sour with his handling of the Vietnam War. Lyndon Johnson, who had been the consummate politician of persuasion, had to made a choice. That choice would be whether to persuade the American public of the “success” of that war through persuasive lies, or to tell the American people the truth – that we were losing that war and we should pull out. In telling the American people lies about Vietnam, LBJ left office a defeated man.  Those lies, he had made himself believe for what he thought was for the greater good, eventually killed him.  His failure in his decision-making regarding that war, and his lies, took its toll on his spirit and his body.  Lies do kill. He was dead within 5 years of leaving office, and the Vietnam War was over shortly, thereafter, ironically.

Eventually, truth will prevail, as will love, thanks be to God. We must sacrifice what we must to shine a light on both, always.  They both foster life.

Another poster:

Make no apologies, Mary Elizabeth! False humility is not truth, and if you value truth, then never pretend to it.

My response to that poster:

I well know that false humility is not truth, and that is why I never fake humility, just to please others.  I value truth too much to do that.

Thank you for your post which allows me to be even clearer.  Btw, truth and love both foster life, and that is why we must ever shine the light on both.

Donald Trump, imo, has neither truth, humility, nor love within his spirit and we must be ever vigilant in exposing that fact.  His spirit would not bring life, but death, if not of the body then of the American spirit, to the presidency.


Finally, I believe eventually that truth and love will foster communion more than competition in humankind.

 

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Changing and Elevating the World Toward God’s Eternal and Loving Soul

My father speaks to each of us from beyond the grave. This, his last poem and work of prose, was penned in 1999, only months before he died in early 2000, at age 80:

“FAREWELL TO THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

Farewell to the dear century past
You brought the possible and the impossible together
You stood the trials of war and peace
Through fair and stormy weather!
You began a bridge
To span the gap ’til century twenty-one
And foresaw nations small and great
On a road where humanity could be won!

Farewell to thee and your creative might
You left the “Industrial Age,”
And challenged science of yesterday
To place missiles and patriots on the stage!
You proclaimed peace to replace war
In a parliament of brotherhood
And foresaw a world where humans dwell
With their problems understood!

Farewell to thee, O century great!
Long may your ideals reign
And leave “the sunshine” of peace and hope
Through the war clouds of a distant rain!
Thus, open wide a bridge of understanding
As century twenty-one shall begin
Then seek the wisdom of Providence
To guide us to the end!”

In today’s paper Atlanta Journal-Constitution (August 9, 2016), columnist and blogger Jay Bookman has selected a column he ran on his blog during the past week for publication. It ends with the lines, “I don’t know how this story will end. Trump will lose, yes, but I suspect that that is only the beginning of this story, not the end.” (Somewhat paraphrased)
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I’m going to take a chance and tell you my version of how this story will “begin.” We are now into the second decade of the 21st century, and when Hillary Clinton completes her first term a President, we will be into the 3rd decade of this century and this millennium. Donald Trump will be a thing of the past, if not in body, then in consciousness. Hillary will have put this nation and this world onto a period of steadiness, in which we can build something positive. And, what might that be? Read the Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech of Barack Obama for that long-ranged vision, and recall the writings of Martin Luther King, Jr., for that long-ranged vision. The world must wake up to the fact that consciousness must and has already changed toward seeing that we are only ants in the ant bed of this planet, and unless we work together to keep our common home stable for all of us, some of us will cause all of us to perish. Yes, God works in mysterious ways to change and elevate the consciousness of humankind toward his eternal and loving soul.

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Prophesying Into the 21st Century

Mary Elizabeth’s thoughts, below, were posted originally on the “Get Schooled” blog of the AJC, on August 3, 2016.

Link: http://getschooled.blog.myajc.com/2016/08/03/online-courses-explode-but-90-percent-of-enrollees-drop-out-within-two-weeks-why/

As technology continues to expand and computers take over more and more jobs essential for humankind’s survival, I would hope that more of the world’s population will enter into the fields of service jobs, such as teaching others not only in skills but also in knowledge of academics which will foster enlightenment of the human condition, as well as engineers who would train or serve others in poor communities across the globe in farming techniques, sewage control means, purifying water supplies, etc. Moreover, doctors and nurses and caregivers of all kinds could give on-site medical service to those with health needs, such as old age care.

Even with interaction on Facebook and other social media outlets for online learning, nothing can replace love and authentic care between one human being and another, shown through real live hugs and handshakes, among many other ways in which direct contact is operative, such as simple eye contact, with all of the subtleties, contained within that immediate, in the flesh, communion.

Online learning can make the initial start into educating the world and developing its literacy, but real-time human bodies/souls, interacting, with compassion and knowledge, with other human bodies/souls on the ground – where they live throughout the globe – educates in ways beyond the cognitive, which will help human beings survive on our common planet, together.

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David Brooks on the Role of the Artist in Society

Excerpt from Brooks’ column, “How Artists Change the World,” published August 2, 2016, in The New York Times:

“ ‘Poets, prophets and reformers are all picture makers — and this ability is the secret of their power and of their achievements,’ Douglass wrote. This is where artists make their mark, by implanting pictures in the underwater processing that is upstream from conscious cognition. Those pictures assign weights and values to what the eyes take in.

I never understand why artists want to get involved in partisanship and legislation. The real power lies in the ability to recode the mental maps people project into the world. . . .

These images don’t change your mind; they smash through some of the warped lenses through which we’ve been taught to see.”

 

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The State of Georgia and the 2016 Presidential Election

From Jay Bookman’s blog on August 2, 2016:

Another poster: “What happens in GA is largely irrelevant to the national election.”

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MaryElizabethSings: Not true. Georgia’s latest polls have Clinton at 46% and Trump at 46%.  It is possible for Georgia to turn Blue in this election and, thereby, affect the trajectory of this nation and of this world, positively, for future generations.

Make your support for Hillary Clinton be impacting and make your vote count.  Women, blacks, Latinos, all minorities, young adults must turn out in large numbers in Georgia to turn this state Blue.  I believe most Georgians are more progressive than they have allowed themselves to demonstrate because of peer pressure and financial concerns.  Now is the time to stand up and to let your voice and your vote be heard.  You will like yourself much better if you do this for this nation, its people, and for the world’s future.

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