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I / Page 2 Thursday, March 13, 2014 ALABAMA POLICY INSTITUTE Comments by the editor are opinions, reasons, or recommendations... Send your written and signed opinions to the Editor, P. 0. Box 480040, Linden, Alabama 36748 Hillary: Just like Hitler On a news show on the television, the flabby and got down into the Balkans in the 1930s. The backed female made a comment thatthe man was : Balkans were inhabited by the Huns and their "Just like Hitler." descendants who mixed with the goat farmers and We had been swtiching channels and hit Hillary at vintnors. that moment. So, our mind mused, why is Hillary All of these conquests came easily. Had Hitler just Clinton finally calling Barack Obama Hitler? settled for this and forgot about England until later, Then other talking heads chimed in that she was the brandy-ladened Wmston Churchill would not talking about the Put In man from Russia. have called on the United States of America to inter- Seems like Mr. Put In rode into Crimea just like vene. the English imperial empire soldiers did in the Churchill's oratory was by far superior to Franlin Charge of the Light Brigade. Delano Roosevelt. Roosevelt took a two year reces- Mr. PUt In's soldiers were not, however, riding sion in America and stretched it into a 12 year horses and bandishing sabers. They were rolling in depression. It was a piece of cake for Churchill to big tanks and armored personnel carriers, dupe him. Hillary, the short-minded woman who has already Roosevdt jumped our country into a war over forgotten Benghazi, was calling Mr. PUt In Hitler. back fence boundaries. Had America joined Hitler Education comes in strange ways. Hitler made instead of fighting him, the imperial English would three mistakes. First he bombed England. Second, have been put in their proper place. We wouldn't instead of deporting all the Jews like England did in have gassed the Jews, either. We'd have sold them 1612, he was mad enough to try to kill them all. back to Egypt or Babylon. Third, not having leamed anything from Napoleon, The English military made it a practice to dub out- he invaded Russia. standing military heoroes into knighthood. The king The English didn't give a hoot about the French or queen would grant them some land and give them being occupied by the Nazis. They just did not like serfs or slaves to tend to their gardens, livestock, and ' getting bombed every night, other needs and desires. The German army took over all of western Europe Hitler wnot ney as bad as Obama or Hillary. Movie stirs slavery pot again Talking heads on television news shows (empha- University of Alabama. sis on shows) make more money than most of us. They come close to matching the Alabama girls That could be enviable until we look at where they who attend Auburn University. have to live. Alabama hasn't had a slave in 150 years except us We live a mile from our work place and have folks who work for a living and are trying to give wonderful neighbors, which are mostly what the our families a better life than we had. federal govemment labels as black. There are some Even after the armed invasion of the United States whites in the neighborhood and they too mostly into the Confederates States, many slaves never left behave in a civilized manner, their plantation homes. A lot did and went up north, We got a glaring example of how the rich media and they soon came back to the South. folks want to disparage the South. Apicture show Actually, slavery was not as bad as the media por- about slavery won some academy award and it got trays it. The Hebrew people got enslaved when they tons and tons of repeat publicity. The slave was in behaved badly. We can read about them in the Old the South. We never see a picture show about any of Testament and in the world news today. They are ! the slaves in the North. shaking in their boots about getting nuked by the Could there be such a things as subtle jealousy Arabs. The Arabs are shaking in their boots worry- and hatred for the finest people in America? ing about getting nuked by the Jews. : It is economic animosity. They all want what America has. Freedom of reli- They are jealous of us and they are afraid to come gion, speech, and pursuit of happiness sets this coun- out and say so. Just look at all the car assembly try apart, but the Kenyan in Washington, D. C., plants we have and look at theirs -- Detroit! doesn't know anything about that. He just wants to : Remington Arms Company is leaving New York blame racist white people. Blame them for every- to come to Alabama. thing, good, bad, and that which is not at all conse- I Any pretty girls up there already come to the quential. White folks are just bad to him. ! watch little ones play ball College baseball is beginning. Professional base- classes and which girls should be taken out tonight. ball is in spring training. Mamas and daddies are fret- Mamas and daddies know what's going on in their ring over their little children's upcoming softball and children's lives and wish they could relive that part of baseball teams, their own lives. Which group is more organized? So, when it comes time to take yourself out to the Mamas and daddies, ball game, go watch the little kids. Major league players are out doping, raping, steal- Sometimes their mamas and daddies provide some ing, murdering, and brawling, entertainment, too. College players are fretting over going to some USPS 153-380 Published evel Tht,sday at The Democrat-Reporler at 108 East Coats Avtnuc, Linden, Mafe.gl ('otmty. Alabanla 36748. Postma.ter, please send changes o|" addresse,, to: P. O, Box 48(X41). 1 finden, Alabanm 36748 Telephone 3'4295-5224 1Anden Reporter established 1879. Marengo Democrat established 1889. Consolidated 1911 as The Demcrat-Reporter, Periodicals pgstage paid at Demopolis. Alabama. Subscription prices include sales tax plus postage and "handling. In Marengo. Clarke. Choctaw, Sumter. Greene. Hale. Perry, Dalhts. Wilcox Counties, annual subscriptions ate $35.00. Outside these above noted counties in Ala .bama. $1.00. "i Outside Alabama $L(IO. Editor-Publisher Office Manager Sports : Production Manager Production Assistant Goodloe Sutton Barbara Quinney Jim DeWitt Henry Walters Angela Compton Liberals thinks southerners vote wrong By Cameron Smith Alabama Policy Institute In the South, pohtical perspectives are as like- ly to be shaped by conversation between friends at the comer store more than they are by The Washington Post or CNN. Most of us who take the lime to vote make the decision based on the information at our disposal, cast our vote at the polls, and move on with our lives. The choice belongs to us, and we know our interests ber than anyone else. Ordowe? The political left seems bewildered by uth- em conservatives who, in their opinion, "peren- nially vote against their own best interests." What the left really means is that the best inter- ests of lower and middle-income voters lie in government programs like Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Progressive liberals view higher enrollment in these government pro- grams as a sign of protection, stability, and secu- rity for the common man. That position is evident in their remarks. AARP CEO A. Barry Rand argued that "every dollar in Social Security benefits paid out gener- ates about $2 of total output for the U.S. econo- my." In other words, having more people on Social Security is better for America. President Obrna recently defended the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by arguing that forcing people from their "substandard" insurance plans into government exchanges would provide them with "quality comprehensive coverage." The idea is that taxing or regulating by govemment fiat promotes equality and betters society. Any negative impact on an individual is merely an inconvenient side effect of the liberals' great soci- ety. The working-class southem conservative is an unacceptable anomaly for the political left. The southern conservative drives on public roads, may receive a Social Security check, and might even work in a government job. A common explanation among liberals is that many such conservatives are low-informafinn voters without the intellect to understand the "progressive" vision. If they truly grasped the government ben- efits they utilize, they would drop their conserva- tive ideas and fall in line. Many liberals build the narrative of two extremes: government controls that improve society or unpredictable free choices that leave many behind. From there, Americans are left only to embrace either a society planned by elites for the benefit of the common gcxxl or planned by the elites for their own benefit. The left fan- cies themselves as the former type of planner and conservatives the latter. One of goverrunent's most basic functions is supporting liberty and opportunity rather than assigning it. Accepting government's useful role in our lives is completely consistent with simul- taneously rejecting its control over us. Nowhere is this concept better embodied than Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Many government programs were designed to provide support when people needed it most. That design should be protected, but those phi- grams must always be our insurance rather than our spiration. Who, other than those seeking to control society, really sees anyone's best interest as dependency on an impersonal government? American society has succeeded where so 'L:1-D... many other planned societies have failed because it has provided the common protections pexple need to thrive without dictating their choices and futures. Rejecting a planned society is not an endorsement of cold anarchy but rather a shift of control from politicians to the people. Most southern conservatives are willing to support public servants, but they bristle at the concept of political parents. They appreciate a government that can help people get back on their feet, but they reject government that creates perpetual dependency. While they may enjoy the benefits of public infrastructure they abhor being told what kind of car the govemrnent would pre- fer them to drive. They do want a strongnational defense, but they are not willing to be constantly monitored by their govenunent in exchange for a loosely defined "security." Progressive liberals may never understand how their societal altruism easily crosses into arrogance when they substitute their vision of the "good" society for the judgment of free people. Southern conservatives will likely continue to confound liberals, but most of us do not suffer from a lack of understanding. We simply refuse to be pawns in someone else's American dream. Cameron Smith is Vice President and General Counsel for the Alabama Policy Institute, an independent non-partisan, non-profit research and education organization dedicated to the prervation of free markets, limited govermnent and strong families, which are indispensable to a prosperous society. OLD TIMES BY THE LATE JOEL D. JONES ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 15, 1938 Girl should take advice of mother, not tie up for life with a drunkard A mother writes me to know if I can't cay something in "Old Times" that will induce her daughter to quit keeping company with a young man who gets drunk everytime he takes the girl to a party. If a n0ther can not say anything to induce her daughter to give 'tiia" an escort who insults her, a poor, weak newspaper writer can not do any good. The girl has got the fever too bad if she will not break off her engagement with such a young man. The girl should look about her and make inquiries and see if she can find a case in the experience of her friends where such a young man ever made a decent husband. She will not find such a case. The mere fact of a young man taking a girl to a party and getting drunk and humili- ating her, and causing her to depend on others for her escort home, is one evidence that he has no respect for her, and she should break off her engagment and cut him off entirely. If she puts up with such insults now before she is married, when she is his wife he will be liable to have her look out for herself, and he will get drunk from habit. Twenty years ago there were hundreds of young men in this country who thought it was smart to take respectable girls to dances and get drunk and let the girls ride home with sombody who kept sober. The girls would get vexed at the time but as the boys when sober, went in good society, the girls would look upon the sprees as jokes, and they would The late laugh about it. We know some of those girls today Joel Desaker Jones who are earning a living for several small children by hard work, while the smart fellows that got drunk have filled drunkards graves, or have left their wives and are wanderers on the face of the earth. If a young man loves a girl as he should love her to marry her, a look of disapprobation from her of any act of his will be enough to break him of any habit that he had she does not like. If the words, "Please don't drink, Charley" from the lips of Charley's girl is not enough to spoil his appetite for drinks. "Farewell Charley, forever", would be the next and last remark she should ever make to him. Marrying a man to reform him has never been a successful enterprise on the part of women. Girls are worth too much unmarried to sacrifice their lives to beat sense into the head of any man on God's foot stool. Too many girls take the chances of marrying a young man who has an uncontrollable appetite for liquor, thinking that the surroundings of a home will wean him. Such a man does not wean as easily as a calf. He will go home only to sober up, and then not until the barrooms are closed. Five years of such a married life makes a middleaged woman out of the handsomest, sweetest dispositioned girl that a mother was ever proud of. A girl will marry such a man hoping that next year he will be better, but next year he will be worse. The nose will be red, the eyes bleared, the clothes filthy, and the wife who would have been such a proud and happy mother, with a husband that had sense, becomes ashamed to look at herself in the glass, and had almost rather have a spell of sickness than be visited by any of her old friends for fear her husband will give them all away. Whiskey may be right in its place, and I hope it is, but the place for it is not in the stomach of a young man who contemplates matrimony, and the girl to take such a man for life for fear the young men  will be gone makes a foolishness fo herself and will regret it as long as she lives. There are sure to be sober boys enough for all the girls and there is no need of marrying a drunkard, and the girl who does so against the advice of her mother will deserve all the unhappiness she marries. A cheerful atmosphere is most important to happy home life. It is very hard for children to be good when they are exposed to an incessant hailstorm of fault finding from their parents. It is very difficult for a wife to maintain a calm and charming demeanor, when her hus- band is critical, cynical or sullen and takes all of her tender efforts with indiffer- ent appreciation. He gets a breath of the world outside; he has a change of scene; he sees people and hears them talk and his home is distinc- tively his refuge and shelter, even though he be a drunk- ard. However a wife and mother loves her children with the most absolute unswerving devotion, and serves them with the most unselfish fidelity, there are, nevertheless, times when she is very weary. She knows better than anyone else, the steps and stitches, the same things done over and over and the pettishness of the trials that come to the nursery and kitchen. They are so insignificant that she is ashamed to notice them, but we fear she sometimes forgets to tell her Savior, how hard they press her, and so bearing her cross alone, its weight becomes crushing. A drunkard will not, but a sun- shiny husband would make a merry and beautiful home worth having, working in and for. If the man is breezy, cheery, considerate, sympathetic, his wife sings in her heart over her puddings and mending basket counts the hours until he returns at night, and renews her youth in the securi- ty of his admiration and appreciation. You may think it weak or childish if you please but it is the admired wife who hears words of praise and received smiles of recommendations, who is capable, discreet and executive. We have seen a meek, self-trusting, timid little body fairly bloom into strong, self-reliant womanhood under the tonic and cordial companions of a husband who went out of his way to find occasions for showing how fully he trusted her judgement and how tenderly he deferred to her opinion. In home life there should be no striving for place, no insisting on prerogatives, or division of interest. The husband and the wife are each the complement of the other. And it is just as much his duty to be cheerful as it is hers to be patient; his right to bring joy into the door, as it is hers to sweep and garnish the interior. A family where the daily walk of the father makes life a festival is filled with something alike heavenly bendiction. We hope the young girl will see her way clear to take the advice of her mother, and not tie up for life with a drunkard. So long until next time. "1