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Trump Plays The "Southern Strategy" Replete With Lynard Skynyrd "Southern Man" And A Social Dinosaur

In 2016, GOP, http://schemas.google.com/blogger/2008/kind#post, Jeff Session, Southern Man, Trump southern strategy on August 21, 2015 at 11:20 PM

Oh the hype!

Reports are CNN and MSNBC cut away from the ‘southern oozest’ after approximately 20 minutes.  

How could the nation actually believe a 50,000 seat stadium would approach full for the carnival barker. Did he suck you into the tent?

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Nobody does it was well as Rachel Maddow and her team. Trump, Jeff Session (the original bigot) and the football stadium. 



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Now let’s operate for a moment on Donald Trump’s choice of entry song for his visit to Mobile.  He and his team chose a song with the best of titles “Sweet Home Alabama”  Does it matter the song has a roots in racial discrimination and was an anthem against Neil Young’s “Southern man?” Of course, the Trump team may have simply stretched its conservative appeal beyond “Mexicans” to a past in which Jim Crow wasn’t completely put to rest.  

_____________________________

“Southern Man” Lyrics 

NEIL YOUNG 

“Southern Man”


Southern man
better keep your head
Don’t forget
what your good book said
Southern change
gonna come at last
Now your crosses
are burning fast
Southern man

I saw cotton
and I saw black
Tall white mansions

and little shacks.

Southern man

when will you

pay them back?

I heard screamin’

and bullwhips cracking

How long? How long?

Southern man

better keep your head

Don’t forget

what your good book said

Southern change

gonna come at last

Now your crosses

are burning fast

Southern man

Lily Belle,

your hair is golden brown

I’ve seen your black man

comin’ round

Swear by God

I’m gonna cut him down!

I heard screamin’

and bullwhips cracking

How long? How long?


Album version  https://youtu.be/p2jyzIrzs5Y (My Fav)

Now let’s visit with 

LYNARD  SKYNYRD’S 

“Sweet Home Alabama”
  1. Big wheels keep on turning
    Carry me home to see my kin
    Singing songs about the south-land
    I miss ‘ole’ ‘bamy once again and I think it’s a sin
    Well I heard Mister Young sing about her
    Well I heard ole Neil put her down
    Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
    A southern man don’t need him around anyhow
    Sweet home Alabama
    Where the skies are so blue
    Sweet home Alabama
    Lord, I’m coming home to you
    In Birmingham they love the Gov’nor, boo-hoo-hoo
    Now we all did what we could do
    Now Watergate does not bother me
    Does your conscience bother you, tell the truth
    Sweet home Alabama
    Where the skies are so blue
    Sweet home Alabama
    Lord, I’m coming home to you, here I come
    Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers
    And they’ve been known to pick a song or two (yes they do)
    Lord… Full lyrics on Google Play
Confederate Flag Version https://youtu.be/37YvulygWLk


Seems the Skynyrds did not appreciate Neil Young’s lamenting the institutions of Jim Crow and reflection to a more horrid history of the US South (slavery).

Was Trump’s choice of entry anthem a clear reach to a GOP past of “Southern Strategy” politics. The questions is rhetorical; you know the answer.  

Allow on more digression. Trumps choice of stage partner. Did I refer to this man as a bigot?  I stand in correction, documented racist.

Complex Dot Com 2014 reflecting on a time when Session was still integral to Alabama state politics. 

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)

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“Boy.” 

This was the term Jeff Sessions used to address one of his judicial assistants who was well over eighteen and happened to be African-American. Prior to his time in the Senate, Sessions was working his way up the judicial branch of government. His rise came to a quick halt when he was denied a post during the Reagan administration for a variety of racist remarks he had voiced over the years as well as some actions he had taken that appeared to have been racially motivated. During his confirmation hearings, Thomas Figures, a former assistant to Sessions, alleged that Sessions referred to him as “boy” when they worked together. Session backed up his vitriolic statements with action. As African-American organizers were working tirelessly to raise black voter turn out in in Alabama, Sessions allegedly went about bringing bogus charges against organizers in hopes of hindering their efforts.

No Chris Matthews, you will not find any African-American faces in Trumps latest carnival act.   Of Course, Ben Carson may have flown-in for some deep Trump groveling.

CNN is reporting 30,000 southern revelers turnout to support a candidate who is wearing race above all else…and the GOP is responding. Let’see tomorrow if CNN figures are based on turnstile numbers or is the network running with Trump Hype.  
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