Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition

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If you know anything about politics in Alabama the words in the title of this edition of The Strategy Report will strike a familiar theme. In the world of Alabama politics no discussion can be complete without including God or guns. That sentiment can be very clearly seen in the campaigns being waged in the Special Primary Election for the U. S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions and currently held by Luther Strange.

As we look at what is being said in this campaign it is informative to realize that words matter. What is said can be taken in a number of different ways. The comic George Carlin made that point in laying out the contradiction in terms of a number of words/phrases. Consider the following:

  • Jumbo shrimp
  • Twelve ounce pound cake
  • Act naturally
  • Living dead
  • Alone together
  • Government organization
  • Diet ice cream
  • Christian scientist
  • Sanitary landfill
  • Pretty ugly, and among others
  • Definite maybe.

In that same vein consider the man who is trying to decide how to address a lady friend. Should he say “Darling your beauty is so great you make time stand still” or in the alternative “Baby, you have a face that could stop a clock”? You can guess that the response from his lady friend would be quite different depending on what he said, yet the intent of both is for time to be suspended. As we look at candidates in political races in Alabama voters are left to try and determine just exactly what candidates really mean.

Praise the Lord

The issue of The Strategy Report is not in any way intended to judge the faith of anyone. A person’s faith is personal and should be a matter solely between the individual and his/her God. With that said consider the following:

  • We have heard “I am a conservative Christian”.
  • We have heard “I am an active Member of XYZ Church”.
  • We have heard “I will read the King James Bible on the Senate Floor until…to make my point heard”.
  • We have heard “My Christian values…” until we become convinced that the candidate is above reproach yet at the same time we hear about the intolerance of anyone who does not believe as the candidate does.

Perhaps the words found in the Book of James, Chapter 2, Verses 14-17 (KJV) put these comments into perspective: 14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

Pass the Ammunition

In Alabama finding someone who is not supportive of the Second Amendment in politics is virtually impossible. When candidates run for election we see pictures and video of them in situations where gun ownership, gun use, hunting and/or self-protection issues are front and center. For most, the words of Charlton Hesston speaking to the National Rifle Association (NRA) years ago – “…You will have to pry this gun from my cold, dead hands…” – have become a rallying cry. Gun ownership in Alabama is viewed as being nearly as sacred as church and college football. For as long as many observers of activity at the Alabama State House can remember there has been legislation proposed to strengthen gun owner’s rights and as surely as night follows day we will continue to see legislation designed to preserve the protections found in the Second Amendment to the US Constitution.

Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition

As we approach the Special Primary Election for the US Senate to be held on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 we certainly will hear more messages about God and Guns. We make no endorsement in this race. There are candidates that are very qualified. There are candidates that have distinguished themselves through service and leadership. There are candidates that have served the State of Alabama in various positions and made themselves known to the voters, both good and bad, to the point that Alabama voters should be able to make an informed decision as to who can best represent the people of our great state. The only real question before the voters now is will they go to the polls on Tuesday, August 15 and cast a vote? It has been estimated that less than 20% of registered voters will cast ballots next week. If that is the case it will be a vocal minority that will determine who will represent Alabama for years to come. The past two years in Alabama has been a very embarrassing time in politics. We have had leaders in all three branches of state government removed from office for improprieties. Others have moved to new positions under clouds of suspicion about the circumstances surrounding their appointments. Others have used public events to bolster their efforts to get elected. Not one person should complain about who is elected, or nominated, unless that person has cast a vote in the election. Please, please, please go to the polls and vote and as you are voting just remember that the candidates want you to “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition”.

The Alabama House will convene the 2018 Regular Session at Noon on Tuesday, January 9, 2018
The Alabama Senate will convene the 2018 Regular Session at Noon Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The views and opinions contained in this report do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the clients of Public Strategies, LLC.