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Mis­un­der­stand­ing satire

Last week on our opin­ion page, re­spected syndicated colum­nist Bill Shipp wrote a tongue-in-cheek ar­ti­cle on the fu­ture of the po­lit­i­cal makeup in Ge­or­gia. In his col­umn he used the term “Bubba.” Us­ing Bubba as a fic­tional char­ac­ter he did a pretty good job ex­plain­ing how the po­lit­i­cal party lines might change af­ter this up­com­ing pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

It is true that the Democrats have done a bet­ter job of sign­ing up new vot­ers and th­ese new vot­ers should even­tu­ally swing the state from its cur­rent Repub­li­can ma­jor­ity to a new Demo­cratic ma­jor­ity.

He ended his col­umn by say­ing in spite of th­ese new num­bers noth­ing would change if the state’s Demo­cratic lead­er­ship did not take this new found vot­ing power and harness it to their best ad­van­tage.

Shipp’s col­umn seemed very clear to us that it was a satire, but be­cause he men­tioned Barack Obama and the term “Bubba” in the same col­umn, a num­ber of our read­ers ap­par­ently did not un­der­stand the col­umn and as­sumed that Shipp was in­sult­ing the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee by call­ing him a de­mean­ing name.

Those read­ers ac­cused and im­plied that both Shipp and The Cov­ing­ton News some­how were be­ing racist in our opin­ions. There is noth­ing fur­ther from the truth. “Bubba” is a term gen­er­ally re­served for a “good ol’ white boy” and was brought to na­tional promi­nence by co­me­di­ans like Jeff Fox­wor­thy and the late colum­nist who we run Wed­nes­days, Lewis Giz­zard.

In his col­umn, Shipp was say­ing the good old boy net­work in our state was in dan­ger of not be­ing able to con­trol Ge­or­gia pol­i­tics as they have many times in the past. He did not say this was a bad thing — just in­evitable.

If any­body should have been of­fended by his col­umn it should have been the “Bub­bas” them­selves.

Hon­estly, we think that most of them just chuck­led at the ter­mi­nol­ogy.

How prophetic

Charles Dick­ens in his “Tale of Two Cities” wrote that th­ese are the best of times and th­ese are the worst of times. How true that is to­day.

Here you are read­ing the pa­per and the world didn’t end on Mon­day when the great bailout failed to ma­te­ri­al­ize. In fact, the opin­ion polls are show­ing the Amer­i­can tax­payer is happy with that de­ci­sion.

We agree with the ma­jor­ity of the Amer­i­can tax­pay­ers, this was not a good bill. We do think some kind of plan needs to be en­acted soon so credit can re­turn to nor­mal and will be avail­able to those who have earned the right to have it.

That is the true Amer­i­can way. Credit should be avail­able for those who are will­ing to work for it and pay for it.

For too long we have felt ob­li­gated to sup­port those who abused the good will and credit of oth­ers in or­der to turn a quick buck.

The greed cre­ated by our loose credit sys­tems had al­most brought our way of life to its knees.

We thank the good Lord that there still is a spirit burn­ing in the souls of the ma­jor­ity of the Amer­i­can pub­lic, which stood up and said enough is enough.

It’s time and fair for those peo­ple and com­pa­nies who have abused this trust to pay the piper for their fol­lies.

We have a con­cern that dur­ing this cri­sis here in New­ton County we have not heard any en­cour­age­ment or any other words of wis­dom from our fed­er­ally elected of­fi­cials.

We have more than a mon­e­tary cri­sis in this coun­try; we have a ma­jor lead­er­ship cri­sis. Alexis deToc­queville, a 19th Cen­tury French po­lit­i­cal thinker and his­to­rian, wrote in his book Democ­racy in Amer­ica, “the Amer­i­can Repub­lic will en­dure un­til the day Congress dis­cov­ers that it can bribe the pub­lic with the pub­lic’s money.”

How prophetic.

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