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.
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.”