What Is The ‘Southern Strategy?’

In American politics, the “Southern Strategy” refers to a Republican Party strategy in the late 20th century of gaining political support for presidential candidates in the Southern United States by appealing to regional racial tensions and history of segregation, writes Wikipedia.  Does the strategy continue today?

In the mid 1960s – a period of social turmoil – Republican Presidential candidates Senator Barry Goldwater and Richard Nixon worked to attract southern white conservative voters to their candidacies and the Republican Party.

In the 1964 presidential election, Goldwater won five formerly Confederate states of the “Deep South” – which included Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina – but he otherwise won only in his home state of Arizona.

After federal civil rights legislation was passed via bipartisan votes, including the Voting Rights Act of 1965, more than 90 percent of black voters registered with the Democratic Party.  Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson was the President at the time.

The VRA provided tools to end their decades-long disenfranchisement by southern states. Hundreds of cases have been litigated to change election systems, such as at-large voting, that have prevented even significant minorities from electing candidates of their choice for city and county positions.

In the 1968 presidential campaign, Nixon won Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee, which were all former Southern Confederate states.  This contributed to the “electoral realignment” of white voters in some Southern states to the Republican Party.

Even Nixon’s “Watergate” scandal didn’t affect the success of the “Southern Strategy.”  It succeeded beyond what even Nixon could have imagined, writes Bloomberg News.  It set off a political situation in which the “Solid South” abandoned an attachment to the Democrats dating to the Civil War. In 1980, Ronald Reagan carried the entire South except for Jimmy Carter’s home state of Georgia. In 1994, a gain of 19 House seats in the South enabled the Republican takeover of Congress.

As the twentieth century came to a close, most white voters in the South had shifted to the Republican Party.  Republicans supposedly began to try to appeal again to black voters and rebuild the political relationship that had lasted through the 1920s, though with little success, writes Wikipedia.

In 2005, Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman formally apologized to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a national civil rights organization, for exploiting racial polarization to win elections and ignoring the black vote.

To this day, the Deep South is reliably Republican, writes Bloomberg News.  However, demographics in the U.S. are changing.

The last rural white Democrat in Congress, Representative John Barrow of Georgia, was defeated in the November midterms last year.  In its right-wing politics, cultural outlook, and relationship with racial minorities, the Republican Party is thoroughly “Southernized.” This has alienated former Republican voters on the West Coast and in New England, a historical bastion of the Grand Old Party that’s almost as bereft of congressional Republicans as the South is of Democrats.

Project In Southern U.S. Promotes ‘Music Triangle’

Blues. Jazz. Country music. Rock n’ roll. Gospel. Southern Gospel. Cajun-zydeco. Soul/ R&B. Bluegrass.

Nine of America’s most well-known music genres now have their own road map, states souixcityjournal.com.

The initiative was led by Nashville preservationist Aubrey Preston along with a group of historians and music lovers.  They have come up with the “Americana Music Triangle.”

Stretching from Nashville to Memphis to New Orleans, the triangle includes locations in the South that contributed to the birth of the musical genres, from Clarksdale, Mississippi, the home of blues masters Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker, to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the site of the famed music studio where Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones and many others recorded songs.

Like other small towns in the triangle, Clarksdale, Mississippi – a city of about 17,200 about 1 ½ hours’ drive south of Memphis – has seen its share of population loss, poverty, troubled schools and blight.  They are now looking to earn more tourist dollars.

Destinations are connected by the so-called “Gold Record Road,” a 1,500-mile stretch of highway made up of Interstate 40 from Nashville to Memphis, Highway 61 —the “Blues Trail” — from Memphis to New Orleans, and the Natchez Trace Parkway from Nashville to Natchez, Mississippi.

Travelers planning road trips can use a flashy website, or “web guide,” that gives destinations in the triangle and describes points of interest in more than 30 communities in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas.

The online driving trail map is at americanamusictriangle.com.

http://siouxcityjournal.com/ap/travel/new-project-in-us-south-promotes-music-triangle/article_5c3d8507-6de4-5c73-b29c-6f147e04f047.html

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/life/2015/05/07/mississippi-heart-americana-music-triangle/70952700/

High School Teacher Found Hanging In Classroom

KABC reported that a school in Placentia, California was shocked and wracked with grief after a 31-year-old teacher was found hanging by students in an El Dorado High School classroom Monday.

Authorities responded to a 911 call at the school at 8:34 a.m. and found Jillian Jacobson, of Anaheim, in full cardiac arrest.

It was an apparent suicide, according to CNN.


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Rep. Duncan Hunter Makes Absurd Claim That ISIS Has Crossed The Southern Border

Earlier this month, Rep. Duncan Hunter made the assertion on Fox News that “ISIS is coming across the southern border.”

He claimed that “at least 10 ISIS fighters have been caught coming across the Mexican border…”  He gave no names, nationalities, or specifics. No dates, photographs, mug-shots or videos, or other evidence.

When asked how he knows they are coming across the border, he just said, “because I’ve asked the border patrol…”  Again, no names of agents or commanders, and no specifics.

Local news will usually give some specifics or evidence about local criminals, such as their name, a photograph or mug-shot, the date when they were last seen or video footage. So far, there has been no such evidence of these “ISIS fighters coming across the border.”  If it is true, wouldn’t it be all over every news channel?

Why was only Fox News covering the story?

Below is the show with Greta Van Susteren:

Here is a take on it by the TYT Network:

Politifact gave the claim a rating of “pants on fire” – in other words, the statement is not accurate and makes a ridiculous claim.

Last month, Rep. Jason Chaffetz made a similar “blanket assertions” about people crossing the border with “ties to known terrorist organizations in the Middle East.” Later Chaffetz diluted the accusation to people with “known ties to a terrorist country” or “known ties from a Middle Eastern country.”

Chaffetz also gave no names, no specifics.

Below is a link to the Politifact article on Hunter:

http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2014/oct/10/duncan-hunter/duncan-hunter-makes-unconfirmed-claim-border-patro/