from June 5, 2005
Back in the good or bad but sure as hell olden days in Panhandle County, there were two classes of folks. First of all there were the churchgoing Southern Baptists. Then there were all the others. These included the non-churchgoing Southern Baptists, the churchgoing non-Southern Baptists, the churchgoing non-Southern non-Baptists, and the non-churchgoing non-Southern non-Baptists.
None of the Slacks belonged to the first class of folks, and I include myself as a Slack, being the last of the family. Number IV. As for the second class of folks in Pan Count, the class us Slacks belonged to, it made not much difference which of the three subclasses we or anybody else belonged to. All of us were considered by the churchgoing Southern Baptists to be unsaved. Even if we believed in God, which several of us did, in their eyes we non’s were headed deep south.
The thing that held Pan Count together was not religion. The blessed tie that bound everybody together was politics. We were all poor, so we were all Republicans.
Nowadays, of course, you can’t just say you’re a Republican or a Democrat. You have to admit to being either a conservative or a liberal. And if you can’t make up your mind, your mind will be made up for you by the conservatives or the liberals, depending on who is making up your mind for you.
Back in early pioneer Pan Count, things were different. As I said, everybody over the age of 21 was a Republican. Of course this means that the hellraisers among us, including Number IV, were Democrat, at least till they became civilized, which automatically happened at the age of majority, as college folks now call it.
So I started out at the age of four being a Democrat, but at the age of 21 I converted to the standard political wisdom.
That was then. Now I’m an Independent, party-wise. Old age will do that to you.
I’m also now a moderate. Again, a function of old age.
Old age will also make you a radical. Not a radical radical, mind you. A radical moderate. What this means is that you’re not letting anybody make up your mind for you, where politics is concerned. You have become stubborn.
Old age will also do that to you.