posted on Jun, 6 2019 @ 07:01 AM
a reply to: xpert11
I have no issue admitting where we have flaws; if those flaws are not exposed, they cannot be corrected. However, I have not condoned this Mayor's
statements, either... I have actually condemned them. Again, I understand what he was trying to say and have no issue with that, but what he said and
the way it was phrased was completely inappropriate. I can easily see where someone would consider it a threat.
I'll gladly state that Alabama's government is a mess. Our Constitution is an overbloated attempt to control people that failed miserably (when I get
to vote on a procedural change for the County Commission of Baldwin County, which is as close to me as Louisville, Kentucky
, something went
wrong), and our legislature is incompetent to the point of being unable to even allow the public to vote on a state lottery. Of course, we still have
Louisiana to compare ourselves to in that respect, so it's easier to accept.
On the other hand, I see no benefit in constant degrading of a society over stereotypes and ignorance. Alabama is a very diverse state. We have a
large Jewish and Catholic population (no, we're not just a bunch of inbred Protestants), there are plenty of gay communities here (even in more rural
areas; they just tend to stay low-key and do what they do without making a fuss about it), and we have a pretty impressive international component in
the larger cities. We are primarily conservative, but that is not a social defect IMO; it actually leads to more individual freedom, since the
prevailing belief of conservatism is "live and let live."
Sure, we have our share of fools and idiots. So does everywhere. It happens. Just don't judge the entire state because one mayor of a town that is
only a town because it's in the middle of nowhere has foot-in-mouth disease.