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‘The Road Leads Back to You’

Posted on | January 5, 2021 | No Comments

One cold evening in 1930, two Midwesterners sat in a third-floor apartment on 52nd Street in New York and dreamed of a warmer climate. Stuart Gorrell and Hoagy Carmichael had become friends while attending Indiana University together. As they looked out the window in frigid New York, “not liking what we saw,” Gorrell later recalled, he and Carmichael “turned our thoughts to the pleasant Southland”:

Georgia, Georgia,
The whole day through,
Just an old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind.

At the time Carmichael and Gorrell wrote “Georgia on My Mind” in New York, a 15-year-old girl in Albany, Georgia, had just given birth to a baby boy. Aretha Williams named her son Ray Charles Robinson. He developed glaucoma in childhood and went blind at age 7. Ray Charles learned to play piano and by the time he was a teenager, was earning $4 a night playing in a theater in Jacksonville, Florida. Before he was 20, he was making hit records, and in 1960, he recorded “Georgia on My Mind.” It was his distinctive rendering of the song which, in 1979, was declared the official state song of Georgia. It seems “the pleasant Southland” has been on a lot of minds recently:

Democrats will turn America into a one-party country if they win the Senate runoff elections, President Donald Trump said Monday in Dalton, Georgia.
“They’ll make Washington, DC, and other liberal places the 51st, 52nd, 53rd states of the union, guaranteeing the radical left a permanent majority of the U.S. Senate and the House, and the electoral college,” he said at a rally for Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.
“It will make it really a one-party country and the party will be the wrong party,” the president continued:

They will pack the Supreme Court with crazed extremists, and I’m not happy with the Supreme Court. They are not stepping up to the plate … They’re not stepping up. How about that? We don’t have … look at the Supreme Court. President of the United States, I want to file suit … and they said, “Sir, you can’t. You really can’t do that.” Why? So, they have legal reasons. Complex legal reasons. It’s wrong. If you’re the president of the United States and you get defrauded out of an election, you should be able to file a suit. But we can’t do that. They say, “Sir, you don’t have standing.”

President Trump said he was winning by a lot and then, “all of a sudden, I was losing by a little tiny bit, just a little.”

We shall soon learn if Democrats can steal another election (or two) in Georgia. They have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into the Senate runoff campaign to elect Jon Osoff and Raphael Warnock. My native state has been barraged by wall-to-wall campaign ads and everybody down home has been bombarded by get-out-the-vote messages, so it is impossible for anyone in Georgia not to realize how high the stakes are. A few headlines via Instapundit:

Raphael Doesn’t Just Flirt With Marxism,
He Embraces It

Lisa Carr, Victory Girls

The Media Is Lying About Trump’s Call
with Georgia Secretary of State

Matt Margolis, PJ Media

Campaign Director: Warnock ‘Absolutely’ Backs
Defunding Police, ‘Most of Them Are Bad’

Tyler O’Neil, PJ Media

Police Reports Detail Warnock’s
Obstruction in 2002 Child-Abuse Probe
That Led to His Arrest

Brittany Bernstein, Yahoo News

Harvey Weinstein Attorney David Boies
Donated Thousands To Help
Warnock, Ossoff In GA Senate Races

Dylan Housman, Daily Caller

The liberal media, of course, are ignoring any news that may reflect negatively on the Democrats, while hyping up a lot of nonsense about Trump’s phone call to the Georgia Secretary of State, but the news probably won’t have much impact on the Senate elections simply because of that multimillion-dollar advertising blitz in the state.

Modern election campaigns are ordeals to be endured, a punishment inflicted on the citizenry, and I pity the Georgians who can’t turn on their TVs without being reminded of this ugly political mess.

Other arms reach out to me.
Other eyes smile tenderly.
Still, in peaceful dreams, I see
The road leads back to you.

Not many peaceful dreams in Georgia lately — more of a nightmare. But one way or another this dreadful election will soon be over, and then perhaps “the pleasant Southland” will be pleasant once more.

 




 

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