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Peggy Wallace Kennedy Brings It Home: "Stand Up For What's Right"

by: countrycat

Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 10:54:08 AM CST

Peggy Wallace Kennedy knows her Alabama history and her politics.  She's the daughter of former Alabama Governors George Wallace & Lurleen Wallace.  She's married to ADP Chair & former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Mark Kennedy.Alabama GOP mailer 2012

Like many of us, Mrs. Kennedy has found reason to criticize Alabama GOP campaign tactics.  And her reasons are quite personal, as she discusses in this statement released today:

Dear Fellow Democrats,

When you spend you entire life in the world of politics, sometimes the longest walk home is from your mailbox to the kitchen table. Monday, October 29th, was one of those days. Mixed among a utility bill, a church bulletin and three advertisements, was a large-sized, four-color mailer from the Alabama Republican Party. At first, I was amused at the thought of the postage it cost to send a political flyer to the wife of the Chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party, but then I read what it said.

On one side was a picture of a screaming mob and on the flip, a picture of a group of white men with a large photo of President Barack Obama imposed on top. And there it was, a slogan that was made famous by my father, Governor George Wallace, when in 1962, he rose to power on the wings of hate and fear using a mantra for racism that would become his trademark, "Stand up for Alabama". Those words became the coded call to arms to whites in Alabama and throughout the south to protect the culture and values of racism and segregation.

As a child, I stood on the backs of flatbed trucks decked with red white and blue bunting and confederate flags and witnessed the power of the politics of rage that engulfed crowds as they chanted "Stand up for Alabama".

And after all those years, it is hard to conceive that while my father came to terms with his past on his own road to Jericho and sought forgiveness from those he harmed, the Alabama Republican Party has reached back into history and has become what my father ultimately denounced.

The 21st Century version of "Stand Up for Alabama" should be a proclamation of inclusion, a hope for the end of economic discrimination, a call for the protection of the rights of those that have no voice, and a commitment to a future where honest conversation and the exchange of ideas douses the flames of hatred and exclusion.

Often it is not what is said that is important but rather it is what is not said that marks the character and heart of a person or a political party. The George Wallace of 1962 did not have to be explicit in his political rhetoric of racism because the phrase "Stand up for Alabama" said it all.

There is no question that our President is African American. But for those that may have doubt, refer them to the leadership of the Republican Party. They will be more than happy to remind you.

I encourage you all to go to the polls today and to stand up for what is right about Alabama, and that is clearly not the vision offered by the leadership in the Alabama Republican Party.

In Friendship,

Peggy Wallace Kennedy

Strong words from a strong woman who isn't afraid to speak plainly.


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A wonderful letter but . . . (4.00 / 2)

 It should have been made public last week.

By the way, I went to vote at 10 am at Huntingdon College.  The parking lots were jammed as I've never seen them before. 

What sort of neighborhood is that? (4.00 / 1)
Red?  Blue?  Centrist?  When I voted a little after 10 am, there was a short line but they were not nearly as swamped as in 2004 or 2008.  That's in a roughly 65% Repub. box.  Don't know if it's more efficient procedures or a little lighter turnout.

Work harder and work smarter!

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White collar Repub, BUT (4.00 / 2)

. . .  There are a few Romney-Ryan signs on various lawns.  Not one for Roy Moore.  And one block has not one, but two Obama signs.

The largest and most frequent signs are for Probate Judge Reese McKinney.  They started going up at least two months ago.  R, of course.  His opponent is the son of ADC honcho Joe Reed, which made me guide my hand to the R box for that one contest. 

All the judgships were unopposed R.  All the School Board candidates are D.  I can't figure that one out.

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Count yourself lucky on those school board races (0.00 / 0)
We haven't had a Democratic candidate for school board in years.  We need a 67 county strategy in Alabama because it's a shame when voters have no choices on the ballot.

Work harder and work smarter!

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school board (4.00 / 1)
I imagine that no many folks want to be on that one? Going to Jubilee or Sinclairs tonight?

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Tonight? (4.00 / 1)

Naw.  Staying home and watching the telly.  We really won't know results until very late tonight.

And NJ has extended its polling hours to Friday!  I understand the reasoning but that's going to probably hold up the decision a la Florida and its "hanging chads" in 2000.

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