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Boss Hogg in America
9/15/2008 3:21:48 AM
The state of our nation.
"The smaller the town, the more vicious its politics."

This maxim has been said many a time. Time after time it is proven to be true. Undisputable, even as clear cut as D.N.A., it seems. Small towns seem to be all about choosing sides.

We found this out when we lived in a small town in Mississippi. I got a job in a nursing home for mentally disabled adults. In no time flat, folks were trying to pull us over to their side of the tracks. It was a train wreck. This may not be the best time for that analogy due to the wreck in California. My heart goes out to all those involved there.

The old farm where we lived was bucolic. We had many a party there, even tried to roast a goat once. That was another train wreck. The company was good but the food that time was putrid. Anyway, a co-worker of mine was there flirting with an old college friend of ours. Her father was the Boss Hogg of that small town. At another cookout, he tried to "buy" our vote. I was so clueless it didn't even register with me.

My husband got wind of it and cut the cord to that baby. Why my father lives in an even smaller town in that same state! He ran for mayor and lost to a female candidate. It broke my heart to know he lost but I guess the Good Ole' Boy system was not at fault in that one. Good Ole' Girls win just the same. I am not taking sides. She must have been a deserving candidate. Who knows?

I'd say he lost fair and square but one can never be sure about that. He has lived in that town for more than twenty five years. Maybe they considered him an outsider still after all that time. A country boy is still a country boy no matter where he hangs his hat.

Corruption is like a blood clot. Often silent, it kills bit by bit. Whether in Alaska or Alabama, it hurts the same. Goat roast to pig roast to Washington; politics can be brutal. With the election just around the corner, Boss Hogg is alive and well. I wish things could be different. Wishes often wither like vines in November.

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More Blogs by Marge B. Fulton
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• Alphabet Blog - Tuesday, December 23, 2008
• A Mountain of Praise - Friday, December 19, 2008
• Despite the Black Ice - Friday, December 05, 2008
• A Book in the Hand is Worth Millions! - Thursday, November 13, 2008
• WKCB Interview - Sunday, November 09, 2008
• Book Sales in a Small Town - Friday, November 07, 2008
• How Do You Like Dem Apples? - Wednesday, November 05, 2008
• Holy Smoke! - Monday, November 03, 2008
• The Deep Blue Sea - Friday, October 31, 2008
• Glimmer in Appalachia - Saturday, October 11, 2008
• Floody-Floody - Wednesday, October 08, 2008
• You Betcha! - Tuesday, October 07, 2008
• Feast of the Mind - Saturday, October 04, 2008
• Legos and Life in America - Thursday, October 02, 2008
• Main Street Revisited - Monday, September 29, 2008
• A Rebel With a Cause - Sunday, September 28, 2008
• More and More Credits - Friday, September 26, 2008
• Evocative T-Shirts - Thursday, September 25, 2008
• Lighting My Fires - Wednesday, September 24, 2008
• Writing is Like Apples - Tuesday, September 23, 2008
• On Making a Book Trailer - Sunday, September 21, 2008
• A Tap on the Back - Friday, September 19, 2008
• September is that Magic Wand - Thursday, September 18, 2008
• Thoughts from a Coal Town - Tuesday, September 16, 2008
•  Boss Hogg in America - Monday, September 15, 2008  
• Safe from Storms - Sunday, September 14, 2008
• The Invisible Forces of Nature - Friday, September 12, 2008
• Buying the Farm - Wednesday, September 10, 2008
• My Subject Becomes Palin - Wednesday, September 10, 2008
• Stimulus Check - Tuesday, September 09, 2008
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• Drill, drill, drill! - Thursday, September 04, 2008
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