Signs of the times in Alabama | Street Jazz

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Signs of the times in Alabama

Posted By on Tue, Jan 2, 2018 at 2:07 PM

Offhand, I would think that the fellow who wants to volunteer to help build Trump’s wall for free should simply send a letter to the White House, and not waste his time and energy on a yard sign which will be seen by a relatively small number of people.

As we drove through Alabama on vacation we had expected to see - even after the election - hordes of signs in support of Roy Moore, but we were thwarted in our attempts to find and record such on film. Down where we are vacation, however, we found a few signs which show the deep divide not only in Alabama, but in our nation, as well.

In the lawn in front of one convenience store three small signs in favor of Doug Jones, the man who defeated Roy Moore, are placed where the entire world can see them - even weeks after the election. Just a mile or so down the road, in the yard of a man who has his large Confederate flag festooned with Christmas tree lights, three large signs stand proudly together in his front yard.

One goes with a variation of an old trope:

BENGHAZI
AMERICANS DIED
HILLARY LIED


Another sign announces:

DEPLORABLE REDNECK VOTERS LIVE HERE

The third and final sign proclaims:

BUILD A WALL
WILL WORK FOR FREE


Oh, and underneath, we have the inevitable:

MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN

The Doug Jones signs appear on a public highway, where many folks can see them.

The man who would volunteer to help build Trump’s wall for free (though I’m not believing this for a second) lives on a road which is just not that well-traveled, yet he made signs which the entire neighborhood can enjoy.

Even at the height of the tourist season, when more people would be on this island, there just can’t be that many people who might see and enjoy his artwork. Is he expressing a view most of his friends and neighbors are in line with?

Or is he just trying to piss them off?

Well, he gave me something to write about, at any rate, which is always a good thing in my book.

Interestingly enough, he had not even one sign in support of Roy Moore; maybe that was just a bridge too far, even for this stalwart fellow?

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Today’s soundtrack

Listening to Maurice Jarre's score for “Lawrence of Arabia” this morning.

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Quote of the Day

I never read the life of any important person without discovering that he knew more and could do more than I could ever hope to know or to do in half a dozen lifetimes. - J.B. Priestley

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