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Honestly, George or Clark Kent?

Updated on March 20, 2018
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I was born in the south. I live in the south and will die in the south. This is only a small part of the memories I share.

I'm Tired of Waiting--Time for a Serious Piece About

George Corley Wallace Jr. (August 25, 1919 – September 13, 1998) was an American politician and the 45th Governor of Alabama, having served two nonconsecutive terms and two consecutive terms as a Democrat: 1963–1967, 1971–1979 and 1983–1987. Wallace has the third longest gubernatorial tenure in post-Constitutional US. history, at 16 years and four days. He was a US. presidential candidate for four consecutive elections, in which he sought the Democratic Party nomination in 1964, 1972, and 1976, and was the American Independent Democratic candidate in the 1968 presidential election. As of 2018 he remains the last third-party candidate to receive pledged electoral college votes from any state.

Wallace is remembered for his Southern dixiecrat and pro-segregation "Jim Crow" positions during the mid-20th century period of the Civil Rights Movement, declaring in his 1963 Inaugural Address that he stood for "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever", and standing in front ofthe entrance of the University of Alabama in an attempt to stop the enrollment of black students. He eventually renounced segregation. Wallace survived an assassination attempt in Laurel, Maryland in 1972, perpetrated by Arthur Bremer, but remained wheelchair-bound until his death in 1998.

George C. Wallace Alabama Governor.
George C. Wallace Alabama Governor. | Source

And if you Look Very Closely

you can hardly see the "roots of segregation" that Wallace did such a masterful job of being born again from the ugly bigotry, I thought that he had changed jobs--from being a politician to a magician. Shoot! With Wallace's fiery indignation for Race Balance and Clarity, some Americans, even a few Blacks, would follow him through any battle and even help carry his shield. I admit it. I liked George. Sometimes I hated his politics, but in the end I had to take a good, hard look at how "I" really felt about his candidacy for the President of the USA, how he felt about Vietnam, and the youth of our grand ole county.

When composing (this) personal narrative, I fearfully-found myself silently cheering for Wallace in his runs for the White House, and for Wallace's attempts, I give him credit for having the grit to even show up in public. Shoot! Did anyone close to him, say maybe a good source, tell him that America (and the south) was suffering a tough change from Bigotry, Racial Lines, and Discrimination? Me? I would vote yes, he had sound advisers, but in order for one to be successful--whether you are vying to sell the most life insurance in your designated area of service or you find it necessary to run for The President of The United States, you have to "listen," to those around you. Fact: neither you or even the confident George Wallace could be everywhere or even believe those in the rural areas (far from the Beaten Path) that "you" are the best thing for them by way of President of our country.

The times and days of George Wallace endedwhen Arthur Herman Bremer, an American convicted for the attempted assassination of US. Democratic presidential candidate George Wallace on May 15,1972 in Laurel, Maryland, which left Wallace permanently paralyzed from the waist down. I will ask this question, but won't feel hard if you should choose not to: Was Wallace added to the List of Political Candidates Attempted or Assassination Attempts Tried?

No. Wallace lived. No. The Kennedy brothers along with Dr. Martin Luther King did not. I was just asking really to find out what our minds might have been in that rough time of May 15, 1972, and at the risk of being funny, I was about to graduate from my alma mater, Hamilton (Al.) High School, in Hamilton, Ala., so I would at any other time be glib and say, hey, I had a great alibi, but whether or not a private person or a high-profile person such as King, Kennedy and Wallace, are either assassinated or attempts are made to end their lives, I truly believe that in our Legislature, "an attempt on someone's life, private or public, should be considered as an Automatic Arrest for First Degree Murder." Why not? I know what the "sensitive" will bark and say, hey, Ken, the gunman had a poor background so that is why he tried to shoot our mayor. Are you kidding me? Tell me that you are on stage and trying to be Robin Williams reincarnated!

How would George Wallace have performed "if" he had elected? We "can" answer if we only do the research on who held the Congress and Senate leaders, Democrat or Republican, and depending on the wisdom of Wallace who many thought to be a "loose cannon"and afraid to be bold in the Oval Office, we chose for Dignity, Mild-Mannerisms, and you know what? We won.

How could I have been so stupid for this many years. There he was, big as life, taking the shape and image of The Bush Duo, Dad and W, Billy C., Barack, and now Trump . . .who on earth would believe that the Oval Office is now occupied by Super-man?

Not me. And not Paul Ryan, who is NOT a good Jimmy Olsen!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Wallace

www.history.com/this-day-in-history/governor-george-wallace-shot

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lurleen_Wallace

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Bremer

© 2018 Kenneth Avery

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