Smoky Mountain Family Historian

Sunday, October 31, 2004

Long Time, No Post

I haven't posted here in awhile because my life has been really busy lately. Hopefully things are returning to a somewhat normal state, and I'll be able to get the blog updated. I'm really tired of this year's election. As I have been reflecting on the presidential election this year, I remembered the words of one of my great aunts that she penned to her grandmother in Illinois after moving to Mississippi in 1896. She was speaking of the election and reported that "After 4 years of Democratic hard times, it looks like we are in for a season of Republican prosperity." Of course the president elected then was William McKinley. Of course, we haven't been in 4 years of Democratic hard times, nor do I really think we've had 4 years of Republican ones either (as some Democrats would have you believe). I think the thing that surprised me most about the letter of my great aunt was her report on how the vote in the county of Monroe in the state of Mississippi went. From her comments, it apparently went Republican, although I did not verify that fact. I had always believed that the "Solid South" pretty much voted Democratic all the way until recent times when it has had Republican leanings (since about Nixon). Interesting!

I'll try to post more in a day or two. I'm looking forward to the end of the political ads and media coverage of the election. If you haven't voted yet, please consider my choice!

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