“Don’t Cry for Me, Alabama!”


Allende Redux in Montgomery? 

Driving to breakfast early this morning, I heard on the radio that the Alabama House of Representatives would begin deliberation on the impeachment of the Goobernator, Robert Bentley, sometime next week. This report was followed by accounts of the skies over Montgomery being filled with military aircraft.

For a split second, the thought struck me that the Alabama National Guard had jumped the gun and staged an Allende-style coup against the Goobernator. I then conjured up this picture of Bentley, like the ill-fated Allende in his Presidential Palace in Santiago, holed up in the Governor’s Mansion wearing an oversized M-1 helmet, with his goobernatorial mistress at his side, bravely awaiting the end.

I could even imagine Rebecca Caldwell Mason’s last words: “Don’t cry for me, Alabama!”

Needless to say, it turns out that my imagination got the best of me:  The military aircraft were WWII-vintage air planes participating in an upcoming air show.


About Jim Langcuster

A Southern late-Baby Boomer whose post-retirement focus is on building a post-racial, post-Confederate Southern regional identity. If the election of 2016 underscored one thing, it is that this country is intractably divided and that radical devolution of power to localities and states is the only way to save the American Union.
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