01/19/2005: Neocons back in the news
No, not neoconservatives ... neoconfederates.
Julie Saltman notes that newly elected Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker is an unabashed neoconfederate.
In July, Parker made his way to the Selma home of Pat and Butch Godwin, who were holding a birthday party to honor Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, a wealthy slave trader who became the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. (Forrest also presided over the massacre of some 250 black prisoners of war at Ft. Pillow, Tenn.) The Godwins run Friends of Forrest Inc., which owns a Forrest statue the Godwins spent two years unsuccessfully trying to place on public property.
Standing on his friends' Confederate battle flag-bedecked front porch, Parker rallied the crowd. Later, one listener lauded him as "a man not afraid of the flag."
Why does the Alabama electorate seem determined to prove the foolishness of electing judges?
Brock on 01.19.05 @ 07:05 PM CST