Friday, December 24, 2021

Literary Corner: Praying Away the Cray


AP Photo/Butch Dill, via AP News.

On the John Lewis Voting Rights Act

by Herschel Walker of Texas, Georgia senatorial candidate.

You know what's sad about that —
to use the name of a great man
to brand something that is so bad,
I think it is terrible to do.
Senator Lewis was one of the
greatest senators that's ever been
and for African Americans that
was absolutely incredible. To throw his name
on a bill for voting rights I think is a shame."

That gesture to bringing back rhyme, even just in the last couplet there, is a beautiful nod to tradition, even though, as far as tradition goes, the actual John Lewis, who was never a senator, was widely viewed during his lifetime as an advocate for voting rights who probably wouldn't object to the bill bearing his name at all. But why insult the man by reminding people of that? 

Also, not only does he have the coveted Trump endorsement, but he wears a soul patch.

Can't understand the spiteful critics harping on these finicky points, anyhow, at a time when Donald Trump, as opposed to John Lewis, is still alive. Trump makes "mistakes" like these (as we have long been chronicling here) in virtually every public appearance. True, Walker is in traditional terms seemingly somewhat disabled, what with the trouble he's faced over the occasional death threat against an ex-wife and other eccentric activities. symptoms of a regrettable case of dissociative identity disorder (DID):

A watershed moment, he writes, came in February 2001, when he drove around suburban Dallas, hunting for a man who he said was avoiding his calls after being days late delivering a car Walker had purchased.

“The logical side of me knew that what I was thinking of doing to this man — murdering him for messing up my schedule — wasn’t a viable alternative,” Walker wrote. “But another side of me was so angry that all I could think was how satisfying it would feel to step out of the car, pull out the gun, slip off the safety, and squeeze the trigger.”

Ultimately, Walker wrote, he had a change of heart after seeing a “SMILE. JESUS LOVES YOU” bumper sticker on the man’s car-hauling truck. He decided to seek professional help.

He's literally standing behind an effort to pray away the cray! 

How does that, or the possibility that a career of getting hit very hard in the head may have led to a case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), make him any less worthy than Trump himself? 

Cross-posted at The Rectification of Names.

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