At a medicaid expansion rally in McAlester, Oklahoma it was said that the reason why the Motorcade of Medicaid took the path they took to get to McAlester, Oklahoma was because this is Little Dixie. One of the ladies in audience sounded like she was offended, and said that they are not suppose to use that word because its associated with KKK and illiteracy.
I have heard the term “Little Dixie” used in describing the politics and culture of McAlester, OK & Pittsburg county Oklahoma (generally). Actually Ive heard the term “Little Dixie” being used to describe Southeastern Oklahoma & the entire Congressional District 2. I didn’t realize this until I moved to Southeastern Oklahoma. Though I have heard the phrase “Yellow dog” & ‘Blue dog” very rarely used in white republican or tea-party circles of Southeastern Oklahoma in reference to their white democrat counterparts in the state; but
the phrase “Little Dixie” is mostly & loosely used by white republicans in Southeastern Oklahoma to categorize white democrats in Congressional District 2 Oklahoma.
I heard what the woman in the video said in reference as to why she disliked the phrase “Little Dixie”, but I’m wondering if she disliked the phrase because it’s a truthful disclosure or a reminder of what she does not want to be said out loud.
Let’s be honest about this Little Dixie thing.. the meaning of the phrase Little Dixie does accurately depict Southeastern Oklahoma. So please lets not pretend it does not. I know what “Little Dixie” & Dixiecrat mean, as do most African Americans – even though “Little Dixie” & Dixiecrat is not a term that most blacks use. Reason being that most blacks don’t use the phrase is because its associated with the same political party that Blacks are associated with themselves. It does not mean that blacks adore Dixiecrats. Its a rock & a hard place for black folks, when there are only 2 political parties to deal with.
The needs and wants of black democrats is not necessarily the same as a Dixiecrat. Whereas the Dixiecrat wants states rights, most blacks oppose this because it would mean a death sentence them & they would have no protection when they are already racially discriminated against & are severely outnumbered. Look what happened to North Tulsa (which is not even Little Dixie). I’ve spoke with several blacks in Southeastern Oklahoma within the past 6 months about their concerns and it appears that they are paying close attention not only due to how Congressional District 2 voted in the last presidential election; but they are especially paying more attention here recently to the obvious racial disparity they are subjected to in the criminal justice system & in employment – which BY THE WAY is a system within this locality that’s controlled NOT by republicans. Remember, Southeastern Oklahoma particularly in Pittsburg & Hughes County is a democrat stronghold. I have heard many of blacks in the area say that they will cast a “retaliation vote”. I think you (the reader) know what that means. But only time will tell as to what black democrats in Pittsburg & Hughes county will actually do on voting day. I have asked them to choose their political candidate wisely, but to pay attention to the ‘”low hanging fruit” – AKA: local & state politicians.
What I have not figured out yet is how did this Little Dixie thing occur in Southeastern Oklahoma (or anywhere in Oklahoma for that matter) in the 1st place, considering that Oklahoma was not a slave state.
This video was recorded on July 27, 2013 at Chadick Park in McAlester, OK.
(R-OK) Steve Harrison, sitting councilman is running for Mayor of McAlester, Oklahoma. He feels council members should at least make a good impression while sitting on bench at meetings for the sake of public appearance. He said his rival John Brown (another councilman) shows up wearing shorts. But when Harrison shows up to city council, he dresses up in suit & tie.
Harrison also answered questions about the McAlester landfill that the council had previously imposed a restriction on its use. Harrison explained that the landfill was full & that the city had to comply w/DEQ rules.
About the matter of McAlester council passing city law that conflicted w/state law in regulating the sale of over the counter cold medicine, Harrison said that the city council rescinded their ruling after its passing due to ruling from Oklahoma Attorney General. The initial reason given by the council in trying to regulate the cold medicine was to clamp down on meth labs. But Oklahoma attorney general Pruitt said towns can’t regulate sale of cold pills.
Steve Harrison, who is a republican, is currently a city councilman for ward 2 McAlester, OK. He seeks to win the office of Mayor, as the outgoing mayor – Kevin Priddle, is retiring. John Browne, a democrat is also running for mayor.
Election for the mayor race is super Tuesday – March 6, 2012.
Following is video of Harrison speaking:
Tonite, driving from Walmart getting on to George Nigh Exwy, I spotted a Ron Paul sign. It was the ONLY political sign in the whole area.. just sitting out there all by it’s lonesome.
Before any Ron Paul supporters start jumping my bones, I want to say that I ain’t got nothing against Ron Paul & in fact I like the guy.. But a Ron Paul sign in these neck of the woods is highly unusual. I didn’t think Ron Paul was even on the radar out here. In McAlester, OK (or surrounding area of District 2) most Republicans I talk to would say they support Santorum or Romney. But Ron Paul ?????? This is a first. I need to find out what the hell is going on. I’m call up Pittsburg GOP to find out if Paul has a headquarters out here.
Oklahoma Republican female voter reveals who she may vote for in Oklahoma’s 2nd US Congressional & Presidential election 2012. She’s leaning Dakota Woods & Markwayne Mullin for US congress; but since she had not seen all of the GOP candidates she said she could change her mind. But she did say that her liking for Mullin & Woods was because they seemed strong & forceful.
Voter says she prefers Rick Santorum for President, but since he’s unlikely to win GOP nomination, she said she’d probably vote for Mitt Romney. When asked about Newt, the voter strongly replied he was dirty, a big government progressive & lack morals & character. However, voter felt Mitt was not that conservative, but that she would chose him over Newt based on morals & character.
This interview was on January 31, 2012 in McAlester, OK at a GOP event held at Angel’s Diner.
I plan to do more video polling of Republican voters at forthcoming Oklahoma GOP events so as to get a feel for how GOP voters are leaning.
With Democrat State Senator Richard Lerblance bowing out of next race, Oklahoma republicans are backing GOP Larry Boggs to win the seat in next election in District 7.
Also, Oklahoma republicans are just down right excited about their slate of GOP candidates to take democrat Dan Boren US Congressional seat (2nd district).
At this Oklahoma GOP event, we watched a televised Oklahoma Congressional debate moderated by Oklahoma’s Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb, in 6 GOP candidates participated. The 6 GOP candidates aiming to take Democrat Dan Boren seat are: Dustin Rowe, George Faught, Markwayne Mullin, Wayne Pettigrew, Dakota Woods and Dwayne Thompson. http://www.georgefaught.com http://www.mullinforcongress.com http://www.pettrigrewuscongress.com http://www.roweforcongress.us http://www.dwaynethompson.org
This republican event was held in McAlester, Oklahoma in conference room of Angel’s Diner on January 31, 2012. A lot of folks showed up .. it was standing room only!
Person I interviewed for this video is Lonnie Anderson – A GOP coordinator involved in local GOP party.
Last nite, Nov. 12, 2010 I got a phone call that citizens were needed to show up to show support for family of local Army hero (Sgt. Jason McCluskey) who was killed in the war in Afghanistan; and that the urgency was due to Westboro Baptist Church announcing that they would be invading the town to disrupt this soldiers funeral. The funeral was held today, Nov. 13, 2010 at 9:15am at the 1st Baptist Church on 1st & Washington. There were thousands of folks for 3 blocks, most of whom were carrying American Flags.
While the family were in the church for funeral service, the Westboro Baptist Church thugs showed up today on 3rd & Washington St. holding hateful signs. It appeared that there were no more than 6 of them. Most of whom were children. A portion of the citizens hurried for 2 blocks to see what was going on. The Patriot Guard & other riders surrounded the Westboro
group, as the cops & McAlester Mayor shielded them from thousands of very unset citizens. One sign in particular that upset the crowd was the sign saying: “Thank God For Dead Soldiers”. The Westboro woman removed American flag from her waist, and then stepped on it. I guess she was trying to provoke the people. Many in the crowd, including myself wanted to rescue Old Glory from the abuse of these hateful Westboro thugs. But the cops & McAlester Mayor Kevin Priddle kept telling crowd to move back. And several times, we were asked to ignore Westboro folks & turn our backs to them. I detected that the Westboro children appeared as though they were scared or rather timid.
Things got pretty heated when the crowd moved in closer, as some folks were planning to break thru to grab Old Glory from under the Westboro woman’s feet. But cops again made us all move back.
Where the Westboro thugs were situated was on side of the St. Johns Catholic Church. Someone in the crowd said that the catholic priest came out and that it appeared as though he was sprinkling holy water on the Westboro folks. Though, I did not witness this, but I will see if I can find video evidence.
As the crowd got anxious, the Westboro folks starting leaving. The crowd then proceeded after them to make sure they were leaving town. Westboro members dashed to their vehicle, but both tires were flat. The cops did not give them a ride, so they fled on 2 flat tires.The eating establishments I am aware of in McAlester, OK posted signs that they would not serve Westboro Baptist Church.