We’re now less than a week away from election day on Nov. 3 and insanity is the order of the day. Accusations are flying from both the Trump and Biden campaigns. Every day gets more outlandish. Millions and millions of dollars are being spent in these final few hours to drag in what few uncommitted votes are still out there. According to one news source, more than 300 law suits have already been filed contesting how votes will be counted and the election conducted in state after state.
And true to my form as a senior citizen I harken back to days of long ago and something that speaks to this time.
Some of you are old enough to recall a country humorist of decades ago named Jerry Clower. A native of Mississippi, Clower played football at Mississippi State before taking his degree in agriculture and becoming a salesman for Mississippi Chemical Company in Yazoo City in the 1950s. Before long, wherever two or more were gathered, there was Clower telling tall tales about growing up and peddling his fertilizer.
Rural southerners could easily relate to his humor and as time went along, he became more entertainer than salesman and became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1973.
One of his best-known stories was about a Mississippi coon-hunting trip with local legend John Eubanks. As the tale drew to a close, Eubanks had climbed a tree so he could knock the coon out–except the dogs had treed a wildcat, not a coon. As Eubanks and the varmint tangled in the top of the tree, Eubanks repeatedly pleaded for someone to either shoot the critter or himself as he said, “Some body got to have some relief.”
Which brings us to the mess we’re in across this country. Click here to go back to a Mississippi night long ago while Clower relives this story.
Editor’s note: I was an associate editor with Progressive Farmer magazine from 1966-1973. I was also the volunteer state chairman for the Alabama Jaycee’s Outstanding Young Farmer program. One year we had our state banquet in Foley with Jerry Clower as our speaker. He brought down the house. For some reason, I remember that we paid him $2,500 to appear. The check was cashed at a general store in Mississippi.