Saturday, December 3, 2016

obit plus

Here it is Dec. 3rd - of 2016
I don't write here consistently enough.  You might say I don't write consistently when I am writing.  It could be because I believe I am writing to myself - which I am.  If you are reading, that is nice.  I thank you.
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Today is a miserable day.  Not a heavy rain, but a drizzle keeps oozing from the skies. I think I'd rather have a full blown hard rain and be through with it for the rest of the day.  Oscar feels the same  (dog).  He is unhappy because I won't go outside and play ball in the rain.  Sweet dog.
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BUT, back to today's topic:
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In today's Corsicana paper was an obit which I found had an historical / social-type comment about politics, this is, politics of yore.  Now, before you roll your eyes at the "politics" word, wait for just a moment.
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I was born on November 4, 1940.  This is the day that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) was elected to his 3rd term of office.  Prior to this, no president had served more than two terms.  For the historical illiterates, FDR was elected later to his 4th term prior to his death and reluctantly turned the White House office over to his vice president, Harry S. Truman of Missouri.
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Our local obit was for an 84 year old guy "Red" Carroll.   [ side bar:  I wonder what color his hair was as a younger man? ]  His newspaper portrait shows a fairly bald big, nice-looking guy in a suit.  As far as I know, I never met the gentleman, and he has never met me - or cared to meet me.  Who knows?
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Now for the politics.
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Red was born on November 1, 1932.  That would have been - give or take - 4 or 5 days "BEFORE"  FDR was elected to his first term of office.  Knowing this fact, I am saying that Red's parents were very, very strong Democrats.  follow this now....
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Red was born before FDR was elected.
I believe and state that his parents would have been planning to vote Democrat and for FDR.
How do I know?
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The rest of the story.
Red's full name was   Franklin Delano Carroll.
His parents named him after FDR before FDR was elected to office.
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I think that says a lot about the political climate of that year.
The question, which I hope NOBODY answers, is:   would you name your next child Hillary or Donald?  And if you would, would you have used that same name (remember to utilize the middle names too) before the election was held?
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