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BRIAN PERRY/Electing a statue

While typically I think this kind of thing should be a legislative decision (and it would require their approval), why not have some fun and put it on the ballot. Instead of a qualifying fee like candidates must make, we make the cost of being on the ballot the cost of the commission, transportation and dedication of the statue, payable to the state and refundable if that subject isn’t chosen. We can put it on the regular statewide election ballot. Voters can choose two and those receiving the top votes get approved by the legislature and governor. Heck, we could even let Davis and George on the ballot and they could compete for another term.

I can see the competing campaign ads already: “Ernest Hemingway once retorted, ‘Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?’ On Tuesday, vote for someone who really knew how to get them all shook up! Thank-you very much. Paid for by the Committee to Elect the Statue of Elvis Presley.”

But get this. In order to replace a statue, it must be in the U.S. Capitol for ten years. So let’s plan to rotate every twelve years; every third election cycle. That allows Mississippi to share its different faces and diversity and tell our broader story that includes contributions after the nineteenth century.

Neshoba Democrat

Posted March 23, 2017 - 6:00 am

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