Elvis has left the building
by Mary W Maxwell
This is a private letter to the Gumshoe Faithful. All others, please avert your eyes.
Dear Faithful, I have left the building. I have departed Oz, maybe never to return. I found out about a job opportunity, and, as the shades of night are falling fast, I thought I had better go for it.
Here’s how I found the “job offer.” On May 1 (“May Day! May Day alert!”) there was a headline at Yahoo that said “Disbarred judge seeks election to Senate.” I figured he must be one of us, and that the disbarring was punishment for a dissident, per usual.
Clicked on the article and was fascinated to learn that it was the judge who had put a monument of the Ten Commandments in his courthouse. I am OK with that (although I thought he had put it out on the front lawn).
I think any display of how we historically arrived at the principles of law would be OK. Why not? In fact for at least a day after reading that the offending judge was running for Senate I calculated “I can go over and help him.”
So I started to fool around with the state website (Alabama, which is on the Gulf of Mexico and was hard hit in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina, ahem, ahem, ahem).
By the way, the judge is Roy Moore, and he is an elected judge, as is often the case in America, not an appointed one.
Then I read up on the snap election they are having – it is to fill the vacancy left by Senator Jeff Sessions, as Trump appointed him to Cabinet as Attorney General. I hear Sessions is a good man. (A different person with the name Sessions was head of FBI a while back.)
As you may know, none of the US “ministers” is in “parliament.” They are laypersons on the outside. Recall my article six months ago, on “Picking My Cabinet”?
So, one thing leads to another, especially for a chronic Web surfer, and next I found that the new governor of Alabama, a lady, is the one who set the snap election to be this year instead of next year. She had only been governor for 2 weeks at this point.
She was lieutenant governor and the governor was asked to step down. He is a dermatologist and was accused of this, that, and the other thing. So there, on our beloved Youtube, we see Gov Ivey, age 73, acting like the Lion Queen. I mean acting like a decent leader who knows what “leading” means. Gosh.
I start to like Alabama. So I look in the mirror and see “candidate” written all over my face. I raised the subject with a friend in Adelaide who pretty much told me to take my meds. Naturally that only strengthened my resolve.
Next I go to the website to check that I am qualified. Of course I knew I was constitutionally qualified (US citizen over age 30) but maybe there was a loophole in the state law? Nope. No loopholes.
The filing deadline for candidates is May 17. So in order to pop over to the USA, I had to act quickly to close down my abode in SA. Such a task! Long story short, I packed (no, Berry, not “packed”) and am now out the door.
Maybe I should have “packed.” Things could be rough ahead for a girl (age 70) who is deluded enough to think she could sit in the legislature of the Great Republic. But I seem to recall my mother saying “God gives you what you need to get through.”
Dee prettied up my campaign website, and made me look “potential.”
Thanks — bigtime! The support I have got since I joined Gumshoe in December 2013 (with my article “An Australian Defense of Marriage”) is probably what made me sassy enough to take this step. So now I am living in Montgomery, AL, and have today filed the paperwork to run for the job.
The pay is a hundred and seventy four thousand times what I get as Gumshoe’s Al Haig. Which is not bad, really.
Postscript: Y’all should not fret that I will let “Martin” down. Of course I won’t do that.
Here’s the baby: https://www.maxwellforsenate.com
— The above article is precisely Mary W Maxwell’s 300th article at Gumshoe