If Southern Gospel was a political party…

It’s been a slow news week so far. So let’s turn to the mailbag again for another reader-submitted column idea: “If the Southern Gospel genre was united together as a structured, organized entity, similar to a political party,who would be the one individual elected as the organizational-wide recognized genre leader?”

Since it is Election Day, let’s take it a step further. Suppose Southern Gospel was mounting a national Presidential ticket. Who would we nominate for President and Vice-Presidentβ€”and who would make a good campaign manager and campaign spokesman?

One more thing. Republicans have the elephant; Democrats have the donkey. What would Southern Gospel’s animal be?

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36 Letters to the Editor

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  1. Bill Gaither in some ways would be a good president. I realize that he glams it up at times, but he has an extreme love for the genre and great success. He has been involved in many aspects of the industry. Gerald Wolfe would be good too, so let’s put him for Vice President. Michael Booth could be court jester. πŸ˜‰

  2. I nominate Pat Barker for campaign spokesman, because he has a great speaking voice (the “voice of authority”). πŸ™‚

  3. Gerald Wolfe as President and Michael Booth as VP!

    Southern Gospel Animal???
    A dove?!

  4. Dianne Wilkinson for campaign spokesman!

    • Where would that leave Pat Barker? Campaign mascot? πŸ™‚

  5. President- Gerald Wolfe
    Vice-Presidentβ€” Michael Booth
    Campaign Manager- Scott Fowler
    Campaign Spokesman- someone with a bass voice- I like Daniel’s selection of Pat Barker or of course Tim Riley

    Southern Gospel’s animal be? – The Dove

    Am I seeing a trend starting? Any political aspirations Gerald? πŸ˜‰

  6. Pres. Gerald Wolfe

    VP – Clarke Beasley – anyone that can run NQC can surely keep the country afloat.

    Foreign Affairs – Claude Hopper (he is a smart guy and has such a great personality and could surely bring peace among the nations).

    Sec. of State – Jeff Stice – the right age, likeable, smart and if things get tough, he can dazzle them on the piano.

    Speaker of the house – Dennis Swanberg

  7. Chief of Staff – Scott Fowler

    Domestic Affairs – One of the Riddle brothers from Primitive Quartet. Talk about a Godly man walking in the White House!

  8. For the representative animal, I first thought fried chicken; perhaps I’ve sung at too many homecomings.

    • Have you heard Mark Lowry’s comedy routine about his favorite animal being fried chicken? πŸ™‚

      • Not that I can recall, but perhaps I have and the memory was locked away in the filing cabinet that is my mind, and the post triggered it. Anyway, I must now go find the video.

      • OK. πŸ™‚

  9. With the prices of everything in Louisville, the last person I’d want taxing me would be anyone associated with NQC!! LOL! My vote for President would be Ruben Bean. He works three days a week, his budget is balanced, and being the Godly Christian gentleman he is, he won’t be a moral embarrassment to the nation. And that makes Peg the First Lady, which is fine with me.

  10. Scott Fowler for President, Gerald Wolfe for VP and the DOVE for mascot… Claude Hopper for SEC of Commerce, Michael Booth for SEC of State……………….and the list goes on. I would suggest Michael Hopper as Chief of Staff (guy works constantly)…

    Gaither would be in charge of White House entertainment – with a singing virtually every weekend. Lowery is SEC of Comedy… This is fun…


    • Good thought, with Michael H. for Chief of Staff.

      So … who should be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development?

      Who should head up the FBI?

      Who should head up the CIA?

      For some reason, I think Roger Talley could do a brilliant job of running the CIA. πŸ™‚

  11. I don’t think I care to nominat anyone but the party symbol would be : an instant replay machine

    • I think we can do better than that. πŸ™‚ What kind of animal would represent Southern Gospel at its best, a three-chords-and-a-cloud-of-dust kind of animal? A rabbit? πŸ™‚

      • In honor of the gospel bus, isn’t the “Greyhound” the obvious choice?? πŸ™‚

      • Or the Silver Eagle, but since the eagle is the National Bird, that may be confusing.

  12. As a genre, Southern Gospel has governing bodies that make decisions that effect the people of Southern Gospel Nation, the fans. The effects can even be felt economically. The governing bodies like the NQC board and SGMA are largely industry-selected. What would it look like to have to nominated individuals from within the industry voted on by the fans based upon their representation of the fans to run these governing bodies? Would the fans have more of a voice?

    • The NQC is led by a board of directors who largely if not completely are also co-owners.

      If you want a vote in SGMA leadership, it’s quite simple … join! It’s only $20/year.

  13. I nominate Gerald Wolfe at the anti-piracy Czar. πŸ™‚

    Seriously, I’d go with Bill Gaither, more or less because he’s always been an out of the box kind of guy, and not afraid to push the envelop a bit.

    • I believe that would be Secretary of Commerce.

      • Yes, I knew that, but it’s so wide, most PPL wouldn’t ‘get it’. πŸ™‚

      • Ah, OK! πŸ™‚

    • Great post. I can assure you that I had completely forgotten about it!

    • Yeah, I totally forgot about it too, but obviously I had seen it at the time. πŸ™‚ Usually I remember such things, but I also was sleepy this morning and in a hurry.

  14. I think Ed O’Neill has a presidential look about him and his voice too. Vice president would be Mark Trammell. He looks like a wise man. Sec of state would be one of the Riddle brothers of the primitive. Secretary of foreign affairs would be Jeff Easter

  15. We’re talking about a genre that would rather go extinct than change, so the mascot would have to be a dinosaur. I’d vote for a T-Rex, even though their brains were supposedly the size of a walnut.

    Bill Gaither has been a unifying figure in the Southern Gospel industry, so he’d be first in line for President. In fact, they could probably use a strand of his hair to get the DNA to clone the dinosaur.

    For Vice President, you need someone who is always willing to jump in and take over for the president and help him out when he gets tongue-tied. If Bill is our president, we’d need to get a consensus on whether to go with Kevin Williams or Mark Lowry for VP.

    The campaign manager needs to be someone who is good at public relations. Daniel Britt from Joy-FM in Winston-Salem might fit the bill.

    Similarly, the campaign spokesman must be unflappable when faced by annoying reporters looking for a hot story, but they also able to clearly explain a complex issue. Michael Booth can always be counted on for a quick joke when the situation calls for it, but he can also be quite articulate when he’s serious.

    Last but not least, no political party is complete without a scandal or two. I nominate Doug Harrison. Take your pick on whether he is to be the one exposing the scandal, or if he IS the scandal.

    (I sincerely hope everyone realizes this entire post is intended to be light-hearted.)

  16. Who would head the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms department? It would have to be a bass singer/hunter to have an expert opinion on tobacco and firearms, but I’m not touching this one with regards to the alcohol part of the equation. LOL

  17. I would be willing to vote for Diane Wilkinson for first female president. If her state of the union addresses were as good as the songs she writes I would sit down and listen to all her speeches!

    • She wouldn’t need a teleprompter either.

    • If I voted for female Presidential candidates, I most certainly would, too. As it is, though … how about Secretary of State? πŸ™‚

  18. I would name Mark Trammell president. He is the ultimate quartet man. After that, who knows…

  19. Thanks for the honorable mentions, but don’t look for me to show up in Iowa any time soon…unless it’s at a concert! πŸ™‚