"Machine Gun Ronnie" Thompson Sheet Music
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"Machine Gun Ronnie" Thompson Sheet Music. "Make the Nest of Today". Thompson, a Gospel and country music singer known for his highly conservative views was mayor of Macon, GA from 1967-1975. When racial rioting began to break-out in the South, Ronnie handed his police force submachine guns and gave them shoot to kill orders. He moved a National Guard tank onto a local playground in a black section of town, just to make sure the message was clear. In 1969, municipal sanitation workers asked the city to organize through the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees union. Thompson rejected unionization as a concept and declared that the City of Macon was already paying employees enough. Workers went on strike, and Thompson fired them all and used city prisoners to collect the garbage. Later, Thompson blocked Muhammad Ali from fighting at the Macon Coliseum, because he objected to Ali's Conscientious Objector status. In 1972 Thompson was a GOP candidate for the United States House of Representatives, but he was defeated by the Democratic incumbent W.S. Stuckey, Jr. In 1974, as the Republican gubernatorial nominee, Thompson lost to Democrat George D. Busbee. Thompson once admitted that he wonders what might have happened had he stuck to music as a career and insists that "I would have been successful had I stayed in the music business".
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