Collapsing despotic political regimes presiding over catastrophically failing municipalities routinely use deflection and obfuscation as a way of confusing the natives. They also misdirect focus onto something other than the horrific circumstances that the state government, itself, has caused. We are witnessing yet another such masterpiece of deception in play right now in New Orleans. As if under some sort of Voodoo curse, the city’s mayoral office has been plagued by corruption, racketeering, incompetence, and now, shocking levels of stupidity and divisiveness in an effort to obviate and obscure the city’s sharply worsening crime rate, among other serious problems.
New Orleans is, by any measure, a failing city. I lived in New Orleans between the ages of 5 and 13 back in the mid-1960s and have a decidedly romanticized attraction for all of its lovely charms. Though the Crescent City (used to think the Crescent and Star was about the river, but learned later it’s about something else!) was racially tense back then, it is exponentially worse now. After Hurricane Katrina (which, by the way, hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast, not New Orleans) caused massive flooding and a damn breach, race relations went from bad to worse. It was ultimately revealed that the Landrieu crime syndicate which has run the city and the state, had redirected federal funding for the levee system and spent the money on something else. No one is quite sure what. The Landrieus, as governors, mayors, and senators, have plagued the state and city for many decades as New Orleans descends into the pit of criminality and poverty the Left is so fond of cultivating everywhere it rules.
Who to blame for all this? Well, how about the Confederacy and history itself? Yeah, that’s the ticket! In a stroke of genius, Mayor Landrieu has shifted blame for the city’s collapse away from himself and the prior criminal mayor Ray Nagin (currently serving time in federal prison) and found a scapegoat whom the mostly black city council could get happy with: the state’s Confederate past. With the support of his mostly black city council, whose governance is also partly to blame for the city’s skyrocketing murder rate, decline in city services, and completely failed public school system, Landrieu has embarked upon an ISIS style removal of historical monuments of Confederate generals and other leaders that are represented as part of this city’s long and colorful history.
In a surreal Orwellian move or scene straight out of Fahrenheit 451, in the middle of the night, Landrieu had masked contractors, alleged to be off-duty New Orleans fire department employees, destroy one such monument, the video of which has been posted on social media. The scene of this destruction of historical monuments is reminiscent of similar video of ISIS, the Taliban and Al Qaeda doing identical destruction to historical monuments across their conquered territory. And the cheering mobs of savages who think this is great “revenge” for slavery have yet to realize the joke is on them.
First and foremost, for those of you who did not grow up in the South (I grew up in New Orleans, Atlanta, and Dallas), to say that the Civil War was primarily or solely about slavery is a display of dramatic ignorance. It is a gross oversimplification, and even in the revisionist versions in the modern liberal cathedrals of lower learning, it is clear that the agrarian south had distinctly different regional needs on a wide spectrum of economic issues than the industrial north. Slavery was a key, pivotal, hot button issue for the southern states – there is no argument about that. But many factors contributed to the legal secession from the union by the states that formed the Confederacy, elected a President (Jefferson Davis, also from Kentucky) issued currency, developed trade relationships and had a legitimate existence as a separate nation before the War of Northern Aggression, known to the modern revisionists as The Civil War. The Civil War is a misnomer because it implies there was a national civil war that occurred in the cohesive nation of the US. This was not the case. This war took place long after the southern states had legally seceded the Union and formed their own Confederacy. The history of this Confederacy is instructive, valid, and legitimate and to destroy it is monstrously barbaric and ignorant. And when this line of thinking runs its course against the Confederacy, it will move on to other historic villains of history to scapegoat and deflect attention from failed policy.
But, I digress. Back to the motives. Now, the mayor of New Orleans and his city council can whip up the angry mob of haters to re-fight the “Civil War” and blame all their problems on something that was over 152 years ago. As good as that might feel right now, eventually, as always, these mobs will wake up to the reality that they are still in abject poverty, suffering from very high crime, collapsed education, rampant gang and drug violence, the collapse of families, addiction to public programs and handouts. And they are as hopeless as when they first believed the Landrieu crime family was going to help them change their city.
By then, the corrupt mayor of New Orleans will have moved on and collected his winnings. Ironically, nothing will have changed, but the city will have suffered a little more decay, more destruction, and more disappointing hopelessness. The well-worn tactic of piling on a scapegoat to assuage one’s angst and anger over current circumstances turns out to work only for those hiding behind the charade.
No one questions the immorality and absolute injustice of slavery. It is a tragic reality that Africans today are being routinely bought and sold into slavery by Arabic and Bedouin Muslims, legally. But that part of reality doesn’t work for the purposes of the likes of the Landrieu, crime family. The race card and associated divisiveness, the blaming, the inflaming—these are diversionary tactics that always seem to work.