If you want a window into how conservative governance works, I don’t think you’ll find a better example than Louisiana.
Previously, they passed a school choice/vouchers law that opened the door for kids to go to schools where they get some, uh, interesting ideas about history and science.
1. Dinosaurs and humans probably hung out: “Bible-believing Christians cannot accept any evolutionary interpretation. Dinosaurs and humans were definitely on the earth at the same time and may have even lived side by side within the past few thousand years.”—Life Science, 3rd ed., Bob Jones University Press, 2007
5. Slave masters were nice guys: “A few slave holders were undeniably cruel. Examples of slaves beaten to death were not common, neither were they unknown. The majority of slave holders treated their slaves well.”—United States History for Christian Schools, 2nd ed., Bob Jones University Press, 1991
6. The KKK was A-OK: “[The Ku Klux] Klan in some areas of the country tried to be a means of reform, fighting the decline in morality and using the symbol of the cross. Klan targets were bootleggers, wife-beaters, and immoral movies. In some communities it achieved a certain respectability as it worked with politicians.”—United States History for Christian Schools, 3rd ed., Bob Jones University Press, 2001
Just some good ol’ boys… never meaning no harm… just burning a few crosses every now and again since the day they was born… sing it if you know it.
Now, most recently, a gun rights amendment was put on the ballot by the usual suspects, supported heavily by the governor, and passed by the electorate, amended the state constitution declaring gun ownership a fundamental right. Prosecutors warned that the broad language of the bill would put laws that made it illegal for convicted felons to carry guns in jeopardy, but the people passed it regardless.
And hey, look!
An Orleans Parish judge on Thursday ruled that the state statute forbidding certain felons from possessing firearms is unconstitutional, in the wake of a constitutional amendment passed last year that made the right to bear arms a fundamental one in Louisiana. The issue will now go straight to the state Supreme Court, which must decide whether the statute infringes on Louisiana citizens’ now-enhanced right to gun possession…
The National Rifle Association also did not respond to inquiries about its position on felons’ rights to own firearms.
Ooo! Ooo! Pick me! Pick me!
They’re in favor of it. Because then they can urge everyone else to go and get more guns to defend themselves against the criminal element they previously fought so hard to arm.
Selling to both sides is always a nice racket if you can get it.
Addendum: Parts of the state also appear to be disappearing into the depths of the Earth thanks to the barely regulated mining industry.
Though with the vouchers, I’m sure this incident will be attributed in school text books as a biblical plague on the town for their sins, instead of a failure of the market and lack of regulation.