The greatest outrage, one that fixed our departure for good, was the crazy person who moved next door. He would prowl the property line, on his side of the fence, shielded by fifty-year-old Cypress, and made tiger growls as he marched up and down with a machete. Police, who had more serious problems, nearby, weren't very helpful. The point is that over time the extraordinary can become normal, and that which is fearful no longer shocks, until it's next door.
When it's necessary to arm teachers, ministers, priests, and rabbis, the transformation of society into a Clockwork Orange world is pretty near complete. When racism and fascism can march with impunity, with only mild disapproval at the highest levels, values of leadership are suspect. When truth tellers are branded as liars, if tolerated, the truth cannot long survive. We are in the midst of an anarchy that has few precedents. The attempted transformation of the judiciary into a pantheon of "yes" men (and women) completes the values coup. I believe it's too late to make peace with those who walk like tigers. You cannot reason with them, for they'll never be content with logic, or facts, that challenge prejudices officially encouraged. Ignorance, especially, willful is the real enemy of a free society.
Can the City of New Orleans pick and choose which federal laws it will acknowledge and enforce? Most of us understand that if you violate a federal law, then there are consequences. You most likely will be prosecuted and punished. Federal laws on the books are supposed to apply to everyone. That is unless you are an illegal immigrant living in New Orleans.
Every election a Republican lost in 2018 wasn’t because of illegal voting, ballot box stuffing, or liberal chicanery. None was. Everyone who disagrees with Trump isn’t a traitor.