By: Pat Austin
SHREVEPORT – Post election angst is fairly low here in the northwestern part of the state but down south, in New Orleans, tensions remain high. Protesters have gathered at Lee Circle each night and marched through the city creating havoc and destruction although their numbers seem to be shrinking each day.
A small group of protesters railing against President-elect Donald Trump turned out Saturday night (Nov. 12) at Lee Circle for a fourth consecutive night following the Republican candidate’s upset win against Hillary Clinton on Tuesday. They met in front of downtown’s Robert R. Lee monument, which has been plastered with profanity-laced graffiti in recent days but which bore no signs of similar vandalism on Saturday.
The gathering was quiet compared to Wednesday’s protest, which saw the windows of a Chase bank smashed along with anti-Trump graffiti sprayed on several prominent downtown buildings. New Orleans police have not arrested anyone for the vandalism.
There is a very strong group of monument watchers in NOLA who work hard to keep the monuments in in the city free from graffiti; they respond quickly to reports of tagging in part to deflect Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s claims that the monuments are a public nuisance.
My husband has been consumed with the liberal meltdowns on social media and has been greatly entertained by some of them but I’ve tried very hard to stay away from it. I’m not much for gloating and I don’t see much potential in trying to reform any of them. What I want to tell them is that this is the way I felt four years ago and eight years ago but that destroying someone else’s property because of it never crossed my mind. Get over it, I want to say. But I don’t.
We still have runoff elections in Louisiana: the Senate race has come down to Democrat Foster Campbell and Republican John Kennedy. Kennedy has done exemplary work as State Treasurer and is smart as he can be. Very fiscally conservative. Foster Campbell is a career politician having been in office since 1976; he has been State Senator (1976-2002), served on the Public Service Commission, and run for several offices he did not win. He was defeated in a gubernatorial race against Bobby Jindal and lost his bid for US Congressman three times. Campbell’s most notorious claim to fame was when he drove down an unopened, unfinished stretch of I-49 in 1988 and lost his eye when he crashed his car trying to drive on pavement that wasn’t there. Kennedy is favored in the U.S. Senate runoff – John Fleming – R, currently holds the seat.
That race was a crowded field and it’s worth noting that former Klansman David Duke got over 50,000 votes, or 3%, in that race.
As for Trump, there are rumors that he is considering former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal for Secretary of HHS which would actually be a great choice. Jindal lost a lot of popularity as governor, but in the field of Health and Human Services he is right at home and in his element. He would excel at this position.
Here’s hoping it is quiet where you are and that the peaceful transition of power is allowed to take place.
Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.