Corona Corona 5

The good news is that Rex (with small help from me) has been turning my silly verses into a bluesy pop song.  Stay tuned.

More good news:  You’re probably not living in New Orleans and do not have to face the reality of its mayor, LaToya Cantrell, who is predictably blaming the Federal Government and President Trump for her costly decision not to cancel Mardi Gras.  With the disregard for truth, sense, and grammar we have come to expect from the mayors of the Crescent City, Mayor Cantrell justified her mistake, saying: 

Leaders on the ground, we rely on the facts to make decisions for the people that we serve.”

Note:  This is her explanation for her failure to make an important decision—she was relying on facts. It goes without saying, she does not mention any of the facts that paralyzed her will.  LaToya topped these non sequiturs with a statement that should make New Orleans residents long for the competence and honesty of Ray Nagin, whose handling of the city during Hurricane Katrina inspired the t-shirts, “New Orleans: Third World and Proud of It.”

LaToya capped her apologia with this masterpiece: 

"When it's not taken seriously at the federal level it's very difficult to transcend down to the local level in making these decisions… "

If you know what “transcend down to the local level” means, you ought to be ashamed of yourself.  Finally, this gem. 

“In hindsight, if we were given proper direction, we would not have had Mardi Gras and I would have been the leader to cancel it.”

I suppose if this were translated into English, it would read: “With the benefit of hindsight, I can say that if we had been given clear direction, we should not have had Mardi Gras, and it would have been my duty as mayor to cancel it.”

But even rewritten, her statement is nonsense, since with foresight or eyes on nothing but the present, the decision was hers to make, and if local officials have to wait for instructions from Washington, they should turn their cities and counties completely over to Washington and give back all the money they have received on the pretense that they have a job.

Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming is president of the Fleming Foundation. He is the author of six books, including The Morality of Everyday Life and The Politics of Human Nature, as well as many articles and columns for newspapers, magazines,and learned journals. He holds a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a B.A. in Greek from the College of Charleston. He served as editor of Chronicles: a Magazine of American Culture from 1984 to 2015 and president of The Rockford Institute from 1997-2014. In a previous life he taught classics at several colleges and served as a school headmaster in South Carolina