Anybody perplexed about why the Republican Occasion continues to hemorrhage help amongst conservative Individuals want look no additional than the continuing episode in Livingston Parish involving a Leftist librarian, the cabal who funds her, a involved mum or dad, taxpayer cash, and smut within the kids’s part of a library paid for by Louisiana residents.
Ryan Thames is a resident of Livingston Parish and the daddy of two ladies, ages 13 and 5. Thames had the impertinence to publicly protest the position of sexually express books positioned within the kids’s part of a public library. His grave offense was to request that library personnel merely transfer the objectionable materials to a different a part of the library, out of the attain of kids. Your author has seen a pattern of the books at challenge, which embrace healthful prepubescent themes equivalent to anal intercourse, butt plugs, masturbation, intercourse toys for “bonus enjoyable,” and the correct use of intercourse lube, full with graphic illustrations.
The books’ content material is so graphic that it needed to be redacted from an area information article, and no media shops have seen match to publish the precise materials. What makes the state of affairs much more alarming is that the books weren’t unintentionally positioned within the children’ part, they have been supposed for his or her consumption. In another setting moreover a public library, an grownup who supplied the fabric at challenge to a baby would doubtless be arrested.
Along with objecting to the position of the books, Thames additionally publicly criticized Leftist Louisiana Affiliation of College Librarians President Amanda Jones for her asinine opposition to having the books eliminated. Jones’ rewarded Mr. Thames by submitting a lawsuit towards him and Michael Lunsford, founding father of the watchdog advocacy group Residents for a New Louisiana. The go well with is pending in Livingston Parish District Court docket.
Jones claims that Thames defamed her by suggesting that her help for youngsters’s entry to graphic intercourse books quantities to complicity within the sexual grooming of kids (which is on the very least an controversial level). Jones additionally claims that elimination of the books quantities to unconstitutional authorities censorship.
Jones’ claims have zero benefit, as each Thames and Lunsford’s statements are constitutionally protected speech, and the US Supreme Court docket has lengthy held that society has a elementary curiosity in defending our kids from prurient photographs. Jones needs to be summarily bounced out of Court docket simply after she is sanctioned for inflicting the expenditure of precious judicial sources on patent nonsense. The truth that Jones’ claims are the authorized equal of a protracted bowel motion has not deterred Leftist teams from donating a hefty $100,000 to fund her go well with in an execrable effort to intimidate and demoralize Mr. Thames and his household, in addition to Mr. Lunsford.
As soon as the fever of the second passes and Jones is rightly forgotten, this episode should endure in our reminiscence as a supreme instance of gorgeous political and ethical weak point exhibited by the Livingston Parish Republican Occasion. In a second when the core values of its group are below vicious assault by Jones and her Leftist co-agitators, each the Louisiana Republican Occasion and the Livingston Parish Republicans stay as mute as a pond of fish.
With the noteworthy exception of Consultant Valarie Hodges, not one outstanding Livingston Republican has uttered a single public phrase of denunciation of Ms. Jones or a single phrase of help for both Mr. Lunsford or Mr. Thames and his household. The Occasion, together with Livingston Republican RINO Consultant Buddy Mincey, sits on the sidelines and watches because the lifetime of a good man is torn aside for standing towards evil as he tries to guard the valuable innocence of our kids. The identical Occasion will inevitably search the monetary and political help from honorable residents like Ryan Thames in Livingston Parish and throughout Louisiana, hoping that they may overlook its repeated betrayal of their pursuits. They won’t and they need to not.
The Republican Occasion ought to by no means once more surprise why a considerable majority of Louisianans not belief, not really feel loyalty to, and not battle for an establishment that’s too weak and compromised to battle for them, a Occasion that someplace alongside the road misplaced its soul. Until it recovers its identification and its spine in very brief order, its epitaph will learn “Right here lies the as soon as nice Republican Occasion, lifeless by its personal hand.” And possibly that’s appropriately, for the patriots are amassing over the hill.
J. Christopher Alexander, Louisiana Citizen Advocacy Group www.lacag.org