As a Louisiana native with a Cajun mother, I object to your depiction of citizens of my home state dumb swamp dwellers!
I think the cartoonist is saying that Mr. Edwards’ VOTING BASE contains a good proportion of such people (and probably a higher proportion AFTER his conviction and punishment than before), not that Louisiana does not have any other kinds of people.
@ Allan That was meant to get a discussion started. We are always making fun of ourself. And I got the cartoon and very funny. Just could not resist the urge to ster the pot.
Felons can run for political office in Louisiana? This cartoon is very insulting to the many good people that live in Louisiana and there are good people that live there.
Philosophically, I agree that REHABILITATED felons should be able to vote and run for office; the states that have lifetime bans on voting did so in order to deny the black population the vote after their Klan-railroaded sentences for loitering or insulting police officers (while governors routinely handed out pardons to good-old white boys. As for voting, that is a basic civil right; running for office is too, but being ELECTED is something else. If the voters feel (correctly or not) that a candidate was sent to prison unjustly, or just don’t care, they have the right to vote for or against that candidate.
It has been claimed that convicted felons are more likely to vote for Democrats. I suspect that UNCONVICTED (i.e. uncaught) felons are more likely to BE Republicans these days.
What I was saying is the man is just out of prison and already running for political office? Since he has not proven he is rehabilitated why is he being allowed to run now. Most states that do allow rehabilitated felons to vote and run for office from what I understand about the process do not let them get those rights back after being released but have to proof that they have been rehabilitated before these rights are restored.
There may be lots of good people who live there, but strangely their governor and representation in the Senate might lead one to think otherwise.