Some pre-emptive strike
A cautionary word from the Earl of Louisiana
Posted: March 15, 2013 at 3:13 a.m.
“Whatcha gonna do now, Leander? The feds got da bomb.” —Earl Long to Leander Perez THE GOVERNOR of Louisiana all those years ago, Uncle Earl himself, was explaining to the boss of Plaquemines and St. Bernard Parishes and environs how federal law—the law of the land—trumps state law. In his own way, the Earl of Louisiana was putting things plain, that is, in colorful language. He could be counted on to spice up the conversation whenever he talked about politics—just for lagniappe. He was a lot like his brother Huey that way. Earl Long’s point way back then was that old Jim Crow was on his way out in these latitudes whether the Leander Perezes liked it or not. The law was the law, and Earl Kemp Long didn’t mean state law, either, but the federal caliber. As in the Constitution of the United States.
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Editorial, Pages 14 on 03/15/2013