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Swampville


Swampy New Orleans.

Swampy New Orleans.

One thing leads to another.

Yesterday, I posted about swamps and bayous. A friend of mine who lives in New Mexico commented on Facebook that she would like to see more of my swampy pictures because, well, she never gets to see much of that kind of greenery living in the high desert near Albuquerque.

So. Okay. Here’s one. Sorta. Kinda.

One of the cool things about living in New Orleans is that you don’t have to go far to see swamps or subtropical greenery. I made this picture in The Lower Garden District about a mile or so away from where we live. When I pushed the button I was thinking this particular place looked like Singapore before it was completely rebuilt and even the funky places were gentrified. To some people — little toddler people — that big tree looks like something Dr. Seuss would dream up. I can see that too. Of course I always thought that, “Green Eggs and Ham” would have been better titled as “Green Eggs and Spam.” Then it would have a little Hawaiian flavor. No pun intended. Okay. Every pun intended.

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      • There is a price to pay for the pessimism that results in a population when its institutions fail to operate according to their founding purposes.

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      • You’ll have to define “founding.” The more I read about the “founding fathers,” for instance, the more I understand why we are where we are today.

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      • There is an enormous amount of wisdom in that, so far as I can tell. But by “founding”, I simply meant “the original purpose that gave birth to an institution”. With regard to the legislative function, there can be no doubt that at least one central function is the establishment of justice, and with regard to the founding fathers, they were worried about the influence of money on the legislative process. All were concerned with the common good, and, ironically, the first political parties resulted from factions who saw the other party as factionalist, and therefore a threat to the common good.

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      • I understand your meaning now. The founding fathers may have claimed they were concerned protecting the common good. But were they? I believe they were protecting their way of life. As an example, we have the electoral college. While they may be proven right about their reasoning, especially in this never ending election cycle, they didn’t believe that the common man was informed enough to vote directly. Common man is very different than common good, I know. But, whose common good were they really protecting?

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