The old adage, " Old Habits Die Hard", proves to be an enduring reality for every aspect of the governing body of Louisiana. Rather it concerns being the number one incarcerator in the world, worse in Education, Healthcare, Infrastructure, and Quality of life, Louisiana leaders remain clueless of the most important part of the Preamble, which states in pertinent part: We the people in order to form a more perfect union, established justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States Of America! The passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution 2 in 2009, which granted state sovereignty to the state of Louisiana, was thought to enhance this more "Perfect Union ", but in truth provided a more modern makeover to mask the hidden identities of the individuals and their nefarious offspring who are all direct descendants and inheritors of the fruit of the poisonous tree! True reform in Louisiana can't begin at ground level in any respect. The ousting of Governor Edwin Edwards, Congressmen William Jefferson, Warden Burl Cain, District Attorney Walter Reid, Mayor Ray Nagin, Mayor Maurice Brown, Mayor Eddie Price III, City Councilman Robert Stevens, City Councilman Oliver Thomas, Parish President Lester Millet, District Judge Ronald Bodenheimer, and Col. Mike Edmonson is merely the act of trimming a few of the limbs off of the poisonous tree without causing "Any Harm" to the tree itself! If we, the most impacted citizens of Louisiana, are to experience real reform, we must direct our focus and energy towards the tree, not the limbs! The lifeblood and legacy of the status quo rests, rules, and abides in the "ROOT" of the poisonous tree. It's time for, We, The People, to dig it up! For even during our most difficult period in American History, there was a mechanism of release for those in captivity, albeit under some of the most vial and inhumane practices of legal order. One would imagine after more than 300 years we the people would have formed more perfect unions and laws! However, instead of moving forward as a people and a state, Louisiana has remained the outlier in crime, corruption, and punishment of its most vulnerable citizens! We call reform ending the death penalty, while District Attorney's like Pete Adams use political ties, victims, misleading statistics, and mass media airing of violent crimes to fight tooth and nail to maintain Mandatory Life Sentences! The perception of being smart on crime while protecting and maintaining the status quo seems to be how this legislative cycle is going to start and end!  

The old adage, " Old Habits Die Hard", proves to be an enduring reality for every aspect of the governing body of Louisiana. Rather it concerns being the number one incarcerator in the world, worse in Education, Healthcare, Infrastructure, and Quality of life, Louisiana leaders remain clueless of the most important part of the Preamble, which states in pertinent part: We the people in order to form a more perfect union, established justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States Of America! The passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution 2 in 2009, which granted state sovereignty to the state of Louisiana, was thought to enhance this more "Perfect Union ", but in truth provided a more modern makeover to mask the hidden identities of the individuals and their nefarious offspring who are all direct descendants and inheritors of the fruit of the poisonous tree! True reform in Louisiana can't begin at ground level in any respect. The ousting of Governor Edwin Edwards, Congressmen William Jefferson, Warden Burl Cain, District Attorney Walter Reid, Mayor Ray Nagin, Mayor Maurice Brown, Mayor Eddie Price III, City Councilman Robert Stevens, City Councilman Oliver Thomas, Parish President Lester Millet, District Judge Ronald Bodenheimer, and Col. Mike Edmonson is merely the act of trimming a few of the limbs off of the poisonous tree without causing "Any Harm" to the tree itself! If we, the most impacted citizens of Louisiana, are to experience real reform, we must direct our focus and energy towards the tree, not the limbs! The lifeblood and legacy of the status quo rests, rules, and abides in the "ROOT" of the poisonous tree. It's time for, We, The People, to dig it up! For even during our most difficult period in American History, there was a mechanism of release for those in captivity, albeit under some of the most vial and inhumane practices of legal order. One would imagine after more than 300 years we the people would have formed more perfect unions and laws! However, instead of moving forward as a people and a state, Louisiana has remained the outlier in crime, corruption, and punishment of its most vulnerable citizens! We call reform ending the death penalty, while District Attorney's like Pete Adams use political ties, victims, misleading statistics, and mass media airing of violent crimes to fight tooth and nail to maintain Mandatory Life Sentences! The perception of being smart on crime while protecting and maintaining the status quo seems to be how this legislative cycle is going to start and end!