If a policy of "not allowing" artists with diverging viewpoints to perform at the festival is implemented, our country will have one less claim to the democratic ideals we profess to foster around the world, and Southwest Louisiana will have greatly weakened an international reputation for tolerance and acceptance.
CaÃ±edo states that her "biggest concern was that the band would be treated unfairly." Although her sincerity is not in question, it is clear that the only unfairness came with her request that The Mammals refrain from expressing themselves on their own terms. She also states a desire to make sure the festival's artist contracts work for "the times we're in," implying that something about the present day makes political expression less viable than at other times. I would argue that when such sentiments are considered legitimate, the need for divergence is greater than ever.
Duhon reveals a grave misunderstanding of international bands whose music is based on political protest when he states that such musicians wouldn't have an issue with speech restrictions because "they're speaking against dictatorship, and they're pro-democracy." He makes the increasingly common and bewildering assumption that being pro-democracy means supporting the American government's policies without question. Our greatest heroes as a nation have always been those who asked the hardest questions and refused simple answers. Lately, many Americans have grown content to accept what they're told at face value, and that is our loss. The idea that an artist such as Thomas Mapfumo ' a frequent political exile whose musical style is named for the revolutionary movement he helped inspire in Zimbabwe ' would give up his rights to play at any particular festival is absurd.
Political dissent makes people uncomfortable, as it should. Comfort and freedom do not coexist easily ' when one grows, the other shrinks. We must not become complacent, even in situations where there appears to be no malevolent intent. In the words of George Washington, "If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."
The Lafayette superintendent insists the budget is illegal and vows to fight on.
"I am not a scientist," Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has said numerous times, a response that other members of his party have parroted.
Republicans are running strong races against endangered Democratic incumbents in states such as North Carolina, Colorado, Arkansas, Louisiana and Alaska. Republicans are also looking to replace retiring Democrats in Iowa and West Virginia with a GOP lawmaker.
Republican congressman Vance McAllister is trying to make up to Louisiana voters for getting too close to a married former employee.
You may not like all of “it,” but U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, unlike many of her colleagues, isn't sitting around twiddling her thumbs in Congress.
Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro says he "can't wait" to play against Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The heat keeps rising for Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal as a new slate of corruption allegations surfaced this week.
If opposing defenses sell out to stop the Packers' passing game, they risk being gashed by powerful running back Eddie Lacy, a New Orleans-area native.
At the horn the officiating crew trotted to the tunnel and left security personnel to clean up after them.
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Sign "ninjas" cleaning up clutter; NYC doctor positive for Ebola; Ferguson grand jury decision nears; and more national and international news for Friday, October 24, 2014.
We can safely assume incumbent Chief K.P. Gibson isn’t too worried about this challenger.
Nationally, Republicans must gain six seats to win Senate control. The most competitive races, many in states where Obama lost in 2012, remain too close to call.
The Baton Rouge Republican has repeatedly battled a perception within his own party that he perhaps wasn't the best choice to carry the GOP banner.
Even if Jimmy Graham's production dips while the star tight end recovers from a shoulder injury, it looks like Drew Brees won't have much trouble finding other targets.
A former campaign manager for Senate candidate Rob Maness is striking at the Republican contender's tea party support, saying Maness only sought to appeal to conservative organizations because he needed money for his campaign.
Ninety-two percent of public school teachers were rated either effective or highly effective in a report the state issued marking the second year of a new statewide evaluation process.
School board members Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion can vote to fire Cooper — because we all know that’s exactly what they’ll do.
District 2 school board candidate Simon Mahan is hoping to unseat first-term incumbent and former Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle in the Nov. 4 election.
District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
The governor is traveling the country laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, but his approval ratings at home hover well below 50 percent.
State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.