Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is trying to use a non-existent law to prevent the removal of Confederate monuments in the city of New Orleans, reported AllGov.com.
Statues of Confederate military general Robert E. Lee, P.G.T. Beauregard, Jefferson Davis, and one commemorating an attack by the White League are being considered for removal by the New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission. New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu supports the proposal to remove these monuments.
However, Gov. Jindal said he will use the “Heritage Act” to protect the monuments from being removed. There’s one problem: the “Heritage Act” doesn’t exist in Louisiana. “Nothing of that name shows up in a review of [Louisiana] state laws, though a South Carolina law with the name, passed in 2000, kept the Confederate flag flying over that state’s Capitol grounds until recently,” reported Jeff Adelson of the Acadiana Advocate.
After Jindal’s office realized that the law doesn’t exist in state statutes, Jindal backed off of that mission and proposed to take another route of protecting the monuments. That’s Jindal-style politics: just make up laws to do what you want.