BIG EASY JUDGMENTS
New Orleans is a fascinating place. I have never been to a city more dedicated to alcohol and tourists — except Tijuana. Admittedly, I spent most of my time in the French Quarter, so named for the 18th-century owners — who were less prone to surrender than their 20th-century counterparts. In the French Quarter, if you ask a bartender for a drink, he responds, “for here or to go?” Most of the food is fried and greasy. Comestibles which are un-fried and un-greasy can and should be eaten by hand or with a spoon. Public consumption of booze is unremarkable and public inebriation is unavoidable. Music, usually live music, is playing everywhere.
In short, it’s my kind of place.
On several occasions I have written in this space bemoaning the fact that the only thing which people can be judgmental about these days are people who are judgmental. I have long contended that this is bunk because what this really means is that people are expected to judge everyone the same way. If some celebrate the fact they’re as gay as a French horn, well, that’s great if you think that being as gay as a French horn is great. But if you have even the teeniest problem with homosexuality or its celebration, you’re a bigot, i.e., “judgmental.” If you think adulterous behavior is something to be denounced, well, you’re a prude, also “judgmental.” But, hey, if you’re the good kind of “enlightened” person who thinks sleeping around is a plus for left-wing celebrities and politicians — then you can still denounce the “mean-spirited” people for being judgmental.
This is going to be an increasing problem for the cultural Left.
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