Who is E Eric Guirard?
A true Louisianan, E was born in St. Martinville, LA, on July 13, 1958. He grew up in the heart
of Cajun country in Baton Rouge, where his father Gerald “Jay-Boy” Guirard founded the
Mid-South Door Company. After graduating from Catholic high school in 1976, E went on to
receive his Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science from LSU
in 1981. He continued his education to pursue a career in law, and in 1987 was granted his
Juris Doctorate from the LSU Paul M. Herbert Law Center.
E’s more than just a lawyer and values his community deeply. A big believer in community
involvement and stewardship, E founded the E Eric Guirard Foundation in 2009 with the
goal to “Make Baton Rouge Safe, Clean & Lean.” The foundation works with community
leaders, the East Baton Rouge city-parish government, private businesses, and other
charities to assist the city with issues like safety, crime prevention, health, litter eradication,
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What is the biggest issue you would like to focus on as mayor of Baton Rouge?
All of our problems stem from the woeful public school educational system that has
developed in Baton Rouge for the last 40 years. White flight, crime, labor shortages, traffic
– everything can be traced back to education. It mostly directly affects minorities, but
ultimately everyone. Our city public schools, by and large, are producing poorly educated
citizens who test well below their grade level. Every public official, even tangentially
involved in education, should be ashamed and resign. It is so bad, tinkering around the
edges or pouring in more money will not work. The solution – “FUND IT, DON’T RUN
IT”. Take all the money dedicated to public schools, put it in one pot, then divide it by the
number of students in the parish. Each student would then get that amount of money
to be used only on education. Call it a tax credit, education credit, education stipend,
purple donkey – it doesn’t matter. There would be an explosion of new schools, revamped
schools and educational entrepreneurialism never before seen in this country. Educational
entrepreneurs from every state would clamor to set up shop here. The parish government
could run schools too if it wanted, but they would have to compete with all the private
schools and could not force attendance. Capitalism and free enterprise works in every other
aspect of our lives, so why not for the most import thing in our lives – our children’s brains?
And until Fund It, Don’t Run It is implemented, let’s put cameras in every classroom, and let
the public see firsthand what our tax dollars are paying for in the way of education.
What is your response to the Black Lives Matter movement?
Black lives matter is a truism that is beyond dispute. We are all children of God, and all
American citizens deserve the liberty and freedom guaranteed us by the US Constitution.
However, to support that truism does not mean I back Black Lives Matter the organization.
I am a common sense and non-violent person, and I am somewhat troubled by the group’s
occasional association with radical and violent entities. I think ultimately, since in the end
we are all Americans, we together can find some different paths and organizations to
reach our mutual goals of justice for all in society, racial equality and individual liberty for
What do you think needs to be done to promote social and racial justice?
The best way to promote social and racial justice is to create an atmosphere in the city of
Baton Rouge that is open, welcoming, entrepreneurial and enlightened. It first starts with
the schools, outlined in my Fund It, Don’t Run It program. A robust, entrepreneurial system
of private schools servicing the entire school population will mix the races naturally, create
harmony among everyone, and give opportunity and a future to those who did not have
it before – all without government mandate. I have an inherent belief in the goodness and
non-racism in most people. If we just let businesses, organizations, schools, neighbors,
etc. live life in peace and progress; justice and equality will reign. The institution of the new
police force, The Guardian Rouge, detailed in the next question, will also go a long way to
promoting social and racial justice.
Are you in favor of police reform? If so, what should it look like?
Why do we have two police forces overlapping each other – the Baton Rouge City Police
and East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s office? Merge those two into a completely new entity,
which will tie in nicely with the President’s new executive order and possible coming
federal laws, and call it the Guardian Rouge. No longer call them police or cops, they will
be our guardians – well trained, well paid, well educated, physical beyond fit and martial
arts trained. And no more blue or green. The new uniforms and cars would all be red – or
maybe a hip maroon or burgundy. Put small Guardian Rouge substations around the city
and especially smack in the middle of the worst, most crime ridden sections. It will be
community policing on steroids. The Guardian Rouge will be the public’s friend – kids will
want to grow up to be one and they will be all of our guardians. It’s the cop on beat – 21st
century style. And tying back into Theme #2, with more electronic traffic monitoring, the
main interaction of the Guardian Rouge with otherwise law-abiding citizens will not be for
a traffic stop. The public will have mainly positive interaction with law enforcement and
come to understand their main role is to be our guardians. We should also pay the Guardian
Rouge a bonus for living in the parish. When law enforcement lives in the parish they serve,
community policing is enhanced and commitment to the parish is emphasized. And finally, the Guardian Rouge will publicize just who in the heck the people are committing crimes – pictures, names, addresses, where you went to school, who are your parents. Parish residents need to take ownership of how we are raising our children. And we should all keep an eye out on those bad citizens who dare soil our house. A village shouldn’t raise a child, but it should look out for the bad child.
What are your thoughts on how the U.S. has responded to the coronavirus pandemic? What would you want to be done differently?
As to the coronavirus problem, my preference would have been to treat all American
citizens as the free, independent adults that we are, and allowed us to use common sense
in fighting this pandemic. If all the states had followed the lead of the nine states that never
locked down and the country of Sweden that never locked down, we could have avoided
the calamity, heartache, other medical problems, economic loss and death caused by
the lockdowns themselves and the subsequent collapse of an entire economy. At the same
time, we should have emphasized protecting the most vulnerable – the elderly, especially
those in nursing homes which accounted for almost 45% of the deaths and the immune
deficient people or ones with comorbidities. And even though our testing efforts have been
the largest in the world, I would have pushed from the beginning an even bigger testing
effort, but with rapid results. If the vast majority of folks were tested, we could have much
more easily steered people into quarantines or treatments, and avoided the infection of
others to a much greater degree. Finally, though admittedly controversial, the government
should have made a hydroxychloroquine with azithromycin and zinc protocol available for
free to anyone who voluntarily, under the guidance of their doctor, wanted to use the drug
either early in the onset of the disease or as a preventive measure. Because of the political
atmosphere, the use of hydroxychloroquine/azithromycin/zinc protocol has become, well,
political, and we have failed to make use of a drug favored by many doctors in the United
States and the rest of the world, and in fact, by many entire countries around the world with
moderate to great success when used early or prophylactically, and with no incidence of
terrible side effects that have been scare mongered by the media in this country. The studies
have been inconclusive, but what is conclusive is the safe use of this drug for 60 plus years
around the world for malaria, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, plus the sometimes amazing
results in early or preventive use around the world against the coronavirus.
Do you support more stimulus money? If so, how should Congress pay for the
If we would end the lockdowns, the economy would rebound amazingly fast, people could
go back to jobs and make additional stimulus money unnecessary. I would favor an at least
temporary waiver of the payroll tax, as President Trump has done by executive action, which
would give all workers an immediate 6% raise, perhaps for a year.
Do you believe our healthcare system needs to be reformed? If so, what will you do to
The healthcare system should be reformed by moving away from a third party, insurance
company centric system and moving to a consumer based system, just like all the other
goods and services that we purchase in a free enterprise, capitalist system. First, allow
insurance companies to sell health insurance across state lines, just like they do with car
insurance. If Flo, the gekko, the guy with the deep voice, Mayhem, the emu, etc. could sell
health insurance nationally, prices would tumble down. Secondly, price transparency, again
like every other commodity or service that we purchase, should be mandated. If the health
consumer would be allowed to shop between medical providers for the most cost effective
colonoscopy, MRI, injection, etc., again the beauty of the free enterprise system would work
its magic on costs and customer service. That system could be tweaked with a government
sponsored program for catastrophic illness or accident, to prevent the economic
devastation that occurs regardless of insurance coverage or ability to pay normal medical
costs. Fuse the Rouge!