The Freedom to be Foolish

While most of us may consider it distasteful, and indeed foolish, to wear ones pants so low as to expose the underwear, as the Court stated in O’Gorman, “people can dress as they please, wear anything, so long as they do not offend public order and decency.”… Moreover, “the Constitution still leaves some opportunity for people to be foolish if they so desire.”

Judge Ruben Franco ruling that saggy pants are not, in fact, illegal and do not constitute “Disorderly Conduct.”

I, for one, am not in favor of the fashion of wearing saggy pants but I don’t believe that wearing pants in that manner should be illegal. Just because I find it distasteful, doesn’t mean that I should run to the authorities and demand that something be done to prevent it.

That, I think, is one of the biggest challenges to our freedom. No, it’s not some group of terrorists in a cave somewhere in the Middle East, it’s Americans themselves. Every time someone brings in some authority figure (police, the courts, the legislature, etc.), and demand that they do something about petty things that annoy or offend us, we willingly hand over a little piece of our freedom to the government. A little piece here, a little piece there. After a while it adds up and pretty soon, we’ve handed it all over and we find ourselves in a fascist, totalitarian state, wondering who took our freedom away.

It was us, stupid. We gave it away of our own free will so that we could be spared being annoyed and offended by inconsequential annoyances like saggy britches.


Author: Rick

I'm a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe.