Friday, February 11, 2005

Stupid, Stupid

Virginia is governed by morons:

Virginians who wear their pants so low their underwear shows may want to think about investing in a stronger belt.

The state's House of Delegates passed a bill Tuesday authorizing a $50 fine for anyone who displays his or her underpants in a "lewd or indecent manner."

Although this stupid thing was brought forth by a reactionary black Democrat (targeting black youths especially), in principle it's the sort of thing conservatives love not only because prudishness is served, but because this is the sort of way state and local government is "supposed" to work. Or, put another way, conservatives know that local and state governments are often this culturally reactionary, hence all their arguments about federalism. This sort of shit is exactly why they want more "local control" and bitch and moan about the awful Feds who inevitably find it unconstitutional. Virginia effectively bans hiphuggers and baggy pants, Alabama can put a Ten Commandments plaque in its couthouse, Kansas can teach creationism as if it's actually science, and -- dream of dreams -- Texas can legalise the lynch mob.

Tim, The Answer Guy, has more on the idiocies of the Virginia Legislature.

On the other hand, I bet those diehard "principled" conservatarian keyboarders do little more than snicker or giggle at this story -- it's about something that pleases their red state comrades, after all. But let any state or community slap an extra 50$ tax on wireless modems or elastic-waist Dockers and watch them squeal, rediscovering their "principles".