‘Bag’ The Resolution, Do Something Meaningful

from Maryland Politics Today

I bet if you are “The Certain Liberal Blogger” or “The ‘Other’ Certain Liberal Blogger” you would expect me to talk about how O’Malley is trying to tax his way to filling a $1.7 billion hole that he caused, with no signs of truly cutting the budget.

They also thought that I would right about how the Maryland Court of Appeals did the right thing in upholding the same-sex marriage ban and protecting family values in the state. There, I did it, but not in detail. Those commentaries I am temporarily placing on hold, at least for today.

Today, I am starting my opinion with a pop quiz. This is a straight forward question that I think should be asked in light of today’s news story.

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Though option A is the typical yet very arguable answer, you would be wrong. For I find that the pendulum swings back and forth. But for today, that pendulum has swung towards option B thanks for Baltimore City Councilwoman Helen Holton (D-Dist. 8).

Holton told The Baltimore Sun in a story that was published this morning that when it comes to baggy pants “…perception is reality. When they see young people out like this, there’s a heightened sense of, ‘Oh, they must be up to no good. They must be selling drugs. They must be a part of this violent crime that is plaguing the city…'”

Holton has just joined the long list of politicians who do not realize that government is not in the business in regulating what should be worn in public. Yes, the number of people caught committing a crime in Baltimore wear saggy baggies, but Holton’s quote implicated anyone wearing baggy pants as criminals, this is irresponsible.

If this logic involving baggy pants were true, then police officers would be concentrating on anyone wearing these garments while the normally dressed people are committing the crimes. Can we please stop giving away crime committing strategies in advance please?

Now, I don’t wear baggy pants. I never have and I don’t have any use for them, so I never will. I think they do not look good in public. I also hope that the people who are wearing them are not going to work in them. It has been proven that doing some fashion trends does have an effect on one’s paycheck and one’s career. With all of that said, when it comes to banning baggy pants or issuing a resolution discouraging them, government should butt out. Holton should butt out and concentrate on more important issues.

I was with Mayor Sheila Dixon when she said there were more important issues to tackle. Then when she said “I believe in uniforms for schools,” I felt that all is lost. What good are uniforms if a bureaucracy is still running a school system. Nevermind the fact that I am personally absolutely opposed to uniforms. Uniforms are a quick way of make it look like they are improving schools. The kids maybe in uniforms, but it is still the same breakdown in learning that was there prior to uniforms.

So the moral of today’s story is that baggy pants do not make criminals and uniforms do not improve learning. Holton and Dixon would be better servants if they actually catch the people actually doing the crime and teaching children as opposed to directing what they should wear or not.

P. Kenneth Burns is the Editor and Writer of Maryland Politics Today. He can be reached at kennyburns@marylandpolitics.us.

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