During my high school days, elements of a dress code were still in place. That was the ?70s though (1970s, smart aleck), and authority was being challenged bit by bit. A lot of the challenges swirled around the length of male student's hair (well, length of female student's hemlines, too, but that's for another article). Hair down to the shirt collar was deemed too long.
One of the students challenging the hair length rule was our band drum major. Not only was he being threatened with expulsion, he was also told that he would not be allowed to participate in our next halftime show if he failed to get his haircut. Band students were on pins and needles.
Well, most band students. When our drum major climbed aboard the bus sporting a fresh haircut that put him back within dress code rules, the bus exploded with cheers and applause.
I do not know if anyone else refrained from cheering and applauding, but I did not join in. I was far from elated. "Why should someone be cheered and applauded and congratulated for complying with a rule he should have been following all along?" I thought. "Why should bad behavior be rewarded?" I still wonder that today.
Fast forward to our present day. Indiana state Democrat legislators have staged a multi-week walkout. They fled to Illinois in order to disrupt the Indiana political process and to thwart the will of the voters who returned Republicans to the majority in the last election.
They have come back. And, not surprisingly, there are those who praise them for their return. Huh? They should never have been gone in the first place. They have shirked their responsibilities and wasted taxpayer resources. They have demonstrated themselves to be spoiled brats who cannot play with others unless they get only their way. And now they receive cheering and applause.
I'm still not cheering.