The importance of wearing a uniform played into this week’s “Burn Notice” but the tv show plot point was effecting intimidation, not showing respect. (And both sides were criminals trying to psych each other out in their audaciously illegal semitropical enterprises.)
That dress for success uniform was an open-collared white shirt, no tie, black slacks and black jacket. And shades. Like this:
I was thinking about conservatives and how they love dress codes, even at school which they usually DON’T love, and even in Christian homeschooling which they do, while reading this —
. . .The other thing to consider here is exactly how one “respects” the presidency. For Card and others who served with Bush, it’s about choice of clothing. For those who serve with Obama, it’s about honoring institutional limits and the rule of law.
. . . Did George W. Bush always wear a coat and tie? Sure. Good for him. But while he was wearing nice clothes and demanding that his staff do the same, he also oversaw a scandal-plagued White House that trashed constitutional norms and routinely ignored the laws that the president twice swore to faithfully execute.
One respects the office by honoring its place in a constitutional system, not by wearing a suit.
Here’s one comment:
“Military historians have a simple predictive rule of thumb on winners and losers that . . . the side with the fanciest uniforms loses.
The rational[e] is simple. The side that spends most of its time in pomp, appearance and ceremony does not spend its time on actually doing what it is supposed to.”
The Smithsonian wants this hat from the universally known mother of R-E-S-P-E-C-T, but
a) she made the hat famous, not the other way around, and
b) it’s unique, not uniform, and
c) I don’t think they want it because they respect it.
And let’s not even get started on the recent object lesson of conservatives like oh, Sarah Palin for instance, putting undue emphasis on and investment into wardrobe, instead of knowledge and ideas!
Other snooking around, including school dress codes used to control and standardize rather than respect our kids as individuals, and how young Colin Powell’s love of uniforms drew him toward the military: