Randolph: Pull your pants up!

Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph faltered when she signed the ordinance banning saggy pants in her parish.

There is no debate on whether this ban is right or wrong. It is wrong. If the parish government can ban a clothing style it finds distasteful, it can ban Harry Potter. Keep your fingers crossed Councilman Lindel Toups enjoys book seven.

As things stand, the parish is now more akin to the Taliban than the United States of America, more akin to Sharia law than the Constitution and the freedom it guarantees.

The law, which the council approved and Randolph signed, probably violates constitutional law, according to Randolph. By her own admission, it may be unenforceable.

There’s been mention of amending the ordinance at the Aug. 7 parish council meeting. Parish officials and Sheriff Craig Webre are slated to meet to attempt to clarify the obscenity law’s vagueness.

Until then, the parish has another piece of nanny legislation on it books that will unquestionably cost the parish money and resources the moment an officer whips out his pen and ticket book to cite some teenager for not wearing a belt or some woman for wearing pants.

The American Civil Liberties Union and others are salivating at the chance to get this ordinance into court.

The moment that happens, Lafourche Parish will be railroaded into a losing court battle it rightly deserves.

Randolph said she signed this shameful legislation in order to move onto more important issues. Well, there is no issue more important than the removal of civil liberties, Madam President.