A Nation of Dress Codes, Not Politicians


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A Nation of Dress Codes, Not Politicians
Tradition is what makes us a nation of laws.
By Daniel Greenfield

Senate Majority Leader Schumer’s announcement that members of the not especially respected body will be able to wear what they want means that out go the business suits and in go Sen. Fetterman’s basketball shorts. The point of the old dress code was that the Senate was engaged in serious business and its members should look like adult professionals.

But what if its members, like Sen. Kyrsten Sinema or Sen. John Fetterman, aren’t adults? Sinema and Fetterman have both taken to wearing what feels good rather than attire that treats the offices they hold with due seriousness. And they are just flaunting what so many members of Congress already believe: that the office is all about their self-expression and about them.

It’s not just about the clothes. The pandemic allowed the House of Representatives to unleash proxy voting and even remote hearings. It became a common sight for United States government events to take place with a hotel room or a bathroom in the background.

Proxy voting meant that members of congress didn’t even have to bother coming to work if they didn’t feel like it. An endless slew of official letters by politicians who were on vacation, attending campaign events or conferences claimed that they couldn’t be there to vote in person because of the “public health emergency”. If anyone had bothered to enforce perjury laws, most of Congress would be serving time in prison, in person, with no proxy sentences allowed.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s decision to end proxy voting restored some small measure of dignity. Members of Congress are actually expected to show up in person and conduct the business of government. And yet the complaints continue. Why should members of Congress have to put what they want to do on hold to actually conduct government business?

And why should members of the Senate have to wear pants?

Dress codes and voting in person are forms of institutional standards. And, like wigs in British courts, they can seem silly, but they serve as important reminders that public officials are the bearers of a national tradition. John Adams argued for “a government of laws, not of men.” The civilizing formalities are not just forms of basic decency which bound our behaviors, they also remind the men and women in charge of our system that they serve something higher.

Not just themselves or their parties or their donors. They serve the American tradition.

It is no coincidence that the men and women who disdain dress codes or demand proxy voting also have little regard for laws, beginning with the constitution, and who want the absolute power to reshape our lives according to their whims. Radicals and extremists invariably reject any form of discipline or limitations on their powers. Their insistence that they ought to be able to do anything they want is an egotism that begins with them and ends with us losing our rights.

Tradition teaches us to see ourselves as more than our egos. Capitol Hill and much of Washington D.C. is a history lesson writ in paint and stone. Those who pass through it are supposed to understand that they are part of a national pageant and elected officials, in particular, are taking up a role held by their predecessors for hundreds of years.

There are some who still see it that way, but the House has no shortage of cranks, radicals, foreigners, egomaniacs, extremists and others to whom history is meaningless and worthless. When they look at the statues, they don’t feel themselves to be a part of the nation’s past, they just count which ones they’d like to see taken down and how they can claim credit for it. Dress codes have no value to people who respect no national tradition and certainly no traditional clothing beyond the Islamic hijab, because they don’t see themselves within a larger body.

Until recent times, members of the two houses saw themselves as part of American institutions, in solidarity with each other, and with the nation, across party lines and partisan elections. When it comes to Sen. Fetterman or Rep. Ilhan Omar, that should not be taken for granted.

Politics has always been abusive and corrupt, the force of tradition, patriotism, heritage and other intangibles helped restrain some of the worst impulses of elected officials. Those forces are dissolving. A government of laws is being replaced by a government of men who refuse to be limited by traditions, principles or laws. As American traditions fall apart, what replaces them are the even older traditions of politics, personality cults, tribalism, and the determination to seize power by any means necessary and hold it even more ruthlessly.

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other,” Adams warned. That is even more true of politicians who have already shown ample evidence that at the earliest opportunity they will tear any constitution or body of laws apart like wolves descending on a wounded sheep.

Dress codes are one of the niceties of tradition that serve as canaries in a coal mine. Politicians who are self-interested and undisciplined enough that they can’t be bothered to abide by them won’t be likely to keep any of the more serious traditions and laws that they help to guard.

Tradition seems silly and worthless if you’re a self-centered child which is what our average politician is. Asking them to accept any restraint on their powers is too much. Why should they be expected to abide by the minimal expectation of countless offices in the country? Or by any expectations at all? Why should they be expected to come to work or not, suddenly, decide to declare that the Second Amendment has been suspended by a public health emergency?

In a government of men, not laws, politicians don’t reason or respect the past, they feel very deeply and they believe that following their feelings is the reason that they were elected. They don’t see themselves as part of a larger body or a nation, only as righteous individuals here to destroy the past and usher in the future based on whatever they believe right this second.

America needs dress codes, more than it needs politicians, it needs standards more than it needs iconoclasts, it needs men and women willing to put the country ahead of themselves.

And it would help if some of them could also put on a pair of pants before they go to work.



Blessed Hope-Prepare To Fly!
It sure has become :tappingfoot slack on dress codes. They have become too tolerant of things that shouldn't be. They show a lack of behavior in dress and the way they act. This has just happened since John Fetterman it wasn't like this before. It is unreal that our president is getting away with open borders. This should be an automatic out of office for him not protecting We The People what a shame.:tappingfoot


Blood bought child of the King of kings.
This is just another face of their "progression".
The looney leftest mindset is all about what feels good or right , not by any logical, reasonable thought process involved.

There are certain standards and decorum to be represented, and dare I say, expected in certain areas, facets, and functions with in any decent society.


Well-Known Member
I don't care if they don't wear ties or high fashion, but in representing our nation they should not dress like slobs.
I agree. Business casual beats sweat shorts, crappy sneakers and sweat shirts and hoodies. It’s a matter of respect for the institution and the
people who elected you and the respect for the country. I’ve pretty much reached my peak and maximum with all this foolishness and lawfare.


Choose Your Words Carefully...
And then the "Trans" need to be accommodated...

Respect for leaders is not something the populace has much of, considering the antics of our government.

So they may just as well be dressed as clowns.

God calls us to honor leaders, but its difficult when they deserve our contempt and rebuke.


Choose Your Words Carefully...
Seeing more and more news of D.C. and those who should be leading is just do distressing,
but a moment in God's Word can help get our perspective back to where it needs to be.

Hosea 13 HCSB

10 Where now is your king,
that he may save you in all your cities,
and the rulers you demanded, saying,
“Give me a king and leaders”?
11 I give you a king in My anger
and take away a king in My wrath.

Hosea 14
Israel, return to Yahweh your God,
for you have stumbled in your sin.
2 Take words of repentance with you
and return to the Lord.
Say to Him: “Forgive all our sin
and accept what is good,
so that we may repay You
with praise from our lips.
3 Assyria will not save us,
we will not ride on horses,
and we will no longer proclaim, ‘Our gods!’
to the work of our hands.
For the fatherless receives compassion in You.”

The context is OT and Israel, but often we can see the same things happening.
Perhaps instead of asking for godly leaders, we need to be asking for God.
This world is so bent on itself and godlessness, that a righteous king would be too busy cleaning house.

Evil wont just vacate the thrones, he must be removed by force.

But that force is not by the hand of man, for even the best of man is still a sinner. It must be by Christ the King. Holy and spotless. The Hope of all believers.

Today, Grace is abundant to those who believe in Christ. Trust Him, for a time is approaching when faith will be hard to grasp.
Look to the sky, believe His promise, and walk with Him each new day.

Its not a king we should be wanting, but The King of Kings we should earnestly plea for.


Luke 9:59 And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. 60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.

Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.” The spiritually dead “unbeliever” can bury their dead, but they can't preach the gospel. Disciples’ main priority in life should be to preaching the Gospel. Disciples should not give priority to tasks that the unsaved can do just as well as a believer.

You can make the world dress a certain way. I personally really don’t care how the world dress; I do care how I dress because I am a disciple of Christ “believer”. Us believers do have a dress code, it called modesty. There is only one thing I want to talk to an unbeliever about and that’s the coming judgment and how he can be delivered from this judgment through the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Pet 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.