A shout out to my home state

First, thanks to all the folks at Concurring Opinions for the invitation. I’ll no doubt be a pale substitute for my W&L colleague David Zaring and other illustrious alums of ConOp — but I’ll do my best to keep the random insights on a thousand different topics (which is what sets ConOp apart from its fellow blogs, no?) coming.

It’ll come as no surprise to those who know me well that I begin my sojourn through the blogosphere with a little news item from my beloved home state of Arkansas. (Plenty of time to brag about my scholarship (um, I mean dialogically engage with like-minded scholars about topics of mutual interest) in later posts. . . .)

Seems that Arkansas is about to become the first state in the country to ban smoking in cars where children under the age of 6 are along for the ride. The bill was passed by an overwhelmingly Democratic legislature, and our Republican-possible-Presidential-contender-health-nut governor Mike Huckabee says he intends to sign it into law. Progressivism and bipartisanship at its best — folks in Washington, take a page from the Razorback playbook. And Arkansawyers everywhere, say it with me … whoo pig sooie!

(To my fellow former Judge Buzz clerks out there (Nate? Geoff?), am I wrong? What would our “old dad” say on this one?)


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7 Responses

  1. Fingerprint File says:

    I wonder what the rationale for this is. If it’s the health of the child, then how is this any different than banning parents from smoking in their own home when the child is in the room? If it’s a safety issue, then all smoking in cars should be banned. Am I missing something?

  2. Benjamin says:

    Arkanas is actually one of three states i’ve never been to (Texas and Alabama are the other too). Sounds like a cool place though, would love to check out the boars!

  3. David Zaring says:

    Pale substitute? More like bright, shining star. In Iowa, however, we enjoy basic freedoms that apparently do not exist 400 miles due south.

    I kid. Smoking in cars is really nasty.

  4. Bruce says:

    Actually, they’ve changed the Razorback cheer; it’s now:

    Wooooooooooooooooooooo! Pig. Secondhandsmokeisbadforyou.

  5. geoff manne says:

    I think we all know what the old dad would say. He would start by wondering what the gub’mint thought its business was in the backseats of our cars (what’s next — telling teenagers they can’t neck in the parking lot at Pinnacle Mountain?), followed closely by a choice Dylan lyric, probably:

    It ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe

    It don’t matter, anyhow

    An’ it ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe

    If you don’t know by now

    Then he would lament generally the gub’mint’s intrusion into our private lives — especially pernicious bipartisan intruding, the most lamentable kind. Followed by a few well-chosen words for the jokers who smoke in their cars with their kids in tow. And closing with a few swipes at the patent stupidity of the law: So 7 year olds, they don’t need protection? And, of course, parents are free to smoke at home in the trailer with the kids around — we can’t violate the sanctity of the home, after all.

    On second thought, maybe that’s just what I’d say.

    ‘preciate ya.

  6. susan franck says:

    The Governor’s legislative action brings a whole new flavor on that classic existential movie: I Heart Huckabees. But perhaps that’s an overused joke outside of Arkansas…

  7. Nate Oman says:

    geoff: That is about what I think “old dad” would say as well. If you are lucky the Dylan lyrics might be accompanied by disco moves.

    Needless to say, clerking for Judge Buzz was the…Best…job…ever…