Susan Collins is threatening to show up in a bikini. Josh Hawley is in jeans. But there’s a group of teenage Senate staffers whose dress code remains strict as ever.
If you want a visual for the trajectory of our nation & its leadership, look no further than John Fetterman. The poster child for mental illness wrapped in ego.
Firm believer that your dress isn’t so much a sign of pride as it is a sign of respect for your peers.
A tailored suit is the amalgamation of centuries of trial and error to prompt distinction and competence - two virtues the senate could use.
Sometimes tradition isn’t about conformity, sometimes it really is about the best way to do something (as noted in lessons from history)
Hilarious that we have leaders in flip flops and gym shorts. One step closer to an idiocracy.
“The idea that a QAnon Shaman would one day beat his shirtless chest on the dais of the chamber”
I still shudder every time I consider how close we were to having him be the Secretary of Defense, according to CNN.
I mean he almost overthrew the government but then Trump finally tweeted to stop and the homeless Minnesota Vikings mascot guy decided
“Okay fine I guess I won’t overthrow the government of the United States.”
They say Fetterman can’t wear a suit because he needs to be comfortable, otherwise he will be too depressed to function. First of all, getting ready and dressed for real makes one feel *better*, not worse. Second of all, I’m not convinced depression in and of itself is a “real” disability; it makes other disabilities and conditions worse, for sure, but why allow it to dictate other things such as wardrobe? I say this as a severely disabled person. Fetterman obviously has an acquired brain injury from his stroke, but why is he asking for “accommodations” on dress code that undermine his other needs (and which will indirectly make it harder for other disabled persons to have real needs met in the future)? Most don’t understand “disability” generally, and these kinds of things make the confusion even worse.
John Fetterman shares with Karl Marx a profound laziness which he no doubt rationalizes somehow, but which amounts to a lack of self respect. I'm pretty sure he smells bad too, also like Marx.
And what WAS there to respect, even before he became a vegetable, unable to speak coherently? He's a Doritos eating couch potato, who happens to think playing politics is like playing Dungeons and Dragons, and who thinks he has a real spell which will magically fix something, despite his lack of understanding and efforft.
As I seem to be saying daily, our real problem is simply a pervasive childishness that keeps getting worse as we indulge it. How do you teach kids to deal with a life that is hard if every rule is made to be broken, and if you allow them to break them the moment their little hearts feel the slightest whiff of anxiety? Are we not breeding neurotic, emotionally demanding, and latently violent little shits who will spit on and destroy everything that has value, then wonder why their lives have no meaning?
“Now, if Amy Klobuchar wants to show up in a tube top”
It’s too early for this type of violence, Suzy.
Since Fetterman's fitness for the job is in question, why not test that even further by allowing him to come to work looking like a mental health patient?
Relaxing dress codes has long been a concern of mine. Back in the day, I hated ironing the white shirt uniform I waited tables in; the managers' scrutiny (I loved ironing, but could not get those shirts ironed well enough), or at times even being told when job-seeking that my look wasn't -- whatever enough.
But things really have gone way too far. At the university where I work, I've seen female professors walking around half naked. Female teachers in yoga pants that enhance their pudendum. Yes, I can't help gawking at it, even though I'm female, that's where my eyes go and so do yours. I've long wondered why corporate dress for men is as chaste as it comes, but for women there appears to be a cleavage requirement.
(Are women heaving their cleavage because men "oppress" them into doing it? Inquiring minds want to know. All I know is, I don't want to be forced to look at it.)
And countless times over the years, female students come to class in outfits that distract the males, while being taught in their Women's Studies class upstairs that it's all a "social construct" that waving their butt cheeks in men's faces drives them to distraction. One summer I had a Venezuelan male student who came to class in dress shirts and blazers, sitting beside a female with her butt and tits literally hanging out -- this made ME uncomfortable -- never mind this poor guy blushing and turning away and never mind memorizing conditionals.
Frankly, I miss seeing people respectfully dressed wherever I went. We've lost our pride and it shows.
What's most important about dress codes is that those who don't have common sense and common decency will look respectable. I would love to do a coffee table book of photos of some of the "fashion" in Bed-Stuy -- mothers in second skin jumpsuits, huge heaving ass cheeks on display. It's hideous, just hideous. Pushing strollers, yanking kids down the block, looking, literally, like prostitutes.
The other day, arriving at the college, another male professor was coming toward me in a tie-dyed T-shirt, baggy shorts, and worn-out athletic shoes with filthy looking socks. He looked like a CLOWN. I couldn't withhold a joke about Grateful Dead concerts, which was utterly lost on him. He's in his forties and dresses like a teenager. AT WORK. For a position that ought to command some modicum of dignity and respect.
All this does have an effect on us. It's gas lighting to insist it doesn't.
Fetterman should actually be required to wear overalls and a straw hat.
Whoever is sitting next to Boebert should be allowed to wear sweatpants for strategic reasons.
All of the Republicans should wear KKK outfits just so we can watch how the media coverage of Republicans with them wearing KKK outfits is the exact same as the coverage now with them in suits occasionally suggesting we should dial back the communism.
“I remember clearly when Rhode Island’s Sheldon Whitehouse pointed to his black slip-on Puma sneakers and eagerly informed another lawmaker, “These are only ninety-nine dollars”
The best part is that he’s not allowed to wear those shoes at the WHITES ONLY yacht club he is a member of.
I hated my last job before retiring and one of the ways I survived was to put my best foot forward and not by wearing rubber flip flops. I wore skirts, dresses and planned what I was wearing the night before. Taking pride in the way I dressed enabled me to overcome many of the obstacles I faced in the workplace.
Our country is suffering and to see a senator dressed like he's heading to the basketball courts is an insult to the millions who are setting aside their personal problems by going to work, keeping their homes clean, tending to the needs of their families and being stewards to the areas in which they live. If John Fetterman can't do what we as citizens do every day, he should step down.
This isn't about a dress code. It is a distraction from the real problem.
If an employee with a bona fide disability requires a reasonable accommodation to perform the essential requirements of his or her job, an employer would permit it.
Most (Democrats and the media excluded) would agree that Fetterman has a series of health issues, including a stroke, clinical depression, and significant communicative problems that would qualify as a disability. The real issue is that there is a serious question about Fetterman's ability to do his job. If his job is to do anything other than vote along Democratic party lines, that is.
It doesn't matter what clothes he wears.
John Fetterman looks exactly like the cavemen from The Far Side.
So, let me get his straight: The countries "leaders" have decided to stop dressing PROFESSIONALLY to work. Yet, we still trust them to act professionally in their actions?
No one else seeing the decline (or destruction) of the country here?
Or is it just me...?
Well, a lot of these politicians don’t seem to take their job seriously, so why shouldn’t they show up to work looking like a bag of ass?
I'm not going to pretend that I really care about a "loosening" of the rules. Almost every professional workplace has transitioned to business casual over the last 10-20 years. But there is a massive difference between looking and dressing professional, and what Fetterman is doing.
Furthermore, I think Schumer's call just perfectly encapsulates what the Democratic Party is now about. It isn't just advocating for the vulnerable or minority. They need to capitulate to the most extreme examples , no matter what the issue is. If Fetterman doesn't want to wear a suit, fine - there are any number of ways he could dress and still look professional. But to pretend that it's ok to dress like a total slob and it has no impact on how our leaders are perceived, not just here and around the world, is absurd
I think rather than Mary Poppins, she looks more like Effie Trinket from THE HUNGER GAMES movie.