“I do not like the government or any other entity, just ask my wife, telling me what to do,” Akers began, taking his jacket off. “At work, they make me wear this jacket. I hate it. They make me wear this shirt and tie. I hate it.”
First, the jacket, then the shirt and tie, and of course, because anything worth doing is worth doing right, his undershirt came off as well.
“On the way over here, I ran three stop signs and four red lights,” he continued. “I almost killed somebody out there, but by God, they’re my roads too. So I have every right to drive as fast as I want to, make the turns that I want to. I got over here to the school today, and the parking lot was full, and I decided I was going to park wherever the hell I wanted to — which, in this case, happened to be a handicap [spot].”
And then, you guessed it, he took his pants off.
“It’s simple protocol, people,” Akers said as officers began approaching him. “We follow certain rules for a very good reason.”
It is here that I’d like to pause your regularly scheduled news report/commentary/rant and remind the reader of a quote by Mark Twain who wisely said:
“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”
To my knowledge Twain was not at last week’s Dripping Springs school board meeting, but he did have a great point. It was after Akers was almost to the point of scaring the attendees for good that Board of Trustees President Barbara Stroud ended Akers’ minute-and-a-half ran by noting, “I believe you’re a swimmer but if you wouldn’t mind putting your pants back on for a comment that would be appreciated.”
Another note (because I don’t know how to make segues for an article like this), according to a report in the Independent Journal Review, a spokesman for the Dripping Springs Independent School District told People magazine that Akers appeared to be wearing a swimsuit at the time of his demonstration. Which could indicate that the strip (can I say tease?) was actually planned from the outset.
I could say more. Debate about mask efficiency, schools that have or haven’t followed the governor’s orders, etc etc, but you can switch to any news station and hear that. The visual I’d like to leave you with is a statement from The Western Journal’s C. Douglass Golden who weighed in saying that he didn’t object to the demonstration:
“As far as I’m concerned, if middle-aged bald men with a yen for the nanny state to step in and do their bidding want to strip to their underwear during local government meetings, I’m an ardent proponent of this. They can show up in their swim trunks (with a snorkel and goggles), for all it matters. Why should anyone else have to make the argument they’re not rational when they can make it themselves, after all?”
I mean … he’s not wrong.