5484It's just a minor infringement on Liberty
- Mar 29, 2010I don't know if folks here think this is enough to help out,
but I'll give it a shot.
I go barefoot a lot (well, pretty much all the time). It's a myth
that driving barefoot is illegal; it's a myth that Health
Departments require shoes in stores or restaurants. Of course,
stores are free to set their own rules.
However, government ought to be something else. When a government
wants to ban bare feet, they say they are doing it to protect
us against our own folly, which is about as anti-liberty as you
can get. I should be the one who gets to decide what is best
for me, as long as it does not hurt others.
If you've been following the barefoot running craze, you'll know
that there are a bunch of recent studies showing that shoes
really don't do anything useful, and are probably more damaging
than going barefoot. Wearing shoes not only leads to bunions,
corns, hallux valgus, but it also increases stresses on the knees
and other body parts. And high heels are especially bad. And, I must
say, my feet and right knee really do hurt if I have to wear shoes
for any length of time. Barefoot, they're just fine.
I know folks worry about liability, but that is really a red herring.
First, bare feet are much stronger and safer than folks realize
(and if you wear shoes all the time, your feet get soft and useless).
That's leather on the bottoms there. It is actually pretty hard
to cut your foot (while skin can be sliced fairly easily, puncturing
it is quite difficult). I regularly deliberately step on glass
just to shock people. But, when it comes to liability, the area where
there are really lots of lawsuits is high heels. The heels get caught
in various surface imperfections. They lead to a whole lot of
sprained or broken ankles. But you never see anybody wanting to
ban high heels for liability reasons.
Anyways, back to the government, I've often gone to the Ohio Statehouse
barefoot. It's really kind of cool walking barefoot on their tiles,
and the stone steps. The map room is pretty neat, too. However, in June
I was stopped and harassed by the State Troopers outside Gov.
Strickland's office. They eventually had to let me go when they
discovered there was no rule prohibiting bare feet in the Statehouse.
Well, they are "fixing" that. They are going through the rulemaking
process to create a rule requiring shoes in the Statehouse. The nanny
state strikes again.
I'm trying to stop this intrusion on my liberty to decide what
is right for me. It would help if I could get letters to their
Executive Director and the Capitol Square Review and Advisory
Board. Here's a web page that describes what I would like folks
to do if they want to find out more and/or write letters:
I'd sure appreciate any help. (While the letter suggestions on
that page are geared more towards folks who prefer going barefoot,
I have no doubt you all will be able to stress the important
liberty aspects of it.)
Yes, it's a small liberty. But if the government has the power
to do this, it has the power to do just about anything. There
really are no limits.
" . . . and shun the Frumious Bandersnatch."
Robert A. Neinast
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