In the great State of Illinois, local politics are often more interesting than national politics. There is currently an amusing uproar in the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst. You can read an attorney's take on the situation here.
Apparently a female citizen was denied the right to speak at a city finance meeting, so she heaved a loud sigh and rolled her eyes before she sat down.
"Eye-rolling conveys a message, typically something like 'I believe that what you just said and/or did is utterly stupid and its stupidity went well beyond what I, as a reasonable human being, should be expected to bear.' (Actual content may vary.)"Now the council has authorized the city attorney to investigate adding eye-rolling to the definition of "disorderly conduct" at a government meeting. Yep, you just can't have public citizens at government meetings all roll their eyes at once; it might shake the poor politicians right out of their seats and distract their shallow minds from the important business at hand.
"Many are rightly concerned with the potential freedom-crushing power of the federal government, but let us not forget the evil that can be done by even the lowest of low-level officials wielding a mere city code. "The problem is there are various types of eye-rolling and most are combined with other body language, so regulating this behavior could get complicated and perhaps require the hiring of a new department head of Eye-Rolling Enforcement.
Here are my suggestions for the Eye-Rolling ordinance:
1. If the citizen simply rolls his eyes, there would be no charge brought against him. It's probably just an eye disorder.
2. If the citizen rolls his eyes and sighs with a breathy "Ohhhhhhh" and slumps in the chair, there would be no charge. The citizen is most likely simply exhausted from a long day of working to pay his taxes, which is commendable.
3. If the citizen rolls his eyes and sighs with a distinguishable "Umpfffffff!" and crosses his arms, there would be a chargeable offense. This indicates the citizen is unhappy with the powers that be and may publicly ask substantive questions that would require answers.
4. If the citizen rolls his eyes and sighs with a distinguishable "Hmmmmm," tilts his head to the side, purses his lips to one side, and puts one finger on his cheek, there would be charges. This indicates the citizen may be indulging in critical thinking and analysis . Logic and reason are forbidden at any government affair.
Caveat to officials: Regarding #2 -It should be noted that if the ordinance allows the release of audible air during a meeting without charging the culprit, the public may take advantage of the situation and release flatulent air as substitute for chargeable eye-rolling actions. In that case, it may be in the best interest of officials to form a Department of Funky Air to monitor emissions.
There is always a government solution for every problem.