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“Get it up, hey!

“Get your pants off the ground,

“Lookin’ like a fool,

“Walkin’ talkin’ with your pants on the ground.

“Get it up, hey!

“Get your pants off the ground,

“Lookin’ like a fool with your pants on the ground!”

Mr. Platt, an e-sensation, says he was inspired to write the song after the chickens came home to roost - that is, he felt offended, as a foot soldier of the civil rights movement, to see a young man holding a young child in his arms while his pants were on the ground.

Mr. Platt is no spring chicken like today’s “Idol” contestants; he is in his early 60s, but he is as serious as others of his generation who want youths and young adults to lift up their pants.

The message and the music are permeating the entertainment industry. Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, famous for his Wrangler endorsements, led his teammates in a post-game locker-room chant of the song. Late-night talker Jimmy Fallon performed a country version on his show. And stories about Mr. Platt are rounding the globe.

So, folks, it is time. It’s time to be “old-fashioned” and demand that boys and men wear pants that fit. Principals, teachers and coaches should carry rope and scissors and take care of business themselves if parents won’t. Male and female clergy should raise their voices.

Look at it this way: The government’s plans for health care reform, immigration reform, education reform - on top of last year’s $787 billion stimulus package, which was on top of the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 - have left Uncle Sam rummaging thrift stores in search of larger trousers.

Now imagine this: Uncle Sam coddling the next generation (laden with debt) with one hand and holding up sagging drawers with the other.

Don’t ask the government. We don’t need no stinking government to tell our boys and young men to straighten up, buckle up and fly right. Or, as Mr. Platt says, “Get your pants off the ground.”

Deborah Simmons can be reached at