Speaking of Flipping Off Citizens..
I recall a State Senator telling a group I was in about a close call he had a few years ago. Being in the oil and gas business his company was hosting a group of foreign buyers in Oklahoma. They wanted to party so he took them to a strip club in SE Oklahoma City for some fun. To his alarm his foreign guests got a bit out of control when the table dancing started. What, he thought, would he do if the police arrived? What if he was arrested? He was particularly concerned about any publicity because he was the same Senator that had recently introduced anti-strip club legislation at the request of a Baptist group. He explained that he had not expected, or wanted, the bill to pass - but it did.
That's how we get the laws we do. And that's the kind of people that write them.