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Shaun Patrick ORourke
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05:38 PM on 05/31/2011
If you really want to do something about this instead of ranting and raving online. Then call the Chief of the US Park Police (202) 619-7350

We should all flood the phone lines.
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cherokee1934
08:00 PM on 05/31/2011
Your comment makes more sense than all of the others put together.
12:20 AM on 06/01/2011
Thanks, I think I will.
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Kald
05:37 PM on 05/31/2011
WOw... this is unbelievably pathetic.
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05:24 PM on 05/31/2011
this seems appropriate.. :)

http://youtu.be/WHpbd3zhWhA

Paul Macartney ~ Dance Everybody
MarkJudiGoet
Diogenes was an optimist
05:23 PM on 05/31/2011
As a veteran, I'm outraged. As an American, I'm outraged. As a human being, I'm outraged. I think everyone who has a friend, family member or aquaintance in the military should send a copy of this abomination to them to show them what our government and law enforcement think about the sacrifices they're making for the protection of our "FREEDOM" . "In a land that's known as freedom how can such a thing be fair?"
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Fodder-wing
Perspective is everything.....
05:37 PM on 05/31/2011
Kind of flies in the face of Reagan's "America is a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere" belief.

Your articulation and sentiments are grand! Jefferson would have been proud(just my opinion).
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cherokee1934
05:55 PM on 05/31/2011
As a Veteran and a American I agree with what you are trying to say here. But I am an old Veteran and when I was young no one would have dared do what these young people did. I am for freedom of many kinds. I wonder if any of these people have ever thought about giving their time to our Country as you and I did? Or if they are just a bunch of people that just want to do something for the sake of doing whatever.

It is going to be interesting as to how a higher court will rule on this matter. If in fact a higher court will hear and appeal.!
07:39 PM on 05/31/2011
There was at least one veteran that was arrested, Adam Kokesh, is an ex-Marine.
MarkJudiGoet
Diogenes was an optimist
11:21 PM on 05/31/2011
My father used to say "I may disagree with what you say, but I will fight to my dying breath to protect your right to say it." I don't particularly care for their form of protest but I believe we all must try our best to protect their right to. "The only thing that tyranny needs to triumph is for good men to do nothing."
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Fodder-wing
Perspective is everything.....
05:15 PM on 05/31/2011
"Ms. Oberwetter sued on free speech grounds, arguing that Americans are free to creatively celebrate political figures in locations of national significance. She also alleged the arresting officer had no probable cause and used excessive force.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia spent 17 pages explaining why she was wrong. The court, in an opinion by Judge Thomas Griffith, said memorials are places for tranquil contemplation, not spectacle."

Sounds like Judge Griffith is Catholic or Episcopalian, preferring solemnity and ritual in the church service. However, he needs to be aware that others, Baptists and Evangelicals, for example, prefer a lively body-motion and shouting form of worship. He should be aware that we-the-people have these same rights especially within public monuments. I worship Jefferson in my way, with reverence; but happily, as he would have, approve of those around me(with headphones) performing their little dance to music.

The decision of the US District Court of Appeals is wrong; I believe it will be reversed. So much of what we stand for is at stake.
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cherokee1934
05:44 PM on 05/31/2011
You have made some very good observations on this matter. Even though I think that these young people should not have done what they did, I also know that we don't always get out way every time. I think that you may very well be right about the case being reversed.
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Fodder-wing
Perspective is everything.....
06:09 PM on 05/31/2011
Frankly, I would have been annoyed, had I been there, if the "protesters" were shouting and banging tambourines as is the case in some churches I mention. The churches are composed of like-worshiping people in the main. And the memorials are not. They were as respectful as possible, while ensuring the arrests, which was the objective.

Your point that they intentionally broke the law is well taken. Thankfully, their antics were harmless to others and did not lead to a Kent State type response from the government. Maybe the ACLU or the like will get involved and result will be a repeal later.

But, picking battles and law breaking are delicate businesses for certain, even in the name of standing for freedom.
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madgrrl
05:07 PM on 05/31/2011
Nobody puts Baby in the corner!
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bigkay
05:01 PM on 05/31/2011
Wonder if the people in Egypt, Tunisia, had a permit to protest?
The U.S.A. preaches democracy, free speech, human rights, and has the highest incarceration rate in the world.
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RadicalAmerica
(I) Common sense for the common man
04:57 PM on 05/31/2011
Are you fkg kidding me?
04:44 PM on 05/31/2011
How dare they interrupt my worship of Jefferson with such lousy dancing....lol [sarcasm of course].
04:41 PM on 05/31/2011
"You're not allowed to video record in here....if you continue to record in here you will be arrested"...WTF??? When did it become illegal to video record or photograph the hallowed words incribed in stone? Did I miss something or are Jeffersons words top secret?
04:35 PM on 05/31/2011
Reflection at the memorials? Funny, the supreme court didn't have a problem with protesters yelling obscenities at families trying to bury their dead soldiers--but let's not create a scene in D.C.
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Diagoras
07:38 PM on 05/31/2011
bebarchick, Well keep in mind that this was only a panel of an appeals court, not the Supreme Court. The next step would be to ask for an en banc hearing of the whole DC Appeals Court. Then if that doesn't work, it can be taken to the US Supreme Court. I suspect if it gets to the Supreme Court, the decision will be overturned. One would hope, anyway.
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yukonsam
This space reserved for self-referential irony.
03:51 PM on 05/31/2011
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

We don't need no stinkin' permit.

But by all means, keep your knee on the neck of that dancer. You never know when he might decide to do a grande jete.
05:46 AM on 06/01/2011
BEST ANSWER EVER!!!!!! LOL!!!!! Thiswhole thing stinks...Freedom of expression vs. Solemn respect...hogways....if i wanna dance I WILL DANCE and damned be anyone who thinks I'm an idiot for doing so...NO ONE was being "disrespectufl" it was just a bunch of bored "lawmakers" with huge sticks shoved up their XXXXXX's (see? i censored myself!!!). Stodgy vs fun...(Im still cracking up over that Grande Jete comment...HAHAHHA)
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Christopher Hull
Democratic Socialist
03:46 PM on 05/31/2011
While I find public demonstrations annoying I also believe that people have the right of free speech and free expression. That is the price of living in a free society. To somehow elevate the Jefferson Memorial to some "sacred" state goes against everything Jefferson would have believed in.
Why don't these same cops go and arrest GW/Cheney/Obama/Blankfein/etc? Those guys are the ones who have broken the "higher law" our country was supposed to stand for.
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cherokee1934
03:59 PM on 05/31/2011
Your mention of the: "Democratic Socialist" says it all.
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UnderTheHedgeWeGo
Show me some evidence.
04:01 PM on 05/31/2011
Is that some sort of Right Wing code cus' it doesn't make any sense to me?
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Willow712
democratic socialst
03:27 PM on 06/01/2011
Did you disagree with his comment? He said "people have the right of free speech and free expression. That is the price of living in a free society." Ever read the Constitution and its Amendments?

signed: a Democratic Socialist nurse
05:16 PM on 06/01/2011
Exactly! F
03:27 PM on 05/31/2011
These idiots are almost as bad as the critical mass morons.
A shame the officers were so polite and respectful, they should have cracked some skulls.
03:03 PM on 05/31/2011
These people put on the lamiest protest I have ever seen. If that is the best and most people they could gather they needed to be arrested..!!
06:05 PM on 05/31/2011
Seriously!. Why can't they be all unruly, shouting expletives and leaving loaded guns at the site as a "warning" like real Americans ?!
11:27 AM on 06/01/2011
Whether you think their protest was lame or not, is immaterial. The fact is, they got their point across and in the news, ergo, their protest was successful.I have a real problem with those that say it was inappropriate, because people go there for solemn reflection. Says who?? As a government memorial, it is OUR memorial! No one has the right to tell us how we can act there, as long as we aren't hurting anyone. Is no one offended that Palin is using our national monuments to spew hatred, division and racism, all the time filling her pockets? THAT should be illegal!