So, some folks were arrested back in 2008 for peacefully dancing at the Jefferson Memorial. This was followed up by a flash-mob dance this past Saturday to commemorate the arrest. Watch the video below and Reason.tv's accounting of the matter below the video.
One week ago, May 28, 2011, RT correspondent and former U.S. Corporal Adam Kokesh and four other participants began a flash mob-silent dance at the Jefferson Memorial to commemorate the arrest of Brooke Oberwetter for quietly dancing in the memorial on Jefferson's birthday in 2008. The park police responded by punching, body slamming, and arresting Kokesh and the others.
Today, June 4, Kokesh and Code Pink has initiated another flash dance this time pulling almost 100 more people through press coverage, Facebook, and word of mouth. The memorial was soon shut down before the event ended with the police slowly forcing everyone to leave. No arrests were made. Reason.tv’s Joshua Swain was there to report.
Color us torn. Except for the apparent police brutality part. We watched the video before reading the written account above and couldn't help but notice more than a whiff of frivolity and lameness about the whole thing which was confirmed when we read the words "Code Pink".
While we do appreciate the ungovernable spirit being displayed, we thought it somewhat inappropriate. If you've ever been to D.C., then you know of the grandeur and solemnity possessed of these monuments and know also how wonderful it is to wander around the, say, Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, reading the inscriptions on the walls and then reflecting on the meaning of the same... in peace without being disturbed by a bunch of hippie wanna-bes.
Then again, in the spirit of pursuing life, liberty and happiness... and Jefferson, perhaps this truly was a WWTJD moment.
What do you all think?