I saw this clip floating around over the weekend, but didn't watch it. There was just too much to think about: Free Speech, Dumb and Useless Dancing Which Technically Is Speech, and Potential Police Over-Reaction all happening right under the marble nose of a Founding Father on Memorial Day Weekend. It was just so, well, American.
But you knew there had to be a back story: The hippies were protesting an appellate ruling upholding the cops' right to prevent silent dancing without a permit at the Jefferson Memorial in order to celebrate Jefferson's birthday. Of course, now we need another court case: Do the cops have the right to prevent silent dancing at the Jefferson Memorial when that dancing is to protest instead of celebrate. And I'm only half joking.
Cue: Little pink houses for you an me.
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