Friday, April 18, 2008

Land of the free?

You can watch video here of a DC area libertarian being arrested at the Jefferson Memorial for trying to peaceably celebrate Jefferson's birthday.

I always thought it was kind of symbolic that the Jefferson memorial is set rather off to the side and out of the way from the Lincoln Memorial and the giant Washington phallus/memorial, as if it were some necessary but unpleasant thing to have to honor him amidst the neoclassical and administrative monstronsities of official Washington.

This sort of over-zealousness by the park police is not unique. The Art Guys, who I was introduced to by my friend Nat Wilcox, got in trouble at the Statute of Liberty for wearing their special advertisement-covered suits, because, it turns out, advertising is not allowed at the Statue of Liberty.