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GUARD: Exit, exit, exit. Lady, I’m not going to tell you again.br> The camera then tracks away from as Talley has an exchange of his own with a guard, only to return, not quite a minute a later, to the site of Oberwetter being handcuffed against the columns, the statue of Jefferson looking down on the scene.
OBERWETTER: I’m just…what did we do?”
GUARD: Exit. Exit, now…
OBERWETTER: What rule are we breaking? It’s against the rules to dance?
GUARD: Yes it is. Read the sign inside the memorial. It says quiet.”
OBERWETTER: I’m standing here being very quiet.
GUARD: You’re dancing in here. That’s disorderly.
Skeptics are free to question what was said in that last minute, though witnesses reported the only additional question Oberwetter posed was “why?”
But assume the worst. Assume, upon being approached by an agent of the state and given a patently ludicrous instruction, she was less than perfectly respectful or cooperative, perhaps a bit irritable or even abusive. Ought that be grounds for arrest?
In 2008, apparently, it is. Citizens now routinely grant police the same broad latitude in the exercise of power normally reserved for baseball umpires. Walk on eggshells. Show utter submission. Don’t dare question any direct order. Anything less than that, and you could find yourself locked in a cell.
Jefferson himself observed, in his Preamble to a Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge, “experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”
Now, there’s a sentiment truly worthy of a memorial.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online