Jefferson Memorial dance party: A victory for Kokesh, police and America

They came, they saw, they danced and -- amazingly -- no one was arrested. No one was choked. No one was slammed to the ground or struck in the face. 

Saturday at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C., protesters led by Russia Today show host Adam Kokesh (a former U.S. Marine and Iraq war vet) danced (rather poorly, I'll add) around the monument while police watched with no show of force. After letting the protesters dance for a significant amount of time, the officers closed the memorial and escorted protesters out peacefully -- without arrests or violence of any kind.  

The event has to be considered a victory for Kokesh, who last week was on the receiving end of some rough police treatment after he led protesters in a similar silent dance, but it was also a victory for the police, who showed they can peacefully work with a crowd without resorting to physical tactics.  

The activists were protesting a judge's ruling that banned dancing inside the memorial. 

"After everything else, after all the other violations of our freedom, after trashing the economy, after everybody who suffered in this country under the boot heel of the police state, it's come down to dancing," Kokesh said. "If that's the only freedom we have left, we're going to come and enjoy it." 

Kokesh's movement found support from a majority of this blog's readers last week in an unscientific poll, in which voters 2-1 said the police were wrong to arrest the protesters, but I was worried that things would get ugly again when they returned Saturday. I'm glad I was wrong. 

What happened was the best possible outcome: Kokesh and his protesters got to express their first-amendment rights and the police showed they could do their jobs effectively without roughing up people who present no threat of violence to them.  

This was a good day for America. 



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