Monday, May 30, 2011

Repression At The Jefferson Memorial


DWT has been doing a series on fascism. I want you to take a look at this video at the Jefferson Memorial. Recall that the Texas Board of Education, a strange amalgam of corporate puppets and religious fanatics, has taken Jefferson out of the state's text books and curriculum. Although I don't know of any specific Jefferson quotes about dancing, these are the kinds of things he said that annoy fascists:

"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty."

"In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty."

"Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor."

"I hope we shall take warning from the example of England and crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our Government to trial, and bid defiance to the laws of our country."

"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it."

"No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another, and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him."

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."

"Taste cannot be controlled by law."

"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock."

"I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind."

"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies."

"It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God."

"Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains."

War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses."

"Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear."

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."



At 8:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Notice the cops did not read them their rights.

Didn't take long, did it!

Also, the cops decide who and what is demonstrating. Kissing your mate is demonstrating?

At 10:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suppose that freedom of religion might be invoked:

Simple Gifts

'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,

'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

When true simplicity is gain'd,

To bow and bend we shan't be asham'd,

To turn, turn will be our delight,

Till by turning, turning we come 'round right.

Several Shaker manuscripts indicate that this is a "Dancing Song" or a "Quick Dance." The references to "turning" in the last two lines have been identified as dance instructions.

From Wikipedia


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