Student activism is not dead

The Washington Post and Times may not have picked up the story quite yet, but it already is starting to make the rounds of college newspapers. The Arizona Daily Wildcat offers this today:

Fighting for the right to dance, a la “Footloose,” may seem a bit anachronistic in a world of Lil Jon and Flo Rida. Yet this weekend, the “dance warriors” struck again. The United States Park Police, the federal agency responsible for protecting U.S. parks and national monuments, broke up a group of 20 dancers who celebrated the birthday of Thomas Jefferson by dancing quietly in front of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial to the music in their iPod headphones (as libertarian pranksters are wont). While the silent nature of the dance was done in order to avoid any potential disturbances, the police nevertheless ended up arresting one of the silent dancers. This comes as Arizona’s own Pinal County continues to maintain a ban on dancing. Yet it’s useful to remember that rights we take for granted, from dancing to habeus corpus, are constantly under siege. It is fitting, then, that it is Thomas Jefferson who is attributed with the important lesson of this story: “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.”

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