(Video) Students Told to Stop Singing National Anthem at Lincoln Memorial in D.C.

by the Left Coast Rebel

Proof :

Singing the National Anthem at the Lincoln Memorial should produce goose bumps, not goose steps.


Call it perhaps a toxic mixture of George Orwell's 1984, free speech suppression, nanny-state-lunatic laws and the general failure of our nation to uphold our founding principals.

Who would have even thought that it would be illegal to sing the National Anthem at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.? Our nation has far exceeded the level of tyranny that our forefathers fled from. King George had nothing on the liberty-crushing, Leviathan nanny-state that we have inherited. Why didn't officials take it just one step further and smash the cameras that taped the illegal national anthem event too?

Fox News reports:

A group of high school students attending a conservative leadership conference
in Washington, D.C. said they were ordered by a security guard to stop singing the national anthem during a June 25 visit to the Lincoln Memorial.

U.S. Park Police confirmed that the students were in violation of federal law and their impromptu performance constituted a demonstration in an area that must remain “completely content neutral.”

The incident occurred on June 25 as students were taking a monument tour of the nation’s capital. The decision to sing the national anthem at the memorial was a spur of the moment event, according to Shawn Balcomb, of Richmond Hill, GA.

There is hope for our nation though, God bless these students for engaging in 'civil disobedience':
....the students would have been in compliance had they moved approximately 25 steps from where they were standing.

“It’s not the content of their activity – that being the national anthem – it’s the location,” he said. “A couple steps and it would have been no problem whatsoever.”

Instead of doing as they were instructed, Gassman said the students resumed the song – an impromptu form of civil disobedience.

God help us.

Updated: Reader Prolife7193 writes:

I was one of the students at the conference, and all we wanted to do was show respect for our country. Seeing as it was the anniversary of the Korean war, we thought it would be a great way to honor the men and women who fought in "The Forgotten War". It's an American monument: as far as I'm concerned, the national anthem is as content nuetral as the monument itself.
And by the way, if there were signs instructing visitors to remain quiet, they were not very clear--in all the two hours we were there I didn't see any signs that instructed us to do so. If they were there, they were not easily visible for people who have never been to the monument before.

10 comments:

  1. I understand signs are posted for quiet at the Lincoln Memorial. Why is the right so outraged all of a sudden, those signs were not put there by President Obama like you wish you could report. The kids were wrong and the adults there were wrong to allow them to disobey rules. Get off your high horse and stop acting like big shots who are so patriotic that rules can be overlooked! It's all so stupid and just something for FOX to get the righties riled up over... sheeeesh

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  2. Rebel, I have to apologize for Sue. I have tried my best to keep all my ex-wives from posting their opinions on your site.

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  3. BTW... All of Washinton DC has become “completely content neutral.”

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  4. I do believe they were being ungovernable.


    Sue, while I won't deny there is some delicious red meat being served up, the prudent thing for the officer to do would've been to just let them sing and be done with it. It was the National Anthem, for cryin' out loud.

    Would've loved to see this guy shut down Mr. Luther King's "I have a dream" speech at the very same location.

    Juat a tad of "content" there.

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  5. Content Neutral? Why not order everyone castrated or spayed and be done with it.

    1984 is a good reference.

    It's time to tell people who are offended by something to look away, move away and stfu.

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  6. Sorry, the rule may very well be stupid, but it is a rule. The park police have a zero tolerance policy. The signs are very clear.

    Should the rule be changed, probably. But until it is, the police followed the rules.

    I go to the Lincoln Memorial all the time, as it is my favorite spot in the city. I find it very calming. If you are talking too loudly the police will come and tell you to be quiet or leave.

    All the they had to do was walk down to the bottom of the steps and they could sing whatever they wanted and it would have been fine.

    I am a rule person. If there is a rule, you need to follow it even when it is dumb.

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  7. Nickie Goomba, All of Washinton DC has become “completely content neutral"... Isn't the White house in DC?

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  8. thank you conservative girl, I know WE are right on this. All it is is a FOX story to show up "christians" as the "patriots", It's all so stupid!

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  9. I was one of the students at the conference, and all we wanted to do was show respect for our country. Seeing as it was the anniversary of the Korean war, we thought it would be a great way to honor the men and women who fought in "The Forgotten War". It's an American monument: as far as I'm concerned, the national anthem is as content nuetral as the monument itself.
    And by the way, if there were signs instructing visitors to remain quiet, they were not very clear--in all the two hours we were there I didn't see any signs that instructed us to do so. If they were there, they were not easily visible for people who have never been to the monument before.

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  10. I think that an exception to the 'rule' in this case is warranted since we are talking about the National Anthem.

    Clay Boggess
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