Dancing at The Jefferson

        I heard on NPR that a group of people got arrested for dancing at the  Jefferson Memorial.   Given Thomas Jefferson was committed to “opposition to tyranny in all forms,” I found this quite a paradox.

        Even the most oppressive societies give in and allow dancing ’cause when they try to ban it people go and turn to something like sex.  You see where that got us.  

        I guess I just don’t understand, but it seems to me we have a whole of serious things to waste our money on before we get around to arresting people who dance.  They next thing you know they’re gonna be after the musicians, ’cause without us subversive rabble-rousers the masses tend to be more submissive to the will of the powerful.  Music makes people take up dancing and Lord knows where that might lead.

Dr. B

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12 Comments on “Dancing at The Jefferson”

  1. Oh, Dr. B, I heard this story. I’m sad for our country, I really am. When joy is legislated, what is next?

    I see some 50’s sci fi coming true.

  2. Julius Says:

    Dr. B,
    I love your stance on things. It can definitely, and should, be applied to so many other freedom’s being taken away. Short and sweet, some people in government need to re-read the constitution. Nontheless, there will always be some underground bluegrass being played somewhere!

    • drtombibey Says:

      Amen Julius,

      If they try to outlaw bluegrass there’s gonna be a serious revolt, and it might come sooner than that.

      Dr. B

  3. drtombibey Says:


    When folks are so hard-hearted they spin their web to try and figure out how to squash joy they must have some serious personal issues.

    As someone said, (was in in Mary Poppins?) “He’s just a mean old man who doesn’t have a mommy.”

    By golly, they’ll never capture Tommy Bibey.

    Dr. B

  4. Maybe they were arrested for lacking rhythm?

    Probably not …

    • drtombibey Says:


      They were likely arrested because they did have rhythm, and the authorities were jealous and fearful it might lead to more of our kind.

      Dr. B

  5. oldhamn Says:

    Uh oh, not the rebellious musician artsy types! We’ll be fine because without us the rhythm of life flatlines and the drive to live life becomes dull. You know just as well as I do that if a few of us get picked on, then we all stand up and start dancing. Cheers,


    • drtombibey Says:


      Ah yes my friend. Those of us with music (and dancing) in us can be restrained for a moment, but we will never be silenced for long.

      Yep, when artists get picked on the faithful close ranks regardless of genre.

      Dr. B

  6. Lucy Says:

    That’s ridiculous. It reminds me of a smaller-scale incident that happened in my hometown, when a black man dancing in a greenspace outside the market “scared” some woman who reported it to the owners/police who then tried to ban dancing on the green. A huge number of people showed up for a dance-in. Restricting dancing is so irksome, to me. I don’t see anything wrong with dance. It makes the world more beautiful, you know?

    Anyway, thank you for checking out/commenting on our blog earlier today! It’s great to have new readers : )

    • drtombibey Says:


      It does look like with all that is going on the government could find better ways to protect us than this, huh?

      Being over-run by too many dancers is not high on my list of fears.

      Thanks for your visit too. Artists unite!

      Dr. B

  7. Martin Waddell Says:

    Sadly, some religious people would like to see dancing and, for that matter, most kinds of music banned altogether. We’ve a particular kind of Presbyterianism here in Scotland which is like that – one of their ministers several years ago declared that going to a Runrig concert (Scottish Celtic rock group who were famous in the 90s – lead singer was, in fact, a devout Christian) was a “sin of the flesh”. Following a tradition in Scotland which led to people being urged to burn their harps, pipes and fiddles during 19th century religious revivals. What difference is there between that kind of attitude and the Taliban, who banned music, dancing, singing and even kite-flying when they were in power in Afghanistan?

    • drtombibey Says:


      We’ve been through similar phases over here, the most recent one being at the Jefferson Memorial.

      But I know for a fact that way up in the mountains the faithful still congregate for Scottish dancing festivals. We are country people, but we never forget to dance with who brung us.

      Dr. B

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