A man comes down to the National Mall with a push mower and a leaf blower and starts cleaning up the memorial grounds. Of course he needed to be stopped, as there’s not a bigger threat to the state than people taking it upon themselves to step in and clean up the mall during a government shut down.
“He said the police chased him away, but it was too late. He said he had already been tidying up around the memorial and the Reflecting Pool for the past few days, because nobody else is.”
I’m surprised the WaPo covered the story at all, but at least they stuck it in the “local” section.
Even worse than allowing him to mow would be allowing his arrest to be photographed. The NPS is being forced to walk a very fine line here. They know as designated “essential personnel”, their number one goal is to deny our national treasures to the masses, yet they’re probably under strict orders not to create a scandal by arresting any veterans groups or non-violent protesters.
The NPS had to stop the non-protest, because what would happen if he had 25 copycats the next day? What if coverage of that story meant they had several hundred ordinary people cleaning up and getting ready for the Million Vet March on Oct 13, 2013? *
“I want to encourage my friends and fellow Americans to go to their parks and show up with a trash bag and a rake,” he said. “Show up with a good attitude and firm handshake for the U.S. Park Service.”
After all, if there was a huge government shutdown, who would mow the lawns?
(more on Christopher Cox)
*(link to google news, expect faster-than-normal “link-rot”)