Civil Disobedience at the Barrycades: Old North Bridge Concord MA

On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set to-day a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Concord Hymm 1836

While all the TV Camera were on Washington Yesterday I took a drive to the Battle Road in Concord Mass. one of the most open National Parks in the Country

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I started at the Old North Bridge in Concord, when I got there I found a chain blocking the parking lot:

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and a Big padlock on the chain to make sure nobody took it off

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However while they could padlock and block the parking lot they couldn’t block the surrounding streets so I parked my car right in front of the chain and simply walked around it and headed for the bridge. I found that I wasn’t the only person with that idea:

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The Markers at the site were clearly visible

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When I got to the “American” side of the bridge (the side where the colonials attacked from) I shot this:

I spoke to a pair of gentlemen off camera, one from Texas & another from Utah who were not in the least phased by the chains blocking the parking lot. There were also an inordinate amount of cars parked on the road and several people approached the bridge from boats on the river.

Given that it was a monument to the men who could be considered the “original” tea party perhaps such defiance should not have been a surprise that people would be willing to defy The ONE™. They proved worthy successors to the Embattled Farmers who fired the shot heard ’round the world at that very spot. One of the gentlemen was kind enough to take a shot of me at the bridge:

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It’s a little dark but you can make out the hat, Doctor Who Scarf & camera so I’m sure it will be adequate evidence for trial.

After returning to my car which was untouched and untowed I traveled farther down battle road to Meriam’s corner on Route 2A where I found the parking lot even more heavily guarded:

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Since unlike at Concord Bridge it would have been easy to drive over the grass to reach the lot the threat of a tow was deployed, however that threat ignored the ample available parking on the side of the road.

I actually followed the path for a bit before heading back to the car as I had other errands to run. As I drove down the road I saw a park ranger car rush by with lights flashing. I followed it back to the Meriam House. It pulled over and the Ranger went to the door. A firetruck shortly arrived:

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The firemen entered the house with the ranger.

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and after he came out I spoke to him and then recorded this report

That perhaps justified to keeping of at least this one ranger on duty, whether it justified padlocks, chains and threats of towing, well that’s a totally different matter.

It seems apparent that chains, threats and padlocks not withstanding It remains clear that in the state where the very first tea party took place Americans are not going to obey. While the visitors to the Old North Bridge and the Battle Road likely do not have the gravitas of World War 2 vets in Wheelchairs it seems apparent that unless the park service is prepared to arrest and detain Americans in some quantity the most they are going to manage is to make their visits a little more difficult for political gain

And apparently as far as The ONE™ is concerned that IS an essential function of government.

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