Arrest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Men, even when alone, lighten their labors by song, however rude it may be.

Protest is one thing. Song is another

Taking measures to quiet any group of people when singing, strikes at heart strings as a sacrilege against all that is human. The police can be sent in with shields and gas to stop the protest, the march, the occupation and find many sympathizers, but this is not true of a protest arising out of people joined in song.

Who can sympathize with the Grinch as he complains:

Sing, sing sing sing now I’ll never get no sleep
I’m screaming out the window but it don’t do no good
They sing and sing and sing
All through the neighborhood, sing sing sing

They take their little break and then
They do it all again

Now we have a Governor Grinch whose whose dread of song can be best described in the words of Dr. Seuss, in 3 words “Stink, Stank, Stonk”!

Every weekday,for nearly two years, as the clock strikes noon, dozens of demonstrators pass out songbooks inside the Wisconsin Capitol. Office workers who know what’s coming scramble to close their doors, and several police officers take up watch from a distance.Huffington Post

102 citations have been issued since new Capitol Police Chief, former Marine and body guard to GovernEr Scott Walker, David Erwin took over. These citations are “valued” at $200.50 and up. The total charged against singers is now more than $24,000!

There is a power and spirit in song that sustains the human spirit with an eternal foundation more enduring than the earth itself.

David Erwin has embarked on a mission impossible. He has cast himself in a role that has been the doom of many a predecessor as fantastical as the Grinch who stole Christmas and historically psychotic as Stalin and Hitler. Yet, out of ignorance or a self righteous zeal for power and purpose this mere mortal has taken aim at the power of angels and stands on the ashes of those villains of history who have failed in the silencing of song.

David is the new chief of the Wisconsin Capitol Police who is already shuffling along trying to fill the huge shoes of Chief Tubbs. He is bringing a new approach to law enforcement in the Capitol which includes striking a harsh E flat Major in the silencing of song.


I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
– Leonard Cohen

Chief David Erwin (pictured above) is not the David who played but seems to be a David who really doesn’t care for music, or singing in the Capitol Rotunda. What is it about song that raises the hackles of Chief David? The answer is simple and goes back to the birth of song itself – song flies on the wings of angels and cannot be clubbed or cuffed into submission. Song is the maker of fools and leaves those who attempt to subdue it, as ridiculous as the boy who would attempt to collect the ocean in his little plastic pail.

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Need a little motivational push?

You are contributing to the same spirit of song that has endured in Estonia’s long fight for independence. The Estonian people endured with a revolution filled with smiles and song.

In their own way and in their own time, and using their voices alone, the people of Estonia fought for their independence. Estonian activist Heinz Valk called it “the Singing Revolution.” He says of that time, “Until now, revolutions have been filled with destruction, burning, killing and hate, but we started our revolution with a smile and a song.”

When their capitol was secure, activist Marju Lauristin stood out on the balcony of the building and thanked the people. “We were sure that if you came to help us that you would do it in the way you did. With your intelligence, your songs, your heart. That is when we are at our strongest. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.” And the people of Estonia raised their clasped hands to the sky above, and sang.

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