Green paint splattered on the Lincoln Memorial
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Park Police in Washington say the Lincoln Memorial has been temporarily closed after someone splattered a splash of green paint on the statue.
Police say the apparent vandalism was discovered around 1:30 a.m. Friday on the statue, the pedestal and the floor. No words, letters or symbols were visible in the paint.So, basically, all we have is that someone threw green paint on the Lincoln memorial. No motives, no statement, no nothing; just a raw act of vandalism against one of the most enduring monuments in DC. Was this a white supremacist showing their displeasure with the man who signed the Emancipation Proclamation? A Tea Party activist upset about state's rights? One of the OWS crowd out to upset folks by bespoiling a national monument? Spoiled kids out for a larf?
You could, quite literally, spend all day coming up with conspiracy theories and potential suspects.
All we know, for now, is that someone has defaced one of our national symbols. It's on the freakin' penny, for crying out loud, and some dimwit thought it would be a good idea to temporarily deface it. This has upset a good friend of mine. I don't like it when people upset my friends. If it's a statement you wanted to make, you chose a really poor method of saying it, because whatever it was you intended is lost in the fact that you threw paint on the damn Lincoln Memorial. Your message, whatever it was, is immensely overshadowed by the sheer dickery of how you presented it.
And before folks start in with the conspiracy theories (and they already have) - no, this isn't some shadowy Eric Holder plot to clamp down on the First Amendment or whatever crackpot idea you have rattling around in your tinfoil covered brain. In case you missed it, they've already taken a huge steaming crap on the Constitution and the First Amendment, and no one seemed to care. There's no way on G-d's green earth they're going to overplay their hand and do something this horribly blatant. Again, the reaction is swift, furious, and universal - no one wants to see the Lincoln Memorial closed because some idiot threw paint on it.
It's a pretty sad statement that the best we can hope for is that this is just some stupid college kid prank - that our best case scenario is simple vandalism for vandalism's sake rather than some imbecile trying to foment something...
That is all.