Lawn mower man

When government needs cuts, one citizen takes responsibility literally

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There are a lot of bad examples emanating from Washington, D.C., right now. But Chris Cox’s example cuts a beautifully different path.

The Mt. Pleasant, S.C., native and resident of suburban Washington is the bearded man that this nation saw cutting the grass at the Lincoln Memorial this week.

Along with policing the grounds of various D.C. memorials, Cox decided to do some mowing and trimming in order to pitch in when the government shutdown prevented regular maintenance at the nation’s most revered and visited memorials.

The National Park Service ultimately had to tell him to stop, and we understand – we’re sure there are concerns about legal liability and so forth.

But amid the din of Washington’s juvenile arguing and blame-throwing, this man – proudly toting a South Carolina flag as he mowed – made the loudest, most inspiring statement of the shutdown.

This is what Americans do. They pitch in.

“That’s how we roll in S.C.!! Bless you sir!,” one commenter wrote on a South Carolina media Facebook page.

“Lawn mower man is the epitome of what it means to be a proud American!! Mow on!!,” wrote another.

We’re continually amazed that working every day in the shadow of those monuments doesn’t seem to infuse our elected leaders with more of a sense of humility and responsibility.

With any luck, the sight of lawn mower man should.

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myfather15
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myfather15 10/11/13 - 06:02 am
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I would LOVED to have seen

I would LOVED to have seen him continue to mow, after they told him to stop!! If he were arrested, millions would have rallied for him, including myself!! I would have donated to his legal fees as well.

Also, If he got arrested, I would have DEMANDED my right to a FULL jury trial!! I wouldn't have took a plea deal, even if they allowed me to plead guilty to illegal parking. I would have worked the system the way it's supposed to be worked!!!! When you're innocent, go all the way.

Dare the federal government to find 12 individual human beings who would convict him of trying to HELP, by mowing a lawn!!!

This is how insane our government has gotten, and I certainly do NOT mean just under Obama!! The federal government PERIOD!!! This is suppose to be a government OF THE PEOPLE, and FOR THE PEOPLE. Any you're going to tell me I can get arrested for trying to help maintain public property and make it look better? I simply can't put into words my disdain for a government who would tell a citizen he CAN'T help, because of federal regulation and concern over liability!!!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/11/13 - 07:56 am
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Yo quiero mi quinces. Sign him up. A FaceBook moment.
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Yo quiero mi quinces. Sign him up. A FaceBook moment.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/11/13 - 07:57 am
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I'll bet he doesn't move the side of the highway.
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I'll bet he doesn't move the side of the highway.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/11/13 - 07:58 am
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Rick Allen is doing his part by decorating roadways with signs.
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Illegally, but who cares. He is campaigning to be a law maker, not law abider.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 10/11/13 - 08:10 am
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"we’re sure there are

"we’re sure there are concerns about legal liability and so forth." There's your answer right there. Bring a waiver claiming all responsibility on yourself and go for it. This isn't just the federal government so don't blame them. In the reddest of red states of SC and GA you have liability laws as well. Go on the state Capitol grounds in Atlanta or Columbia with a lawnmower and see what kind of reception you'll get. I'm sure the kind, gentle GOP run state officials will welcome you with open arms, and run you off for fear of liability, or trespassing, or being a nuisance, unless of course they arrest you first.

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deestafford 10/11/13 - 08:37 am
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Bod is right about the liability law; however, it just goes to

show how ridiculous laws are when they go to far and take out common sense.

For some reason the city of Augusta has not been able to keep up its landscape maintenance as it has in the past. As a result many azalea beds have become clogged in weeds. This past weekend in a show of taking care of ourselves attitude, the residents of Park Ave. pitched in a cleared all the azaleas and shrubs in the medium of the half mile street of all vines and weeds. There were even some yellow jacket and wasps stings but that didn't stop the residents of taking care of things themselves.

David Parker
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David Parker 10/11/13 - 09:05 am
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weeds in azalea beds

It's not like we're the Garden City or anything. Why would landscape maintence be a concern? SMH

KasparHauser
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KasparHauser 10/11/13 - 11:22 am
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Typical 'Bagger Myopia
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And, if this man gets injured, sick, or has an accident involving others in pursuit of his 'goal', who pays??

Typically for the political extremist and religious fanatics in the 'Bagger Brotherhood, these important issues stemming from having to live in a mature society get pooh-poohed as inconsequential.

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Fiat_Lux 10/11/13 - 01:56 pm
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Regarding suing the government,

I don't think it's allowed.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 10/11/13 - 04:51 pm
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Politicians
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should be paid on commission. No draw, provide their own health insurance and be fired if they don't reach minimum standards. The democratic party has a lock on minimum standards.

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Darby 10/12/13 - 12:51 am
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"Bring a waiver claiming all responsibility on

yourself and go for it."

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Like that would have any impact on those "cause as much pain as possible" tyrants.

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