Filed under: History, Economy, Media Bias, Military, Freedom, Democrat Corruption, Taxes | Tags: Closing Monuments, Squeezing the Public, Playing a Nasty Game
The monuments and memorials on the Mall in Washington D.C. are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, rain or shine. Except when President Barack Obama has shut them all down to show how awful the Republicans are for shutting down the government and refusing to pay our debts. Except the Republicans did not shut down the government. They have passed several bills fully funding the government, which the Senate turned down.
Stung by headlines from all over the world describing the U.S. president as “weak,”
“indecisive” and other terms equally abusive, Mr. Obama is anxious to show how strong he can be when faced with his own recalcitrant Congress. “I won’t Negotiate” he has proclaimed, over and over,once again failing to recall that there are three coequal branches of government and the executive is just one of them, and the Constitutional duty of the House is to control the budget from overspending executives. He even invited the Republicans up to the White House to tell them in person that “I won’t Negotiate!” This is a very angry president.
He will show them. He has barricaded all the open-air monuments on the Mall. Honor Flight veterans of World War II, on all-expense-paid visits to see the memorial erected in their honor, were fenced out by newly erected barricades. 90 year-old veterans who once stormed the beaches of Normandy and the shores of Iwo Jima know a thing or two about storming barriers. The Honor Flight from Mississippi was assisted by a bunch of Republican House members. Some of the vets returned home triumphantly waving yellow police barricade tape, as they once waved captured Nazi and Japanese flags.
No 90-year-old veteran in a wheelchair is going to get the best of Barack Obama!. Today he has ordered the barricades wired together. Such a small, petty man. These men have one chance to make this trip to see the memorial that honors their terrible sacrifice and all of the friends they lost.
This is the memorial for the veterans of World War I. Only a single barricade panel to symbolically keep out the ghosts of all the dead veterans. Their memorial has outlived them, and who even remembers Cambrai or Passchendaele anyway?
Overreach, as usual. The federal government tried to shut down Mount Vernon, but discovered to their consternation that it is privately owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. So they barricaded the parking lot. The parking lots are jointly owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies.
“It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.” I hope that ranger cannot be identified, or he’ll get audited or even fired.
Mt. Vernon is not alone, the National Park Service, under orders to close everything down, is trying to close all sorts of privately owned facilities in, or connected to parks. The Pisgah Inn a private hotel that holds a concession on the Blue Ridge Parkway has defied intimidation and a Park Service order to close its doors. Inn owner Bruce O’Connell said today that he had reopened his doors for customers, since he is private property and uses no government personnel. “I’m questioning their authority to shut me.” Mr. O’Connell said.
Other private businesses that run concessions have been closed like City Tavern in Philadelphia and the Nauset Knoll Motor Lodge on Cape Cod. The chief spokesman for the Park Service says they have no choice but to shut down concessions. “…without an appropriation the entire system is closed and cannot reopen until funding is restored. We do not believe its appropriate or feasible to have some parts of the system open while others are closed to the public.” There’s that annoying little fact that concessions pay the government—not the other way around.
Open: Camp David and the military golf courses where the president usually plays. Shut down: broadcasts of NFL games and the baseball playoffs to overseas troops who usually look forward to watching on the American Forces Network.
The interesting thing is that it takes funding to send out Park Rangers to shut down concessions, put up barricades, and man the barricades to be sure that no one looks at a monument. It is obviously not a necessity to shut down monuments, nor to put the entire Park Service on extended hours to make life difficult for the public.
There was a great Photoshop yesterday of two helicopters hovering over Mt. Rushmore with a huge drape of a giant white sheet to keep people from seeing presidential faces. Obama just hasn’t thought of that yet. Hilarious!
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