Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Environment, Freedom, Politics, Statism, The Constitution | Tags: Barack Obama's Mistake, Exceeding Their Authority, The National Park Service
The Vet’s ‘March on Washington’ should have opened some eyes as to the political error of trying to close down open air monuments. It didn’t. The barriers have been collected from in front of the White House and put right back up, with even tougher wire to fasten them together. Big black eye for the Park Service, but I suppose when your paycheck comes from the government, you must do its bidding.
The management of the Park Service, however, is not particularly friendly to “the people.” People drop stuff, deliberately or casually — candy bar wrappers, pop cans, gum and gum wrappers — and somebody has to pick it up. That probably sours you on the public to a certain extent, although that’s part of the job description.
It’s the bidding of the government and the National Park Service that is the problem. The Obama administration mistakes their authority. They believe that the taxes they collect are not taxpayer money which must be spent carefully and responsibly, but “government money” which they can spend any old way they can get away with. So they have assumed that “federal lands” are government-owned lands with which they can do anything they want. My contention is that the federal lands are owned by the people of the United States, and the federal government and the National Park Service are trustees who are tasked with maintaining and caring for the public lands for the benefit of the people. And don’t get to put up traffic cones to prevent the people from looking at national monuments, nor barriers to keep 90-year-old World War II veterans from visiting their monument — which was largely paid for with private donations anyway.