Filed under: Domestic Policy, Freedom, History, Military, The United States | Tags: Hero Flight, World War II Memorial, World War II Veterans
Barack Obama is determined to blame the Republicans for the government shutdown, but his efforts at political theater leave something to be desired.
Obama has never felt that the simple effects of law are quite enough to expose the degraded results of Republicans efforts to foil his plans. To emphasize the horrible results of the government shutdown, the Obama administration’s bright idea was to barricade national monuments to keep veterans from visiting them. These are open air monuments.
You have a lot of very ticked-off 85 and 90 year-old World War II veterans brought to Washington DC by the organizers of the Hero Flight Network, to see the World War II monument honoring their service and their losses.
After a group of veterans broke down the barricades at the national World War II Memorial Tuesday afternoon, organizers of one Hero Flight Network group told BuzzFeed it wasn’t the last Washington would hear from them. Veterans are plotting another protest at the same place Wednesday, and expressed interest in staging similar events at sites across the nation’s capital, including the Lincoln Memorial — an act of civil disobedience that would likely pour fuel on the already highly flammable politics of the government shutdown.
“We have people here that are 80 and 90 years old and they closed down all the bathrooms?” said Tony Nussbaum, a 25-year veteran of the Air Force from Iowa and a leader of the state’s Hero Flight group. “I’m about to just start pissing on the trees.”…
On Wednesday, the scene could repeat itself when groups from the Honor Flight Network — a national charity that brings aging World War II veterans to visit the national monument to the conflict they fought in — are scheduled to arrive at the massive outdoor memorial. Meanwhile, veterans have pondered staging a similar protest at the Lincoln memorial, said Jamie Miller, a five-year veteran of the Marine Corps and another organizer of the Iowa group that stormed the World War II memorial Tuesday.
Not only a dumb attempt to make veterans suffer for political theater, but how completely tacky. No class. No class at all. Misplaced priorities, as usual.
A National Park Service employee threatened to arrest the vets, many in wheelchairs. The Honor Flight is an all-expense-paid trip for the vets, many of whom have never seen the monument to their service.