Americans are furious about the Obama shut down, not so much at the budget impasse that caused it, but the outrageous manner in which the Obama administration has sought to maximize the inconvenience in ways that insult our intelligence.
The Obama administration has even ordered hundreds of privately run and financed parks on federal land to shut down, though these parks require no appropriation from Congress and many pay fees for their concessions.
Not surprisingly, this anger has fueled civil disobedience by many we don’t ordinarily think of as protesters, such as World War II veterans! The World War II memorial in Washington D.C. was shut down although it’s an open air memorial and doesn’t need staffing.
As reported by the PJ Media, this group of WWII veterans came on a chartered flight as part of the “honor flight” program, and decided to push past the “barrycades” to honor the memory of their fallen comrades. For some reason, during the Obama shutdown there seems to be more guards at the WWII memorial than at our mission in Benghazi on 9/11. Does the Obama administration think our elderly veterans are dangerous? Hmmm…
These “barrycades” weren’t enough to prevent this group of marines from climbing Mt. Suribachi again at the Iwo Jima memoria! It’s not often the marines defy orders, but apparently the Obama shut down was just too much for them.
This group of Vietnam war veterans was arrested at the Vietnam memorial in NYC. Where was John Kerry when his fellow vets were being arrested for exercising their rights of assembly and free speech?
The National Park Service put up “barrycades” at the entrance to George Washington’s home Mt. Vernon, but quickly retreated when the charity that owns and operates Mt. Vernon pointed out Mt. Vernon is not federal property! Apparently fact checking and private property are among the Obama administration’s strong points! George Washington is probably spinning in his grave at this egregious abuse of power!
The civil disobedience has spread far and wide due to the Obama shut down. This angry American patriot was seen throwing “barrycade” cones from the road at the Badlands in South Dakota!
There’s a state highway at Mt. Rushmore. The National Park Service put up cones to prevent motorists from pulling off the road to view Mt. Rushmore, but patriots have been moving the cones so they can enjoy Mt. Rushmore before Obama is added. Of course if Obama was already carved into Mt. Rushmore, the park would probably still be open!
Last, but not least, Obama’s favorite golf course, at Andrews Air Force Base, is till open! The commissary at all military bases including Andrews are closed, but heck, those hungry service men know how to forage for food. Obama’s chefs haven’t been furloughed though. Apparently they must be essential personnel. We can’t have a hungry commander-in-chief now can we!
It’s time to end this charade. Republicans have tried several times to find common ground and to compromise, but Obama’s attitude is “it’s my way or the highway.” A historic debt default is just a week or two away, which would devastate our economy. Obama needs to step up the plate and show some real leadership.
Bob Quasius is the founder and president of Cafe Con Leche Republicans.