In an effort to spread misery amongst “the masses”, as any good progressive sees the rest of us, the Obama Administration continues to show its true colors during this second week of the so-called “government shutdown”. So called, because, by most reports, about 80 percent of the government is running as usual.
Some good people are without their paychecks because they’ve been deemed “non-essential” and have been furloughed. Why Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are considered essential is beyond my ability to explain, even in good times. But that’s another story.
The worst thing to come out of the “shutdown”, besides the mass media focusing their blame on the wrong people (Tea Party Republicans instead of big government progressives from BOTH parties), is the shutdown of national parks and memorials. Even—maybe especially—the open air memorials in Washington, D.C. that never have guards around them, such as the World War II and the Vietnam memorials.
Imagine a government that would deny access to the National Mall to American citizens, many of whom have fought for this nation, but open it up for thousands of illegal aliens for an amnesty rally. They found the cash to build a big stage and I assume needed all of the appropriate police on duty that most rallies on the National Mall require—all for a bunch of discontented felons who broke federal law to be here, who only want to gather to demand citizenship to a country they hate in order to get the benefits they love. And they did it with the support of some left-wing Congressmen, many of whom were arrested at the rally. These future democrat voters had the red carpet laid out for them by the administration, but 90-year-old WWII veterans in wheelchairs are apparently the enemy. When you have Obama’s union buddies sponsoring your rally, you get treated differently than a busload of elderly veterans in town for a few hours to view their own memorial. To paraphrase George Orwell in his book Animal Farm, all are equal, but some are more equal than others.
The treatment of veterans in this government shutdown has been disgusting, and it hasn’t just been the people who came on Honor Flights—many of them either ignored the barricades set up by federal officials (who apparently haven’t been furloughed)—and went in to see the memorial anyway. For most of these heroes, this is the first and last opportunity they’ll have to see it, and they weren’t about to take any Obama-crap.
Other shutdown shenanigans using veterans as pawns have included not issuing death benefits to the families of fallen soldiers. Within three days of a soldier’s death, the Pentagon usually pays out $100,000, but has said there is no authority to make those payments due to the shutdown. However, Congress contested this saying that a law passed prior to the shutdown gave the Department of Defense the authority to make such payments. The Senate also passed such a law, but the White House resisted because the president doesn’t want to deal with these “piecemeal” laws that fund various parts of the government, but not his precious Obamacare.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said that no legislation was needed for this because a private foundation, The Fisher House, has agreed to pay these benefits for the duration of the shutdown. Carney said they would be reimbursed by the DoD once the shutdown is over.
But wait…there’s more: military chaplains who have been furloughed were threatened that they will be punished if they perform masses and baptisms for free.
-Obama made sure to spread the hurt across the Atlantic: he closed the D-Day Memorial in Normandy, France as well as a number of other military cemeteries.
-Obama has dictated that the only part of the American Forces Network that won’t be shut down is the news division. AFN provides news, sports and entertainment to our soldiers stationed abroad. During the shutdown, as they risk life and limb for their nation, they will only be allowed to watch the news programming- nothing that will entertain them.
Obama has never been good at hiding his disdain for the military and his choice of what to close and what to keep open speaks volumes. That’s why veterans from all over will be making their voices heard this Sunday, October 13th in Washington, D.C. for the “Million Vet March on the Memorials”. If you live within driving distance, please go to show your support for them, or at least take a minute to sign their petition on the website.
The whole shutdown is really about the complete funding for the leviathan law known as Obamacare, which in its first week of operation, has proven itself to be as successful as a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest. Obama wasn’t willing to let Republicans in on the crafting of the law before it was passed, and he’s not willing to negotiate with them now. He doesn’t like opposing views, and in his arrogance, doesn’t believe he has to hear them.
These events can’t be taken lightly. I hope anyone who reads this will keep all of this in the back of your mind as a red flag. Any president who would be willing to bully elderly veterans and keep a group of senior citizen tourists at Yellowstone under armed guard (yes, it happened, please read the article linked here) will do anything that needs to be done to make average citizens feel the pain in order to get what he wants…anything.
***UPDATE 10/14/13: Thousands of vets and supporters (including Sarah Palin) turned out yesterday to re-open the memorials in Washington, D.C. Check out some memorable pictures here and here of the day’s peaceful protests.