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Ed Driscoll

Barackalypse Now

October 5th, 2013 - 2:06 pm

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“Police Remove Vietnam War Veterans at Memorial Wall,” John McCormack writes at the Weekly Standard:

Via William Jacobson, NBC’s affiliate in Washington, D.C. reports that police ordered tourists and Vietnam war veterans who were visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to leave the memorial at one point on Friday.

After one group of veterans went around the barricade, “the park ranger told them the wall was closed,” NBC’s Mark Seagraves reported. “Later another group of vets showed up and moved the barricades. At that point, the memorial filled with vets and tourists. That’s when police came and moved everyone out.”

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is a black granite outdoor wall on which the names of the 58,272 service members who died or were unaccounted for during the Vietnam war are inscribed.

It takes more manpower and costs the government more money to close down an outdoor wall than to let people walk past it and pay their respects.

Or as Wes Pruden writes in the Washington Times:

The Park Service appears to be closing streets on mere whim and caprice. The rangers even closed the parking lot at Mount Vernon, where the plantation home of George Washington is a favorite tourist destination. That was after they barred the new World War II Memorial on the Mall to veterans of World War II. But the government does not own Mount Vernon; it is privately owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. The ladies bought it years ago to preserve it as a national memorial. The feds closed access to the parking lots this week, even though the lots are jointly owned with the Mount Vernon ladies. The rangers are from the government, and they’re only here to help.

“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.”

Regarding the closure of the World War II memorial, Mark Steyn described the park rangers newly cast into the role of “shock troops of the punitive bureaucracy:”

Nevertheless, just because it’s a phony crisis doesn’t mean it can’t be made even phonier. The perfect symbol of the shutdown-simulacrum so far has been the World War II Memorial. This is an open-air facility on the National Mall — that’s to say, an area of grass with a monument at the center. By comparison with, say, the IRS, the National Parks Service is not usually one of the more controversial government agencies. But, come “shutdown,” they’re reborn as the shock troops of the punitive bureaucracy. Thus, they decided to close down an unfenced open-air site — which oddly enough requires more personnel to shut than it would to keep it open.

So the Parks Service dispatched their own vast army to the World War II Memorial to ring it with barricades and yellow “Police Line — Do Not Cross” tape strung out like the world’s longest “We Support Our Troops” ribbon. For good measure, they issued a warning that anybody crossing the yellow line would be liable to arrest — or presumably, in extreme circumstances, the same multi-bullet ventilation that that mentally ill woman from Connecticut wound up getting from the coppers. In a heartening sign that the American spirit is not entirely dead, at least among a small percentage of nonagenarians, a visiting party of veterans pushed through the barricades and went to honor their fallen comrades, mordantly noting for reporters that, after all, when they’d shown up on the beach at Normandy it too had not been officially open.

Mr. Obama, tear down these walls!

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Related: “Syracuse Honor Flight Kicks Over Barrycades at the Iwo Jima Memorial,” Ace writes. “They took the actual Iwo Jima. They’re not going to have much of a problem with the Iwo Jima memorial.” Carry on!

Meanwhile, even RINO-turned Obama supporter Kathleen Parker describes Mr. Obama’s current strategy as “A Monumental Mistake:”

Among the many reasons this was so clumsy, one stands out starkly: It isn’t as though the WWII guys can always come back another day. All are in their late 80s and early 90s, and time is of the essence. Moreover, most plan these trips well in advance and at considerable expense.

Thanks to the monument liberators, Washington officials were forced to rethink their decision and removed the barriers. The American People are now free to roam their public spaces that remember sacrifices beyond most imaginations.

Optically, symbolically and every other way, this seems too little too late. Shutting out veterans from their memorial touchstone was more than a bad call, a lapse of judgment, a mere moment of tone-deafness. In reality, it may have been the tidy effort of a box-checking bureaucrat, but it reeked of the small work of a petty bully.

Hey rube!

Update: Bill Maher mocks WWII vets: “They’re the greatest generation – nobody said they were the brightest generation.”  

To be fair, they did vote four times for FDR and gave rise to the coddled Boomer generation, of which Maher is a member. But it seems awfully churlish for the self-hating Time-Warner-CNN-HBO spokesman to hold all that against them at this late date.

Meanwhile, a New York Times reporter “who has worked for the Times in Washington for two decades,” describes the Obama Administration as the “most closed, control-freak administration I’ve ever covered.” Perhaps that explains why they didn’t anticipate the Barry-cades strategy to play so poorly in the real world beyond the White House’s fevered imagination.

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The same administration that negotiates with the Taliban and Iran -- both of which are responsible for thousands of dead and maimed Americans -- threatens to arrest venerable American veterans for visiting open air, public monuments.

This is no longer a Federal republic. This is now officially a tyranny.
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"It would be a good idea for Park Police to get the "Blue Flu" and not go to work at the memorials, parks, and monuments. "Just Following Orders" didn't work for the Nazis and it won't work for Obama's Nazis."
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Write the Speaker of the House and suggest the NPS be defunded. Let the states run the parks. Do an audit on the federal taxes that were funding the NPS and take that amount out of the state tax being stolen from them.
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Sooner or later, one of these vets, possibly an unstable one, is going to resist efforts to push him out of the park. We'll see him die, or a park ranger, or both, and the organic material will encounter the rotating blade device. Truthfully, the sooner it happens, the better, as the rangers need to be disabused of the notion that they can blindly follow these orders, anymore.
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42 weeks ago
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The LBJ Memorial Grove, which is along the GW Parkway across the river from DC, has not been barricaded off at all. Clearly, someone made a deliberate choice to do that. Why would that be? The answer, for those not familiar with DC, is that the LBJ Grove is a well-known pick up spot for casual gay sex encounters. Can you believe these people?? They shut of monuments and harass veterans but leave an open air gay sex meet up spot open.
42 weeks ago
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It is a fitting tribute to the memory of LBJ. I am looking forward to the day that Texas disowns him and reveals he was really a Mexican called Leon Bernardo Jimenez.
42 weeks ago
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All these Vets and visitors have families and friends. The last time you received terrible service somewhere, were you silent about it? My grandfather, a WW II Veteran, died about 15 years ago. He would be 99 if alive today. I still find myself rooting for things he liked and boycotting those he didn't. People have long memories and close family ties.
42 weeks ago
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Obama hates the military because they represent everything that he is not - Honor, Truth, Duty, Service, Courage, Sacrifice, God and Country.

In 391 days, we will have the right to go to the polls and express our approval or disapproval of what he and his party are doing. Remember these acts.
42 weeks ago
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Barrycades and Benghazi.
Check.
42 weeks ago
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And, don't forget "Barackalypse Now" for the closing of the Vietnam Wall and kicking all the people out.

Mockery, mockery, mockery. Obama is just too conceited to be able to handle being mocked. He can only handle dishing it out.
42 weeks ago
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This battle is largely being fought via the media. Let’s admit it. The MSM is not on the side of the American people. They have “outgrown” the American people. The formerly ink stained wretches have joined the ruling class and are reaping the reward. Have you seen the salaries and perks these people get for doing an hour show on TV or writing a column for a major newspaper? Have you seen how and where they live? They have grabbed the brass ring and now they can’t let go. If they came from small-town America they now laugh at the rubes, call them Joe-six-pack who lives in flyover country. As for the members-in-waiting in the hinterlands; they know what is expected of them if they want to try out for the big leagues.

Kathleen Parker says that closing the monuments was a "mistake." I disagree. Where is the MSM outrage? The primary venue for this information is the Internet. The MSM spikes this story.
42 weeks ago
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The people involved in blocking should be publicly shamed and named. While they are putting up the barricades and moving to push people out of these areas, cry out "Shame on you, shame!" Take pictures of them and post them on the internet. IMO they are not behaving in a manly way so they should be shamed like little boys.
42 weeks ago
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Pigs have no shame.
42 weeks ago
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These people following orders this way disrespect not only our veterans but all of us. And the people giving the orders deserve to be shamed.

Give them nothing unless it's by force.

Make them earn it.
42 weeks ago
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We should go to Washington and take back the city. Our monuments, our House, our Capital, OURS. I'm not talking about running them out of town although they deserve that, too. I'm just talking about taking back what our money built. They have no right to take those things away from the people.
42 weeks ago
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Sure would like to hear Hillary take a stand on all these budget increasing, poke-in-the-eye, police state maneuvers to manipulate the public. Does she specifically support each of these government power play shows of force? I didn't know a wall or statues in the open outdoors were a government operation that involved manned controlled access, like say, a border. What say you Hillary? Or will this be 2007 all over again, where Presidential hopefuls spew platitudinous sweet nothings and reveal no convictions that might tip off your most honest perspectives?
42 weeks ago
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If we have all these surplus Park Rangers running around who apparently cost us nothing, why not deputize them and place them on the U.S. Border? Barricades, police lines and arrests are warranted there.
42 weeks ago
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Guarding and closing open air memorials (and oceans) is not essential work. If these people are doing non essential work, why should we even listen to them?
42 weeks ago
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Obama, ever the petulant child, has decided since he can't be the quarterback, he is going to take his ball and go home.

He is used to a world where competence means less than pigmentation. Where desires trump reality and words carry greater weight than actions.

Surrounded by incompetents
42 weeks ago
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.... flatterers and thieves he lives in a bubble and does not understand why the world does not respect him.

Short on brains long on ego he is a President that the American public is seeing more clearly every day.
42 weeks ago
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God help Bill Maher if we are ever within 2 feet of each other.
42 weeks ago
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One reason I hesitate to visit D.C. I can think of a few people there that just the sight of ...
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