— Kohala Dreams (@AKtransplant) October 13, 2013
Veterans toss aside memorial Barry-cades, march on the White House, the Daily Caller reports:
Organized by Brats for Veterans Advocacy, the Million Vet March on the Memorials drew in a crowd of vocal veterans fed up with the federal government’s shutdown decisions waving enormous American and “Don’t Treat On Me” flags and signs.
“I’m totally, thoroughly disgusted in our government’s decision to close these monuments,” said retired Army Green Beret Mike Freeman, who served in Vietnam.
Retired Master Sergeant Jim Hanson also expressed his anger with the closures, telling The Daily Caller that veterans have every right to visit memorials erected in their honor.
“It’s a disgrace to close this memorial,” Hanson said, indicating the World War II memorial. “It cost more to close it than to let the veterans pay their respects. The government is not in charge of keeping people out of monuments that were put here in their own honor.”
An African-American vet who asked to remain unnamed was dismayed that patriotic commemorations were caught in partisan crossfire and that more black veterans were not joining in the protest.
“I think that things are getting bad when they can find the money to fund academy football teams but can’t find the money to give to widows and dead soldiers’ families. That’s just wrong,” he said. “My only regret is that there’s not a lot more black veterans here today. It’s not a black or a white thing, it’s not a Republican or a Democrat thing — it’s a right or wrong thing. I’m here today because it’s the right thing to do.”
Hey, Harper’s warned its leftwing readers in the summer of 2009 that Barack Obama was the second coming of early “Progressive” Herbert Hoover, and they were right. Then: Hoovervilles and the Bonus Army march on DC. Now: Obamavilles, and today’s protest — about which, Twitchy has many more photos via Twitter, and Bryan Preston has more photos as well, at the PJ Tatler.
Meanwhile, CNN supports the troops — in their own unique Time-Warner-CNN-HBO way: “CNN Mocks Million Vet March as Tea Party Crazies.”
Gee, you mean like this fellow, CNN?
John Hinderaker of Power Line has several more photos, and adds, “I’m sure there weren’t a million vets, but there were a heck of a lot of them.”
— Tom McCuin (@TomMcCuin) October 13, 2013
Update: Jim Acosta of CNN tweets, “US Park Police have arrived in front of WH. Some in riot gear! Tea party/veteran protesters start booing.”
Mark Steyn’s column this weekend is titled “Park Service Paramilitaries;” why exactly does America have Park Police issued with riot gear?
That’s a question that Time-Warner-CNN-HBO itself might explore — if there was a Republican in the White House.
More: But of course: “Media Drool over Lone Million Vet March Protester with Confederate Flag.”
Don’t ever change, old media.