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October 7, 2013 - 7:32 am

Claude Moore Colonial Farm Managing Director Anna Eberly says that the Farm, which receives no federal funding yet has been closed down by the National Park Service in the ongoing government “shutdown,” says that its supporters have offered an outpouring of donations and assistance to keep the it alive.

“We have had offers of home baked cookies, animal feed and hay, free labor and legal help in the fight to reopen the Farm,” Eberly says in an update on the Farm’s plight. She adds that many have made cash donations to the Farm through its web site.

She says, though, that “The Farm is still closed with barricades in place however the NPS has never acted on its threat to blockade the staff and volunteer’s access to the property. Maybe they are all busy on the mall or standing guard over the scenic overlooks on the George Washington Memorial Parkway but at least they have left us alone,” Eberly said. She is referring to the NPS decision to place barriers, which have come to be known as Barrycades, at unmanned scenic overlooks around Washington. The manpower, time and fuel to place the Barrycades costs taxpayers more than simply leaving the sites alone. But the Obama government isn’t in the business of leaving anyone alone, ever.

Eberly says the Farm is pursuing legal action, but the weekend hindered progress. “One of our dedicated volunteers is pursuing the legal route with the Department of the Interior (NPS being part of) as they apparently sent all of the NPS attorneys home as non-essential,” she says. “We believe, according to our lease with the National Park Service, that we have both a right and a duty to be open to the public. Of course, the Feds don’t work weekends so nothing on that front can happen until [Monday].”

Today, the Farm will attempt to contact Interior. There will also be a protest at the department’s headquarters in Washington. Eberly says that several kids who grew up working at the Farm are protesting today at noon. “There is nothing more heady than fighting for what you think is right and winning,” Eberly says, adding “And we will win this fight.”

The Farm kids are calling their protest the “Freedom from tyranny colonial rally.”

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm has never closed before during any previous government shutdown. It would not be closed during this shutdown, but the Obama administration is using the shutdown of approximately 17% of the government to make a public show of pain and spite. Over the weekend, Obama ordered Florida Bay closed to charter fishing, and has previously forced closures of hundreds of privately-run parks on federal land that pay into the Treasury. All of those closures threaten thousands of private-sector jobs. The Obama government has also closed off unmanned monuments in Washington that honor our war veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve freedom against tyranny.

The “Freedom from tyranny colonial rally” is set for noon Eastern time at 1849 C Street NW in Washington.

More: Who wrote the NPS shutdown contingency plan?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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I'd vote for a little civil disobedience.

Don't cause any damage. Get a pickup truck, a few friends who don't mind being dragged into court, start going around to these scenic overlooks and such, which are barrycaded but unmanned and unguarded, pick up the barrycades, toss them off the road, make sure not to damage them, then go onto the next one. If Obama wants to spend taxpayer money making life difficult for everyone else, maybe people should help him spend it. Make them pay people, every single day, to go out and put the barrycades back in place, maybe even make them place a guard on the barrycades.
47 weeks ago
47 weeks ago Link To Comment
The federal government has too much power and too much debt. One way to reduce both would be to sell some of federal property to states and charitable organizations. Claude Moore Farm sits on expensive real estate, but maybe they could find wealthy donors to buy out the federal government. I bet that states would pay to gain ownership and operation of scenic overlook parking lots on rural state roads. Potential new revenue for debt limit negotiations.
47 weeks ago
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Buy out the Federal Government?

Just like a taxpayer, if they refuse their obligations, the property should be seized and considered abandoned. And then turned over to the farm.
47 weeks ago
47 weeks ago Link To Comment
I had a thought this morning.
Since the federal government is closing down all these areas, are they implicityl saying that they are responsible for everything that happens at these areas when they are not shut down?
In other words, if I get mugged or beaten at a federally funded park, is not the NPS guilty of negligence for not adequately staffing and preserving my "safety"?
By exercising control over these areas thay are implicitly stating that they assume all premises liability, right?
47 weeks ago
47 weeks ago Link To Comment
I like it! Even if you lost, it'd give them something to do to keep them out of mischief. Say a few hundred suits, with a few volunteer lawyers, or even pro se (individuals representing themselves).
47 weeks ago
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Note, it wouldn't require getting mugged or beaten. Petty theft, inconvenience due to government negligence, emotional distress.....
How about emotional distress, financial losses due to shutdowns?
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