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October 8, 2013 - 10:16 am

The National Park Service has become the Obama government’s front line shock troops in the battle to make as many Americans as miserable as possible over the partial government shutdown. That’s according to a NPS ranger who is “disgusted” — his word — by what they’re being ordered to do. Only, some of them are probably not disgusted at all. They like their new power and influence.

Pat Vaillancourt went on a trip last week that was intended to showcase some of America’s greatest treasures.

Instead, the Salisbury resident said she and others on her tour bus witnessed an ugly spectacle that made her embarrassed, angry and heartbroken for her country.

Vaillancourt was one of thousands of people who found themselves in a national park as the federal government shutdown went into effect on Oct. 1. For many hours her tour group, which included senior citizen visitors from Japan, Australia, Canada and the United States, were locked in a Yellowstone National Park hotel under armed guard.

The tourists were treated harshly by armed park employees, she said, so much so that some of the foreign tourists with limited English skills thought they were under arrest.

When finally allowed to leave, the bus was not allowed to halt at all along the 2.5-hour trip out of the park, not even to stop at private bathrooms that were open along the route.

“We’ve become a country of fear, guns and control,” said Vaillancourt, who grew up in Lawrence. “It was like they brought out the armed forces. Nobody was saying, ‘we’re sorry,’ it was all like — ” as she clenched her fist and banged it against her forearm.

The bus stopped along a road when a large herd of bison passed nearby, and seniors filed out to take photos. Almost immediately, an armed ranger came by and ordered them to get back in, saying they couldn’t “recreate.” The tour guide, who had paid a $300 fee the day before to bring the group into the park, argued that the seniors weren’t “recreating,” just taking photos.

“She responded and said, ‘Sir, you are recreating,’ and her tone became very aggressive,” Vaillancourt said.

The seniors quickly filed back onboard and the bus went to the Old Faithful Inn, the park’s premier lodge located adjacent to the park’s most famous site, Old Faithful geyser. That was as close as they could get to the famous site — barricades were erected around Old Faithful, and the seniors were locked inside the hotel, where armed rangers stayed at the door.

“They looked like Hulk Hogans, armed. They told us you can’t go outside,” she said. “Some of the Asians who were on the tour said, ‘Oh my God, are we under arrest?’ They felt like they were criminals.”

The bus trip made headlines in Livingston, where the local newspaper Livingston Enterprise interviewed the tour guide, Gordon Hodgson, who accused the park service of “Gestapo tactics.”

Welcome to Barack Obama’s America, where you can be ordered to buy a product at the point of a gun whether you can afford it or not, where corporations have been granted more rights than individual citizens, and where formerly chipper and helpful park rangers have become aggressive armed forces deployed against recreating senior citizens and war veterans.

Does Lord Obama move against the church next? Wait, he already did that too.

Despite what the Democrats are saying about the president handing over the shutdown to Harry Reid, Barack Obama is responsible for every action that executive branch agencies are taking. Every one of them. This abuse of senior citizens and foreign tourists is entirely his doing, done on his orders, to achieve his goals.

h/t Nice Deb

 

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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Don'tcha just love the tone of command police take these days as well?

They have been so well indoctrinated with the philosophy that they are to take control over every situation they interact with that they treat citizens as common serfs to be bossed around.

It's not about maintaining civil order - it's about maintaining civil obedience and subservience to the state.

There are, of course, some good cops out there - but the public image in general is really deteriorating lately....
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My mom and dad retired to the Trinity River outside Weaverville. MANY of the people up there had horror stories about the National Park Service. The sea change seems to have started with the EPA in the 70s.
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This is coming as a huge surprise to many who have not followed the NPS closely, but they are are a police agency, not tour guides. The national parks are federal reservations on which the NPS is the law. The NPS has also seen its mission creep away from providing nature experiences to as many people as possible to that of wilderness preservation and restoration activities which often mean barring access to all but a select few.

A large NPS workforce trained as police combined with the self righteousness of many who work in environmental related areas is not a good combination. The agency needs some serious Congressional scrutiny.
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Himmler could staff his camps from the employee rolls of the National Park Service.
41 weeks ago
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Everybody sing now..."This land is your land, this land is my ...ummmm"
41 weeks ago
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My mom and dad retired to the Trinity River outside Weaverville. MANY of the people up there had horror stories about the National Park Service. The sea change seems to have started with the EPA in the 70s.
42 weeks ago
42 weeks ago Link To Comment
This is coming as a huge surprise to many who have not followed the NPS closely, but they are are a police agency, not tour guides. The national parks are federal reservations on which the NPS is the law. The NPS has also seen its mission creep away from providing nature experiences to as many people as possible to that of wilderness preservation and restoration activities which often mean barring access to all but a select few.

A large NPS workforce trained as police combined with the self righteousness of many who work in environmental related areas is not a good combination. The agency needs some serious Congressional scrutiny.
42 weeks ago
42 weeks ago Link To Comment
Don'tcha just love the tone of command police take these days as well?

They have been so well indoctrinated with the philosophy that they are to take control over every situation they interact with that they treat citizens as common serfs to be bossed around.

It's not about maintaining civil order - it's about maintaining civil obedience and subservience to the state.

There are, of course, some good cops out there - but the public image in general is really deteriorating lately....
42 weeks ago
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I really wish someone with better Photoshop skills than I possess would just go ahead and get one of those old black and white photos from 1930's Germany and edit it accordingly.

You know, one of those photos showing the Brownshirts blocking off Jewish businesses with signs and uniformed thugs.

And of course they'd have to come up with some imaginative way of tying that photo into what our current brownshirted park rangers are doing now.

An armed park ranger hustling foreign tourists onto a bus - what is this, a 3rd world dictatorship?
42 weeks ago
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" ‘Sir, you are recreating,’"

If a movie line, that would be a classic.
42 weeks ago
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This is tyranny pure and simple. A question I'd like to ask one of these so called rangers is "How are you any different than the German soldiers who herded people onto the trains going to Auschwitz? They were just following orders too."
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Wow! We finally discovered that there is a limit to that "promoting the General Welfare" reference in the Constitution that libs love so much.
42 weeks ago
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No, no, there is no limit on General Welfare, they are trying their best to put all of us on it!
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