The shutdown farce – it is nothing more than bullying


I have been taking an interest in the shutdown farce. In every single case of what is termed a national park, there has been a situation that is not only farcical but it shows the extent of the bullying being carried out by Barry Soetoro and his minions. Today, I note that there have been some “victories” and those victories have meant that the most ludicrous of the shutdowns are almost over. Please excuse the tone of my post, but I feel so angry about how the whole thing is being portrayed.

There have been some successful applications through the courts that have led to the re-opening of what should not have been closed in the first place. One of these was a field where children and youth play lacrosse. The land was leased by a State authority. The parents went to court and they have a court order that allowed the field to be re-opened. The Pigsah Inn has also managed to negotiate with the NPS to allow it to re-open.

But wait, there are more monuments being re-opened. First more than 100 people stormed the Lincoln Memorial and removed the barriers which should never have been placed there in the first place. Good for them!!  CNN is reporting that the following monuments will also re-open: the Statue of Liberty, Mt. Rushmore and the Grand Canyon. Governor Cuomo has remarked that every day the Statue of Liberty is closed there is a massive loss of tourist dollars.  The State of New York is paying for the Statue of Liberty to be re-opened. My question is: why is it that New York was not funding this in the first place? Why surrender this to the Federal authorities?

Of all the closures, Mt. Rushmore was amongst the most ludicrous. National Park Rangers are not necessary. What they did was to place cones so that people could not stop to view Mt. Rushmore. This action makes a joke out of the whole shutdown issue because people were employed to place those cones on the roads, and to prevent people using the stopping areas to take their pictures.

There has been a lot of nastiness shown by NPS employees towards the public as a whole. Since this is the case, these people should be thrown out of their jobs because of the level of their partisanship. They are obviously not needed to perform the more serious forestry work, so let them go.  This nastiness got out of hand in Yellowstone National Park where tourists were locked in their hotel, and were not allowed to take pictures. In fact the female employee who acted like a Nazi to foreign tourists should be given a DCM (Don’t Come Monday).

The NPS had no right to shut down any war memorial. The veterans have been treated in a very shabby way with the barriers that were placed across their memorials. They also had no right to shut down privately owned businesses that operate within the National Parks.

Perhaps the answer to this ludicrous display of pettiness and nastiness is for the States to demand that the functions for looking after the parks be returned to the States, and that the Federal government be stripped of all authority relating to such parks and memorials.

Throwing people out of their homes, using guns against tourists, refusing the veterans the opportunity to view their memorials that were paid for out of private funds is proof that the White House Administration is nothing more than petty bullies who should be prosecuted under the RICO ACT.

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6 responses to “The shutdown farce – it is nothing more than bullying

  1. You said….petty bullies who should be prosecuted under the RICO ACT.

    You got a belly laugh out of me. Tourists from other countries may forever have changed their views of Americans. Turn it around. Imagine flying to Paris to see Versailles or the Louvre and being greeted by men with clubs. Or to London and not being allowed entrance into the British Museum.

    My blood boiled when I first heard about it. My Dad, now 89, was on one of the earliertrips to the WWII memorial. I can’t even think about what he would have done if this had happened to him.

    He was thrilled to go and was chosen to visit Colin Powell who was interested to hear about my Day’s experiences as one of the first Navy Seals on the beaches of Normandy. His team was dropped off about a mile or so offshore with orders to defuse mines and set charges on the huge pointed stakes the Germans had set up in the water to prevent our landing craft from getting near the shore. They completed their mission, then swam to shore, waiting on a signal to swim back out to a boat that would take them to safety before the assault began. They had concealed themselves fairly well. Darkness was their friend. The predetermined time arrived but the signal did not come. Ike delayed the invasion due to weather and the team was now trapped without food or water, or guns or any means of communication. Imagine being in that predicament. They were stranded and there was no place to hide when the sun came up. I imagine that they were terrified but did not show it to each other. They silently screamed for nightfall but they encouraged each other and none even mentioned that they had no food or water.

    The signal finally came the next morning and they swam out to a boat about a mile offshore.

    Colin Powell knew, in advance of their arrival in DC that my Dad was on that mission, and wanted to discuss it because all of the others had died before he could interview them. I have never found an account of this anywhere except in my Dad’s papers and in the written documents that accompanied each medal he was awarded.

    They referred to themselves as Frogmen or UDT back then. Today’s Seals have retained the UDT designation.

    My Dad was also nominated for the Medal of Honor in the Operation Tiger but did not receive it because he refused to leave the battle, after suffering major wounds and struck an officer who tried physically take him down.

    I got off topic but that event at the Memorial was not what my Dad fought for. He has relived his battles in nightmares ever since. Obama has disrespected my Dad and others like him and he did it intentionally. Shame on him.

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    • Jordan, thank you for sharing something so very personal.

      I have to go back to my grandfather for a personal story (I never knew his actual story because I never knew him). I have managed to put some facts together to discover that he was on the last ship that was supposed to land at Gallipoli. They did not land there but moved on to Egypt. From Egypt this group of Australian soldiers ended up in France at the Battle of the Somme. In July 1916 my grandfather was wounded in the leg. He was sent to England and lived there for a year on what is termed “furlough” and then a year later his leg was amputated because gangrene had set into the wound.

      I had not heard the story of those early frogmen, and what they did prior to the landing. The whole thing was what we would term a BFG.

      I understand about how your father would be reliving some of what he experienced during the second world war. Many veterans experience the same thing, but never talk about those experiences.

      Hugs to your father, and to those like him who acted so bravely during such a vicious war in both theatres.

      As an aside, my mother’s sister met and married a Marine who was stationed in the Pacific. She went to the USA as a fiancee on one of the first ships for war brides and fiancees to leave after the end of the Second World War.

      There are many tales to tell about that period, including the fights between Australians and those yankees 🙂 over the way that the sheilas fell for the yanks 🙂

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    • What is BFG?

      I am so sorry about your grandfather. WWI was brutal …. many brave men died needlessly trying to get from one ditch to another. I saw nothing GREAT about THE GREAT WAR.

      Have you ever read They Thought We Wouldn’t Fight ? It was written by Floyd Gibbons and is available free online. I have it on my desk top now.

      You have a lot of interesting tales. I really like your style. 😀

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    • I only have these tales because I have tried to learn about my family history.

      My grandfather died before I was born but he did return to Australia, married and raised a family. The worst that happened after his return was the death of one of the children from meningacoccal disease (I think that is what killed him). My uncle Jack was about 17 months old when he died.

      Curiously, something similar happened to one of my mother’s brothers and he died as a toddler.

      The real strange tale is that of my great-grandfather on my mother’s side. He died in a railway accident. My family always thought that the accident had occurred in country Victoria. We were wrong!! It turned out that the accident occurred just outside of Flinders Street Station – between that station and Spencer Street Station – and at the time it was a very big dea. The three men had been working on the tracks and because of the noise they did not hear the train whistle. There was no flagman to warn them of the impending danger. My great grandfather did not manage to get out of the way in time. He was speaking when he got to the hospital and died a few days later because of damage done to an internal organ (memory block here, sorry). He had internal bleeding and that is what killed him.

      However, I think that the most interesting story is about my great-great grandparents on my father’s side. Both sets are interesting. One set were pioneers in Victoria, settling in Portland before moving to Digby and then to Hamilton. The real mystery was the other set because it turns out that my great-great grandmother got a free trip from Ireland to Van Dieman’s Land. She married a soldier from the 49th Foot Regiment. This is the regiment that is tied to Eureka Stockade in Ballarat but I cannot place my great-great grandfather at that location. On the other hand, I do know that he rode gold escort duty from Bendigo or Sandhurst as it was known at the time.

      So my digging into the family tree yielded some interesting stuff!!

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  2. I have tried that for many years in America. I worked the family tree backwards but I could not verify that they were on the Mayflower.

    A Canadian friend sent me a book about my family by using some system they have at the center in Salt Lake City and Edinboro.

    Later, I went to Scotland to find out more and confirmed that many of them with the same surname left England at various times.

    I am missing some years but I did confirm that they that fought during our Revolution and The War between the states as well as the Spanish-American War.

    I am going to try some other search engines .Keep us up to date on what you find. OK?

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    • Alas I did hit a brick wall and have not been able to penetrate 😦

      There are some other families where I could only go so far and then hit that brick wall.

      Most of the problem is with Irish records. The Scots records are another matter. The clan I belong to was outlawed… yes I do belong to the clan McGregor, or is that MacGregor!! 🙂

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