Skip to comments.Rand Paul: "Goons" blocked WWII Memorial
Posted on 10/02/2013 6:55:34 AM PDT by Biggirl
Sen. Rand Paul blasted the federal government for trying to block World War II vets from visiting their memorial, saying some idiot in government sent goons out there to set up barricades. If Harry Reid and the President want to keep the parks closed I mean did you read the story today? Some idiot in government sent goons out there to set up barricades, so they couldnt see the monument. People had to spend hours setting up barricades where there are never barricades to prevent people from seeing the World War II monument because theyre trying to play a charade, Rand (R-Ky.) said Tuesday on Fox Newss Hannity.
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THIS is a great media issue for the whole ‘slowdown/shutdown’ fiasco.
Government blocking aging vets from visiting a memorial so the PR movement can score a win.
Why aren’t volunteers manning ALL of the national monuments and parks? They’d do it but for some government union wanting the do-nothing jobs.
WW2 vets in wheelchairs being arrested for visiting THEIR memorial is precisely the image the MSM would be forced to cover and perfectly sums up Washington.
This is the petty stuff normally reserved for local school boards who can’t pass a funding referendum. They do whatever they can to make things as painful as possible for decent citizens. It’s their way of getting both publicity and revenge.
SHUT UP I answer back!
I don't think they'll be able to keep up the charade if more vets arrive to visit their monument.
This is the only card that Obama can play now - make the public feel as much pain as possible, so they’ll want government back.
The worst thing for Obama is if the public doesn’t feel much impact from the shutdown, then they might realize how much they can do without it, and might actually get the idea of cutting some of it back.
If that ever occurs, the Democratic Party - whose whole premise is based on big-government-dependency - is dead.
Ergo, the clumsy maximum-pain strategy. Will the public be fooled?
LOL, you gotta love straight talk like this...
It was Obama’s public liaison office of which Valerie Jarrett is head. Go figure. Obama has sent more people to shut out WW2 vets than he did people to rescue our men in Benghazi!
May Obama and his minions all rot in hell!
Thank you Senator Paul
We're here to mark that day in history when the Allied armies joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty. For four long years, much of Europe had been under a terrible shadow. Free nations had fallen, Jews cried out in the camps, millions cried out for liberation. Europe was enslaved and the world prayed for its rescue. Here, in Normandy, the rescue began. Here, the Allies stood and fought against tyranny, in a giant undertaking unparalleled in human history.
We stand on a lonely, windswept point on the northern shore of France. The air is soft, but forty years ago at this moment, the air was dense with smoke and the cries of men, and the air was filled with the crack of rifle fire and the roar of cannon. At dawn, on the morning of the 6th of June, 1944, two hundred and twenty-five Rangers jumped off the British landing craft and ran to the bottom of these cliffs.
Their mission was one of the most difficult and daring of the invasion: to climb these sheer and desolate cliffs and take out the enemy guns. The Allies had been told that some of the mightiest of these guns were here, and they would be trained on the beaches to stop the Allied advance.
The Rangers looked up and saw the enemy soldiers at the edge of the cliffs, shooting down at them with machine guns and throwing grenades. And the American Rangers began to climb.
They shot rope ladders over the face of these cliffs and began to pull themselves up. When one Ranger fell, another would take his place. When one rope was cut, a Ranger would grab another and begin his climb again. They climbed, shot back, and held their footing. Soon, one by one, the Rangers pulled themselves over the top, and in seizing the firm land at the top of these cliffs, they began to seize back the continent of Europe. Two hundred and twenty-five came here. After two days of fighting, only ninety could still bear arms.
And behind me is a memorial that symbolizes the Ranger daggers that were thrust into the top of these cliffs. And before me are the men who put them there. These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. These are the men who took the cliffs. These are the champions who helped free a continent. And these are the heroes who helped end a war. Gentlemen, I look at you and I think of the words of Stephen Spender's poem. You are men who in your "lives fought for life and left the vivid air signed with your honor."
I think I know what you may be thinking right now -- thinking "we were just part of a bigger effort; everyone was brave that day." Well everyone was. Do you remember the story of Bill Millin of the 51st Highlanders? Forty years ago today, British troops were pinned down near a bridge, waiting desperately for help. Suddenly, they heard the sound of bagpipes, and some thought they were dreaming. Well, they weren't. They looked up and saw Bill Millin with his bagpipes, leading the reinforcements and ignoring the smack of the bullets into the ground around him.
Lord Lovat was with him -- Lord Lovat of Scotland, who calmly announced when he got to the bridge, "Sorry, I'm a few minutes late," as if he'd been delayed by a traffic jam, when in truth he'd just come from the bloody fighting on Sword Beach, which he and his men had just taken.
There was the impossible valor of the Poles, who threw themselves between the enemy and the rest of Europe as the invasion took hold; and the unsurpassed courage of the Canadians who had already seen the horrors of war on this coast. They knew what awaited them there, but they would not be deterred. And once they hit Juno Beach, they never looked back.
All of these men were part of a roll call of honor with names that spoke of a pride as bright as the colors they bore; The Royal Winnipeg Rifles, Poland's 24th Lancers, the Royal Scots' Fusiliers, the Screaming Eagles, the Yeomen of England's armored divisions, the forces of Free France, the Coast Guard's "Matchbox Fleet," and you, the American Rangers.
Forty summers have passed since the battle that you fought here. You were young the day you took these cliffs; some of you were hardly more than boys, with the deepest joys of life before you. Yet you risked everything here.
Why? Why did you do it? What impelled you to put aside the instinct for self-preservation and risk your lives to take these cliffs? What inspired all the men of the armies that met here?
We look at you, and somehow we know the answer. It was faith and belief. It was loyalty and love.
The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead, or on the next. It was the deep knowledge -- and pray God we have not lost it -- that there is a profound moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you were right not to doubt.
You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One's country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you knew the people of your countries were behind you.
The Americans who fought here that morning knew word of the invasion was spreading through the darkness back home. They fought -- or felt in their hearts, though they couldn't know in fact, that in Georgia they were filling the churches at 4:00 am. In Kansas they were kneeling on their porches and praying. And in Philadelphia they were ringing the Liberty Bell.
Something else helped the men of D-day; their rock-hard belief that Providence would have a great hand in the events that would unfold here; that God was an ally in this great cause. And so, the night before the invasion, when Colonel Wolverton asked his parachute troops to kneel with him in prayer, he told them: "Do not bow your heads, but look up so you can see God and ask His blessing in what we're about to do." Also, that night, General Matthew Ridgway on his cot, listening in the darkness for the promise God made to Joshua: "I will not fail thee nor forsake thee." These are the things that impelled them; these are the things that shaped the unity of the Allies.
When the war was over, there were lives to be rebuilt and governments to be returned to the people. There were nations to be reborn. Above all, there was a new peace to be assured. These were huge and daunting tasks. But the Allies summoned strength from the faith, belief, loyalty, and love of those who fell here. They rebuilt a new Europe together. There was first a great reconciliation among those who had been enemies, all of whom had suffered so greatly. The United States did its part, creating the Marshall Plan to help rebuild our allies and our former enemies. The Marshall Plan led to the Atlantic alliance -- a great alliance that serves to this day as our shield for freedom, for prosperity, and for peace.
In spite of our great efforts and successes, not all that followed the end of the war was happy or planned. Some liberated countries were lost. The great sadness of this loss echoes down to our own time in the streets of Warsaw, Prague, and East Berlin. The Soviet troops that came to the center of this continent did not leave when peace came.
They're still there, uninvited, unwanted, unyielding, almost forty years after the war. Because of this, allied forces still stand on this continent. Today, as forty years ago, our armies are here for only one purpose: to protect and defend democracy. The only territories we hold are memorials like this one and graveyards where our heroes rest.
We in America have learned bitter lessons from two world wars. It is better to be here ready to protect the peace, than to take blind shelter across the sea, rushing to respond only after freedom is lost. We've learned that isolationism never was and never will be an acceptable response to tyrannical governments with an expansionist intent. But we try always to be prepared for peace, prepared to deter aggression, prepared to negotiate the reduction of arms, and yes, prepared to reach out again in the spirit of reconciliation.
In truth, there is no reconciliation we would welcome more than a reconciliation with the Soviet Union, so, together, we can lessen the risks of war, now and forever.
It's fitting to remember here the great losses also suffered by the Russian people during World War II. Twenty million perished, a terrible price that testifies to all the world the necessity of ending war.
I tell you from my heart that we in the United States do not want war. We want to wipe from the face of the earth the terrible weapons that man now has in his hands. And I tell you, we are ready to seize that beachhead. We look for some sign from the Soviet Union that they are willing to move forward, that they share our desire and love for peace, and that they will give up the ways of conquest. There must be a changing there that will allow us to turn our hope into action.
We will pray forever that someday that changing will come. But for now, particularly today, it is good and fitting to renew our commitment to each other, to our freedom, and to the alliance that protects it.
We're bound today by what bound us 40 years ago, the same loyalties, traditions, and beliefs. We're bound by reality. The strength of America's allies is vital to the United States, and the American security guarantee is essential to the continued freedom of Europe's democracies. We were with you then; we're with you now. Your hopes are our hopes, and your destiny is our destiny.
Here, in this place where the West held together, let us make a vow to our dead. Let us show them by our actions that we understand what they died for. Let our actions say to them the words for which Matthew Ridgway listened: "I will not fail thee nor forsake thee."
Strengthened by their courage and heartened by their valor and borne by their memory, let us continue to stand for the ideals for which they lived and died.
Thank you very much, and God bless you all.
I would ask any Freepers who may have an outdoor federal memorial which was closed down by these nasty little minded people and do exactly what the WWII vets did.
It is OUR property. There is no security issue as those monuments are left in the open 24/7/365.
This administration is once again, just like sequestration, sending us to bed without dinner because we did not agree.
Well... she did warn us.
IF they can afford to pay people to block a memorial, they cn afford people to give the tour for the WWII vets. This is a small-minded man’s way to stamp his foot at the opposition.
Have the OBayMe Goons locked Arlington National Cemetery as well??
This will backfire on the Dictator and his Gestapo in Congress, wanna bet?
Will the public be fooled?
It usually is. :)
thanks for your post. (wiping tears away)
Such a long, far cry from that vile sludge that occupies the White House today.
Damn, I miss Reagan...
I always notice Mr military hero John McCain is awol when it comes to issues like this. He only stands for his ownself.
I hate to tell you this, but about half the public are fools.
There are a lot of typical decent Americans living their lives uninterrupted today, despite the government shutdown. They continue to draw their pay from the private sector, and are not missing any government benefits because they never got any in the first place.
Several sections of the government continue to function despite the shutdown. The administration has cherry picked it’s favorites to keep open.
The administration chose to prohibit entry into OUR parks and national monuments to punish decent Americans, the ones who give more than they take.
Thank God for the WWII vets.
They expend more effort during the “shutdown” setting up barricades than they do when the government is “running”.
Next they’ll block Sidewalks and Roads
You nailed it-----but I just can't wait to hear the ObamaCrappers spin on this. Maybe congratulating themselves for "closing down the govt" to one and all.....INCLUDING VETS.
One other thing about the debates; is it conceivable for the debates to continue past the Oct 17 debt ceiling deadline? Could the House GOP simply say they are gonna ignore that deadline or would they still be obligated to end the shutdown one way or the other by Oct 17? Is it an option for them to say they are gonna just keep going past that date and totally ignore the debt ceiling deadline?
The human waste in this Regime and this Congress should be dropped into Afganistan to walk point.
The human waste in this Regime and this Congress should be dropped into Afganistan to walk point
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Not a bad idea BUT it is only good if the ‘main force’ goes in the other direction.
I personally would not desire ANY of these clowns to have my ‘back’.
I didn’t like it etc but always thought that ‘draft dodgers’ as a whole are better off NOT in the field as their true ‘character’ would eventually surface....
“Tear down these BARRICADES!!!”
Seems appropriate to me...
The next time the barricades are up they will be guarded by the Military, Homeland Security with just a few TSA. Just to show how much King Obama’s communists army says get lost.
Backlash coming, wanna bet?
Woah, check out the comments on this article. Politicos turning against Obama? We might win this yet. Obama is indeed a vindictive SOB.
You really know how to pizz me off with the last two pics in that montage!!!
"Carney forgot to tell the press.....but I was recently diagnosed w/ 'transient
global amnesia' but only on the subjects of Benghazi, Obamacare, and my golf
"I'm having an episode now---relapsing back to my
days as a tuba player in my high school marching band."
If Obama denies these WW2 Vets the right to visit this memorial. It may be time for someone to organize some help for these vets. I would be willing to drive to DC to help these vets “Storm” these memorials. I am sure others
Typical of the Obama whitehouse. His brand of “community organizing” is more like the thug politics of Chicago than anything else.
Do not regard it. QUESTION, QUESTION.
Good thing they have all that extra ammo, and MRAP’s to try and intimidate those of us who take issue with this nonsense...
The question you have to ask yourself is this...
“Who will blink first???”
It’s rhetorical, and I would not want you or anyone to answer this question in an open (public) forum...
Let’s just be cool, be prepared to do what it is we know to do when the time is just right...The envelope has been pushed back just a smidge, but not quite enough to warrant anything more than we need to remember this incident, in next months local elections, and carry that into next years mid-terms...
I hope the momentum and memory is longer lived this time...And we need to duplicate ourselve and keep thiose we know fired up about making some corrections starting now...It is most appropriate to do it locally, then state and nationally in due course...
It is the prudent and civil thing to do now...The time to do the other stuff is not now...It may feel that way, but in that case, no one really wins that battle...Even though you might feel better about it...It never turns out the way you think it will...
When we lose our voice in our election processes, then it may be time to look into that other stuff...
Just my opinion...
And yes, I am in support of doing those other things...
The Tyrant wants the US ONLY for his personally-weaponized
Islamic terrorists, Mexican narcoterrorists,
militant internally-funded terrorists.
What a moving speech. Wiping tears from my eyes also. That speech needs to be read today at the WWII memorial. Can some freeper, or Senator, or Congressman get a portable mike, a box to stand on, and go read that speech? We need to remind this country of the goodness we had and the sacrifices of our vets .
GET THE F@$# OUTTA MY COUNTRY!!!!