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Americans cross Obama’s parkway barriers
The Daily Caller ^ | 10/6/2013 | Neil Munro

Posted on 10/07/2013 2:30:40 AM PDT by markomalley

Many Americans crossed the barriers that were set this weekend by President Barack Obama’s deputies to block public access to the Potomac River from Virginia’s George Washington Memorial Parkway.

In many quiet acts of civil disobedience, Americans removed car barriers and cut police tape, or walked across barriers after parking on grass verges or in adjacent suburbs.

Once past the federal barriers, they were able to enjoy the bike paths, parkland and overlooks — on what singer Woody Guthrie described as “your land” — during the sunny, 80-degree weekend.

Still, the Obama administration blocked easy access to the river for many Americans, except for boat club members or property owners in the 22308 zip code, where riverside homes sell for at least $1.5 million.

The federal barriers were set along 20 miles of the parkway, starting at a government-built parking lot at President George Washington’s Mount Vernon home and continuing northwards to scenic overlooks in McLean, Va.

“I’ll take my chances,” said one man as he unloaded his two children on a grassy verge beside Roosevelt Island, just across from Washington’s Georgetown district.

But their day in the sun was darkened by a locked gate on the narrow bridge from the parkway to the island that celebrates President Teddy Roosevelt, who is widely regarded as the first presidential advocate for national parks.

Motorists who pushed through the barriers were applauded by other Americans.

“They’re right to do that,” a cyclist told The Daily Caller as motorists drove through an opened barrier at a private marina near the Belle Haven Country Club, located just south of Alexandria, Va.

Still, many citizens were stopped by the barriers. Some were blocked because they could not get their boat down the blockaded slips, and others because they were not willing to risk a parking ticket from patrolling police cars.

A family, complete with three kids and a speedboat, found themselves at a scenic overlook 300 feet above the northern end of the river because all the normal slips were blocked. They told TheDC that they would turn back south to search for an unguarded boat ramp.

In several places, Americans gathered together to park in large groups around knocked-aside barriers.

But their respect for the law prevented them from puncturing the water-filled plastic barriers — at least during daylight — that are too heavy to be shoved aside.

GOP governors have also pushed back.

In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker defied the federal edict, and cleared away barriers hindering Americans.

The state “has clarified areas where the federal procedures are over-reaching,” said an email from Cathy Stepp, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

In contrast, the administration’s progressive officials were unapologetic about their massive resistance to public access of the federal parks and memorials.

“Republicans are willing to vote funding to reopen national parks, museums, memorials, veterans’ payments and the D.C. government.  Why is the White House against it?” one reporter asked White House press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday.

“Because… It’s a gimmick and it is unsustainable and it’s not serious,” he insisted.

On Friday, Carney was unable to cite any actions taken by Obama to reduce the government’s blockade of parks or websites.

Jonathan Jarvis, the service director at the National Park Service, insisted Thursday he had no choice but to send officers out to close the parks, overlooks and parking lots because he had to furlough 21,000 park service officers.

“To meet the standard of protection for these places…I had to shut them down,” Jarvis declared in a C-Span “Washington Journal” interview.

Law enforcement officers were stationed around parks and monuments to deter Americans from walking on their government’s turf.

“We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can,” a park ranger told The Washington Times. “It’s disgusting.”

Vice President Joe Biden used a Thursday tweet to applauded a park official who patrolled the perimeter of the World War II monument.

“’I’m proud of you,’ VP called to tell the Park Ranger who was chastised by a GOP Rep today at the WWII Memorial,” said the tweet.

The monument was built to applaud the Americans who destroyed Germany’s Nazi regime and Japan’s militaristic empire.

On the southern end of the riverside parkway, several small overlooks remained blocked by plastic fences, and the Civil War-era Fort Hunt Park was padlocked.

At Roosevelt Island, officials replaced at least one set of lightweight barriers that were visible Saturday with heavy, water-filled barriers that fully blocked the parking lot on Sunday.

On Sunday, just north of Ronald Reagan airport, a police officer parked himself in the road to deter more Americans from joining about 40 trucks, family vans and SUVs that were parked on the grass beside Gravelly Point field. The cop tried to chase away additional autos, but none of the autos parked on the verge showed parking tickets.

TheDC, however, did find a parking ticket on an auto that was parked behind the ersatz gates of a government-owned lot at Mount Vernon, the home of the nation’s first American president.


TOPICS: Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: barrycades
Clearly these baraq-ade crossers are racist: crossing the barrycades are clearly a move to step on African-Americans.

He simply must engage the New Black Panthers (his new civilian force) to secure these sites!

(do I really need to say '/sarc'?)

1 posted on 10/07/2013 2:30:40 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

To paraphrase Woody Guthrie:

As I went walking that Golden Highway
I saw a sign said, “Federal Property”
But on the othe side, it didn’t say nothin’
This land was made for you and me.


2 posted on 10/07/2013 2:38:34 AM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: markomalley

So far, the American people have been taking well mannered, largely individual actions. There needs to be peaceful group civil disobedience with camera crews in attendance. Groups need to take down these barriers and enter the war memorials and other public sites and ask the Park Service rangers if they serve the American people or the tyrant. The Obama foot soldiers must be forced to publically decide who they serve. A wide spread ranger flu is also in order to stop Obama’s machine.


3 posted on 10/07/2013 2:40:14 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: markomalley

A manager once warned me to never create a rule I knew would be universally ignored. (He was talking about a company rule against smoking anywhere on the campus.) Your power, he said, is only in the minds of those you lead. Once they all decide to ignore you on one thing what makes you think they’ll obey you on anything else?

Obama has now created a rule so dumb that it is universally ignored. His power in all things is now called into question.


4 posted on 10/07/2013 2:41:53 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: markomalley

I keep paying taxes - as do most people - until that shuts down - then, yes- keep walking pass the barriers.

This self-appointed king thinks he can tax us and keep us out - he’s wrong!

I think more and more people fully understand THE MISTAKE that will be known as Obama!


5 posted on 10/07/2013 2:42:39 AM PDT by BCW (The War in Iraq - http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: All
In contrast, the administration’s progressive officials
were unapologetic about their massive resistance to
public access of the federal parks and memorials.
ahhh..the newest JBT to join the Dictator (for life) 0'Buttplug's disreputable mob..
they were/are (federally financed) Interstate Highways next?

6 posted on 10/07/2013 2:43:44 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: shibumi

Vice President Joe Biden used a Thursday tweet to applauded a park official who patrolled the perimeter of the World War II monument.

“’I’m proud of you,’ VP called to tell the Park Ranger who was chastised by a GOP Rep today at the WWII Memorial,” said the tweet.


Thus spake The Trashcan Man.


7 posted on 10/07/2013 2:44:19 AM PDT by Salamander (Blue Oyster Cult Will Be The Soundtrack For The Revolution.....)
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To: ModelBreaker

Guthrie was a commie.

http://xroads.virginia.edu/~1930s/radio/woody/bio.html


8 posted on 10/07/2013 2:46:20 AM PDT by Salamander (Blue Oyster Cult Will Be The Soundtrack For The Revolution.....)
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To: Salamander

...so are Democrats. All of them.


9 posted on 10/07/2013 2:48:15 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?

Yep.

Some, however, have the guts to publicly admit it, at least.

http://www.dsausa.org/


10 posted on 10/07/2013 2:54:13 AM PDT by Salamander (Blue Oyster Cult Will Be The Soundtrack For The Revolution.....)
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To: Salamander

I think that if SloJoe Biden said he was proud of me I would immediately have myself cloistered in sackcloth for the duration.


11 posted on 10/07/2013 2:59:59 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: shibumi

I have this creepy suspicion that if you poked him with your finger, flies and roaches would spill out.


12 posted on 10/07/2013 3:01:40 AM PDT by Salamander (Blue Oyster Cult Will Be The Soundtrack For The Revolution.....)
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To: markomalley
When will Americans stand up and say “Enough”? What will it take to make people wake up and see exactly what this administration is doing to our Country? Rhetorical questions I know, but I hope they sleep walking Americans wake up to this tyranny before its too late!
13 posted on 10/07/2013 3:06:44 AM PDT by Shane (When Injustice Becomes Law, RESISTANCE Becomes DUTY.----T.Jefferson)
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To: Salamander
Guthrie was a commie.

Yeah, he was a commie who, among other things, wrote some good songs about America and Americans.

14 posted on 10/07/2013 3:10:52 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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To: luvbach1

Really?

http://www.shmoop.com/this-land-is-your-land/meaning.html


15 posted on 10/07/2013 3:17:06 AM PDT by Salamander (Blue Oyster Cult Will Be The Soundtrack For The Revolution.....)
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To: markomalley
Motorists who pushed through the barriers were applauded by other Americans.

I knew Obama could bring Americans together.

16 posted on 10/07/2013 3:20:18 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Truth29

Go to DC or your nearest Fed park and congregate. Demand attention, use services, disrupt & co-opt.


17 posted on 10/07/2013 4:20:46 AM PDT by wrencher
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To: wrencher

Be sure to fill up the normally unmanned but now armed closed lots and scenic pullovers where cars are being given $95 tickets for illegal parking and evading a police roadblock.


18 posted on 10/07/2013 4:33:59 AM PDT by erlayman
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To: erlayman

Yes, and heave those barackades down the overlook, so the mounties have something to do (recover barackades) rather than block access.


19 posted on 10/07/2013 4:38:49 AM PDT by wrencher
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To: markomalley

The Commies are testing the waters with all these “closures.” It will be interesting to see how far they’re willing to push it, and how far people will push back.


20 posted on 10/07/2013 4:41:26 AM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: markomalley

Pelosi-”Thank God for Occupy”

These people are part of the 99%, and they will “occupy” various National Parks, for a few hours, each Saturday and Sunday!!


21 posted on 10/07/2013 4:48:37 AM PDT by Steven Tyler
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To: markomalley

blockading scenic overlooks along highways? Note exactly patrolled by the park police in any memory I have

and sidewalks?

way beyond the pale

Who does president buttswab think he is?
if tenants on federal property are being forced out of their homes and busineses, why are these Chicago grifters still in the WH?


22 posted on 10/07/2013 4:52:41 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: markomalley
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23 posted on 10/07/2013 5:29:30 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: markomalley
Vice President Joe Biden used a Thursday tweet to applauded a park official who patrolled the perimeter of the World War II monument. “’I’m proud of you,’ VP called to tell the Park Ranger who was chastised by a GOP Rep today at the WWII Memorial,” said the tweet. The monument was built to applaud the Americans who destroyed Germany’s Nazi regime and Japan’s militaristic empire.

WWII memorial was built to commemorate sacrifices of Americans to destroy military dictatorships which oppressed any dissent. Now we are one.

24 posted on 10/07/2013 5:44:36 AM PDT by Flick Lives (The U.S. is dead to me.)
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To: Flick Lives

God Bless the USA!

25 posted on 10/07/2013 5:46:45 AM PDT by OwenKellogg (Checks and Balances: Use them or lose them!)
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To: Salamander
Yes, really. I know Guthrie's songs were socialist/communist protest songs but he had an undeniable poetic talent and some of his lyrics (not the entire songs) have merit apart from his propaganda. This Land is Your Land... is one of them. I don't think it's necessary to dismiss Guthrie's talent and songs entirely because of his politics.
26 posted on 10/07/2013 5:52:59 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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To: luvbach1

Many Commies were/are talented. So what?


27 posted on 10/07/2013 6:35:31 AM PDT by Henry Hnyellar
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To: Gen.Blather

A good rule to follow. It has often been said that Americans were by habit law abiding people prior to prohibition of alcohol. That was too much, people ignored it and many say that a new culture of disregard for the law began at that point. Richard Nixon of course said on TV that we can’t have people deciding what laws to follow and what laws not to follow all the while he was himself doing exactly that. Now we have a government which totally disregards the law while expecting the citizens to somehow obey the law even as they have made the laws so complex and contradictory that even a lawyer cannot figure out what they mean in many cases. I was trying to explain to a young neighbor last week that it is now IMPOSSIBLE to actually be a law abiding citizen no matter how hard you try. I don’t think she ever fully understood what I was saying.

In short, if you were genius enough to be able to learn and decipher all the laws you could not obey one without breaking another in the process.


28 posted on 10/07/2013 7:19:51 AM PDT by RipSawyer (The TREE currently falling on you actually IS worse than a Bush.)
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To: OwenKellogg

Thank you for the photos.. where is this specifically?


29 posted on 10/07/2013 7:35:04 AM PDT by geologist ("If you love me, keep my commands" .... John 14 :15)
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To: Salamander

“Guthrie was a commie.”

I know. But I don’t mind rewriting his songs to serve nobler purposes. It would annoy him no end.


30 posted on 10/07/2013 8:33:38 AM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: markomalley

FUBO and your Barrycades.


31 posted on 10/07/2013 9:24:17 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: geologist

World War II Memorial on Saturday.

Come join us next Sunday!


32 posted on 10/07/2013 3:35:57 PM PDT by OwenKellogg (Checks and Balances: Use them or lose them!)
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