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Civil Disobedience Starts as Citizens Storm ‘Barrycades’
Townhall.com ^ | October 7, 2013 | John Ransom

Posted on 10/07/2013 3:47:01 AM PDT by Kaslin

The Greatest Generation came through again.

Faced with a weak, childish and irresponsible tyranny, with some of them in wheelchairs, the old soldiers went over Obama’s Barrycades with the easy nonchalance of people who have been there before.

It was a group of Mississippi gulf-coast World War II veterans, outraged by administration contempt on closing the World War II monument, who were flown up via the Honor Flight Network, a private organization that they say was “created solely to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices. We transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials.”

Their memorials, we should always emphasize.

It's something politicians in D.C. forgot too long ago, with the possible exception of Barack Obama, who never knew it to begin with.

Obama’s idea of sacrifice is sitting down with other duly-elected officials and hammering out a budget that works for everyone.

Or perhaps his idea of sacrifice is giving a speech about the shutdown without a teleprompter.

It certainly is a sacrifice for the rest of us, with or without a teleprompter.

Obama Against Strikes

“They fought a war and flew in at dawn from Mississippi,” writes the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, “so a few barricades provoked little more than shrugs from the 91 World War II veterans who crossed political lines Tuesday to walk and wheel around their memorial on the historic National Mall.”

The Republican National Committee offered to pay expenses to “keep the monument open.”

That offer was promptly rejected by the president.

If you’ve never been there, you might not know that the World War II Memorial stands on the National Mall, midway between the Lincoln Memorial and Congress. It was built primarily with private donations.

Not since president Herbert Hoover expelled the Bonus Marchers from government land in July of 1932 on his way to being defeated by Franklin Roosevelt has a government looked so ungrateful to veterans.

There is no gate to go through, no way to “close” it, except by erecting barricades. Like all the monuments on the mall, it was designed to encourage people to wonder through it without hindrance, kind of in line with that crazy American idea called “freedom.”

But that didn’t stop the administration from trying to strengthen the defenses.

Because the next brilliant chess move for Obama administration was to kick about 60 families out of the Lake Mead National Recreation area who have homes there. These families made the terrible mistake of leasing land from the government.

When you and I lease land, we have to stick to the lease. When the government does it, apparently they can kick you out when they want.

“I wouldn’t call it a government shutdown,” Bob Hitchcock, 71, a homeowner who leases land from the government told the Las Vegas Review-Tribune. “I’d call it a government meltdown. If my kids ever acted like these politicians are acting — it’s probably not politically correct to say this anymore — but I’d beat the crap out of them, then send them to their rooms.”

Hancock points out that during the last government shutdown, in 1995 under Clinton, leaseholders weren’t asked to leave federal land.

Boaters, families and others from the community plan on protesting the move with a boat parade down the Las Vegas Strip.

“Lake Mead is closed during the shutdown,” reports local KTNV TV, “and boaters are preparing for a different type of protest. Dozens of people will be towing their boats down the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday night to stage a protest against Lake Mead being closed. They said there is no reason for the government to close the lake since tax dollars, park permits and registration fees have already paid to keep the place open.”

But that didn't stop Obama from trying to close the ocean too.

As our own Michael Schaus wrote on Sunday:

Over 1,100 square miles of ocean has been declared off limits to the public in the Florida Bay. Apparently, unknown to most Americans, allowing boats to meander into open water is a cost that has proven to be unsustainable in the event of a government shutdown. Well. . . At least that’s according to the National Park Service.

Earlier this week, Jon Stewart, the sometimes comedian and full time flack for the progressives called the government shutdown a “catastrophe%$.”

And it has been for Obama so far.

“It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington told the Washington Times of the administration harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

Obama’s has forgotten what no president ought to forget: The chief executive is the most recognized figure in any political crisis. He’s expected to lead, not pout. In any battle with Congress that has a negative impact on citizens, the president who does not lead risks looking childish.

American‘s are reacting as adults are supposed to react to a child's temper tantrum.

We’re ignoring it.

And here’s a rule no patriot ought not forget: When the chief executive tries to enforce rules no one will follow, and everyone protests, he looks not just weak, but wrong as well.

Take courage from our soldiers, storm the barrycades, return to your homes, and sail on the ocean.

The government's overreaction is the very thing that will save our country.

There is only one answer to this weak, childish tyranny: Disobedience.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: barrycades; governmentshutdown; govtshutdown; lakemead; nationalparkservice; worldwarllmemorial; wwiimemorial
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1 posted on 10/07/2013 3:47:01 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

The revolt has begun.


2 posted on 10/07/2013 3:49:30 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Kaslin

3 posted on 10/07/2013 3:50:47 AM PDT by Salamander (Blue Oyster Cult Will Be The Soundtrack For The Revolution.....)
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To: Kaslin

These people storming the baraq-ades are nothing but racist!

(/sarc <— if I really need to say that)


4 posted on 10/07/2013 3:51:43 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: Biggirl

5 posted on 10/07/2013 3:52:50 AM PDT by Salamander (Blue Oyster Cult Will Be The Soundtrack For The Revolution.....)
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To: Biggirl

The MSM will keep it quiet about the revolt until the feds shoot someone, or run over someone in a wheelchair.


6 posted on 10/07/2013 3:54:46 AM PDT by RadiationRomeo (Step into my mind and glimpse the madness that is me)
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To: RadiationRomeo

That is why we have the “new media” to do the needed counter-report.


7 posted on 10/07/2013 3:55:32 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: markomalley
I'm waiting for some talking head on tv to say just that. These idiot liberals are so predictable.
8 posted on 10/07/2013 3:58:10 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Kaslin

The park rangers need to start calling in sick. They need to choose sides between Americans and the Obama Regime.


9 posted on 10/07/2013 3:58:40 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Truth29

BINGO!! The Park Rangers have been THUGS.


10 posted on 10/07/2013 4:00:16 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Ann Archy
They may be young men and women with families to feed.

Can you imagine how kindly our Pouter-In-Chief would react to insubordination!

These rangers may have little choice.

11 posted on 10/07/2013 4:09:46 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Tried to tell 'em Affirmative Action was a bad idea...Now look what happened!)
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To: Ann Archy

NPS is filled with tree hugging Democrats.


12 posted on 10/07/2013 4:12:30 AM PDT by JohnnyP
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To: Ann Archy

Never noticed before they all wear brown shirts.


13 posted on 10/07/2013 4:12:52 AM PDT by svcw (obama lied my plan died)
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To: Aevery_Freeman

You always have a choice...


14 posted on 10/07/2013 4:29:25 AM PDT by seeker41 (take your country back by whatever means necessary)
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To: Kaslin

Ignoring the Barrycades is not civil disobedience. The action is merely failing to acknowledge Obama’s tyranny.


15 posted on 10/07/2013 4:31:22 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: Salamander

I love that graphic.


16 posted on 10/07/2013 4:31:22 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: seeker41
You always have a choice...

Preach it, Brother!

17 posted on 10/07/2013 4:33:07 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ("Life is short. It's even shorter if you suggest going out for pizza on your anniversary" Peter Egan)
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To: BwanaNdege

How bout sister;^)


18 posted on 10/07/2013 4:34:21 AM PDT by seeker41 (take your country back by whatever means necessary)
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To: Nervous Tick

Me too...swiped it off’n Facebook...:)


19 posted on 10/07/2013 4:35:52 AM PDT by Salamander (Blue Oyster Cult Will Be The Soundtrack For The Revolution.....)
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To: Salamander

There are some talented photoshoppers out there. That’s first-rate work. The kind of stuff you don’t leave lying around if you don’t want it stolen. :-)


20 posted on 10/07/2013 4:40:44 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Salamander
If only they would ...

Our warriors are too afraid to act ... or even REact ... on their own for fear of severe reprisals.

21 posted on 10/07/2013 4:43:06 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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National parks outside of DC:

State governors order the national guard to station 24/7 and arrest any federal employees that might hamper the free egress of the states citizens using state property. Lets see some M16 or shotgun armed park rangers face up against an APC with some M4s.


22 posted on 10/07/2013 4:45:14 AM PDT by USCG SimTech (Honored to serve since '71)
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To: Aevery_Freeman
Have YOU ever been under conviction about some thing?

Have you ever been so thoughtful that you determined you'd change your day to day ... or the way you think?

If the rangers are not thoughtful about what they are doing ... they are the enemy.

23 posted on 10/07/2013 4:46:08 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Kaslin

> There is only one answer to this weak, childish tyranny: Disobedience.

I suggest the peaceful civil disobedience should extend to O-care. If no one signs up, it will collapse like a cheap card table.


24 posted on 10/07/2013 4:46:33 AM PDT by TerriHaute
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To: Salamander

Bump for stealing graphic


25 posted on 10/07/2013 4:48:19 AM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: Aevery_Freeman

Perhaps but it’s scary how easily some people will obey orders without question.

Today barricades, tomorrow boxcars?


26 posted on 10/07/2013 4:49:38 AM PDT by GatorGirl (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Salamander

Saw something similar in the “Day by Day” comic last night. He called it “Obamaha Beach.”


27 posted on 10/07/2013 4:51:14 AM PDT by madison10
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To: Truth29
They need to choose sides between Americans and the Obama Regime.

It is the rare (rare to the point of being non-existent) government employee who will choose the right thing to do over his/her paycheck. This is sort of an advance warning for those of you who think that police will fail to enforce gun confiscation orders when those come down from Hanoi on the Potomac

28 posted on 10/07/2013 4:52:24 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: TerriHaute

I agree completely


29 posted on 10/07/2013 4:55:28 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Salamander

“Don’t Fear the Reaper”?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IM0im3V8HlU

All our times have come
Here but now they’re gone
Seasons don’t fear the reaper
Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain..we can be like they are
Come on baby...don’t fear the reaper
Baby take my hand...don’t fear the reaper
We’ll be able to fly...don’t fear the reaper
Baby I’m your man...

Valentine is done
Here but now they’re gone
Romeo and Juliet
Are together in eternity...Romeo and Juliet
40,000 men and women everyday...Like Romeo and Juliet
40,000 men and women everyday...Redefine happiness
Another 40,000 coming everyday...We can be like they are
Come on baby...don’t fear the reaper
Baby take my hand...don’t fear the reaper
We’ll be able to fly...don’t fear the reaper
Baby I’m your man...

Love of two is one
Here but now they’re gone
Came the last night of sadness
And it was clear she couldn’t go on
Then the door was open and the wind appeared
The candles blew then disappeared
The curtains flew then he appeared...saying don’t be afraid
Come on baby...and she had no fear
And she ran to him...then they started to fly
They looked backward and said goodby...she had become like they are
She had taken his hand...she had become like they are
Come on baby...don’t fear the reaper


30 posted on 10/07/2013 4:56:45 AM PDT by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: Kaslin

31 posted on 10/07/2013 4:57:22 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Aevery_Freeman
These rangers may have little choice.

Sure they have choices.

  1. call in sick.
  2. Simply wander off someplace and take a nap
  3. quit.
  4. Volunteer fo unpaid time off to save the government money
Just to list a few. It isn't like they're soldiers in wartime who will be shot for disobeying an order. The sad, but not in the least surprising thing is that they are apparently following orders without question. It makes you wonder just what other orders they'd follow without question.
32 posted on 10/07/2013 4:59:09 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: thackney

Actually those figures cast in bronze would make a great enhancement to the memorial.


33 posted on 10/07/2013 4:59:37 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Truth29

They Park Rangers have already chosen which side that they will be on. It is the side that is paying their salaries.


34 posted on 10/07/2013 5:00:02 AM PDT by sport
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To: GatorGirl; knarf; seeker41
While I understand your points, please have some compassion for the poor slobs caught in the middle.

They did not necessarily ask to have such a spiteful, petulant fool as an employer - some did, some did not.

Giving up ones livelihood is a commitment not entered into lightly.

Your venom should be aimed at the misbegotten son of an anarchist slut and a drunken, womanizing Kenyan, not his underlings.

WWJD

35 posted on 10/07/2013 5:03:03 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Tried to tell 'em Affirmative Action was a bad idea...Now look what happened!)
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To: Aevery_Freeman

“These rangers may have little choice.”

Tough situations are called ‘tough’ for a reason. They ought to set an example for those families they are so worried about, an example that looks at the long term rather than the short term. They’re going to have to any way since that is the nature of these situations.


36 posted on 10/07/2013 5:05:50 AM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: Kaslin

Does Harry Reid think these men are dangerous anarchist?


37 posted on 10/07/2013 5:15:16 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: Aevery_Freeman

The choice is between security and liberty.

There’s a famous quote in that regard...


38 posted on 10/07/2013 5:17:40 AM PDT by EBH ( The Day of the Patriot has arrived.)
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To: from occupied ga
Good morning.

It makes you wonder just what other orders they'd follow without question.

No wondering, if given orders to shoot civilians, they (i.e. military, LEOs, etc.), will shoot.

Having said that, a note to the NSA, and all who are reading this: The canard, "just following orders," will get you a front row seat at a future Nuremberg trial. And trust me, rope and trees will be plentiful.

5.56mm

39 posted on 10/07/2013 5:18:30 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: GatorGirl
...it’s scary how easily some people will obey orders without question.

Just following orders is a great way to not think about what you're doing.
40 posted on 10/07/2013 5:19:29 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (http://jonah2eight.blogspot.com/)
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To: markomalley

Obama is trying to turn the city into the equivalent of the Ming Dynasty’s Forbidden City. First cancelling white house tours for commoners, and now closing memorials. It is a wonder that he didn’t try this stunt with sequestration.


41 posted on 10/07/2013 5:24:50 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: Aevery_Freeman

OMG....”I was only following orders”!!! The families will NOT starve...land they won’t be kicked out of their houses unless they live on GOVT. Property!!


42 posted on 10/07/2013 5:35:20 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Aevery_Freeman

No sympathy from me. I will not be shamed!

I have made many difficult choices in life that impacted my security and my families financial stability. Why, because it was the right thing to do and the Lord always provided even when I doubted.

Sometimes you must do the right thing...no matter what the consequences...it is called Faith...


43 posted on 10/07/2013 5:38:18 AM PDT by seeker41 (take your country back by whatever means necessary)
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To: Kaslin

44 posted on 10/07/2013 5:38:41 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Ann Archy

“BINGO!! The Park Rangers have been THUGS.”

Comrade Stalin would be proud, very proud indeed!
(And he would probably smile that sly smile of his.)

IMHO


45 posted on 10/07/2013 5:39:55 AM PDT by ripley
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To: Aevery_Freeman
please have some compassion for the poor slobs caught in the middle

How about some "compassion" for those who are being victimized by the park service? How far doe you compassion for government employees "just following orders" go? If they're carrying out the will of the petulant narcissist in the white house they're part of the problem.

46 posted on 10/07/2013 5:53:27 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Salamander

Thanks for the cool picture. Is that available to blow-up for a poster?


47 posted on 10/07/2013 5:56:26 AM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (You hear it here first.)
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To: Kaslin
Faced with a weak, childish and irresponsible tyranny, with some of them in wheelchairs, the old soldiers went over Obama’s Barrycades with the easy nonchalance of people who have been there before.

Truly a symbolic moment as these soldiers retake the high ground from a petty leftist President.

48 posted on 10/07/2013 6:00:18 AM PDT by alrea
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To: from occupied ga

What was your latest act of defiance?


49 posted on 10/07/2013 6:02:39 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Tried to tell 'em Affirmative Action was a bad idea...Now look what happened!)
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To: M Kehoe

“... they (i.e. military, LEOs, etc.), will shoot...”

LEO’s, I agree...Not so much the rank and file military....


50 posted on 10/07/2013 6:04:23 AM PDT by Boonie
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