Skip to comments.Obama’s Shutdown: Parks for Amnesty Activists Only
Posted on 10/08/2013 5:09:41 AM PDT by SJackson
- FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com -
Obama’s Shutdown: Parks for Amnesty Activists Only
Posted By Matthew Vadum On October 8, 2013 @ 12:55 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment
But the lawless Obama administration is granting an indulgence to its radical friends who support immigration amnesty and tearing down the nation’s borders.
As Charlie Spiering reports in the Washington Examiner, the Caudillo-in-Chief is allowing the “Camino Americano: March for Immigration Reform” rally to proceed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., today even though signs inform visitors that the Mall is closed because of the federal government shutdown.
“About 30 members of Congress are expected to attend the rally, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.,” Spiering writes. “The event is hosted by several immigration activist groups, together with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the AFL-CIO.”
Acting on the authority of the Alinskyite Chicago thug temporarily occupying the White House, the jackbooted National Park Service told charter boat captains in Florida that 1,100 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean are “closed” because of the government shutdown. Until the shutdown ends, fishing boats are banned.
Under orders from Obama to generate maximum pain, federal law enforcement officers have also been blocking access to open-air national monuments such as Mount Rushmore, various war memorials, and taxpayer-supported public spaces across the nation. Veterans have been committing acts of civil disobedience by storming the “barrycades” that block public access to open-air war memorials.
The NPS has also shuttered privately owned restaurants, inns, and marinas around the country using paid armed guards while simultaneously maintaining it lacks the funding and labor force to do so. Some in Congress are demanding hearings on these Obama administration abuses.
In a particularly outrageous case that is the very definition of fascism, that is, private ownership under government control, 77-year-old Joyce Spencer and her 80-year-old husband Ralph were evicted from the home they own in Lake Mead, Nevada, that happens to sit on federal land. Heartless Obama bureaucrats said property owners there are allowed to visit their own property only to retrieve belongings.
“Unfortunately overnight stays are not permitted until a budget is passed and the park can reopen,” the NPS explained.
Over in the Left’s parallel universe, evil, intransigent Republicans are preventing President Obama from getting the public funds he needs to walk on water, heal the lame and sick, and provide nutritious school lunches for multitudes of needy children who can’t survive without the largesse of Uncle Sam. This is barely, of course, an exaggeration as leftists in the media and elsewhere keep churning out the kind of cartoonish propaganda we’ve come to expect from Third World socialist dictatorships.
But back in the real world, time marches on as infantile Democrats histrionically whine about imagined Republican obstructionism, all the while turning foot-stomping into an art.
With Mussolini-like resolve, President Obama continues to harangue House Republicans, robotically accusing them of refusing to hold votes or compromise on spending resolutions that could re-open shuttered portions of the government. In reality, a week after the new federal fiscal year began, only House Republicans have been holding votes or offering compromises to the other side.
It is the Senate, which is in the death grip of Obama’s fellow Democrats, that is refusing to act. As Obama tries to collapse the stock market, taunting investors by saying they “should be worried” about current budget negotiations, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) continues to function as brick wall. Reid is preventing senators from considering a slew of temporary funding measures approved by the House in the last few days that are aimed at re-opening parts of the federal government.
Public opinion polls, which, on complex public policy questions can be as scientific as soothsayers of antiquity reading bird entrails, nonetheless suggest the public isn’t buying the facile argument that the shutdown is entirely the handiwork of Republican lawmakers.
A Fox News poll unveiled Friday shows Democrats and GOPers sharing the blame for the shutdown. In the survey 25 percent of respondents blamed House Speaker John Boehner and 24 percent blamed Obama. According to Big Journalism’s John Nolte, this is “[m]ore proof this is not 1995. The GOP were losing 2-to-1 during that shutdown.”
A CNN poll from yesterday says 63 percent of Americans are angry at Republicans, while 57 percent are angry at Democrats. An ABC/Washington Post poll says 55 percent of registered voters disapprove of Obama’s handling of the shutdown, compared to 43 percent who approve of it.
President Obama is doing all these horrible, petty, irritating things like needlessly shutting down national parks in order to rankle voters in the hope they’ll blame Republicans for the ongoing government shutdown. Liberals, in typical fashion, predict apocalypse because of the shutdown.
The Obama approach is called the “Washington Monument Strategy.” The theory is that such minor annoyances amplify the consequences of budget cuts, or in this case, of the government shutdown. The goal is to force congressional Republicans to surrender their principles and agree to fund Obamacare — and in the process look wimpy and lose the support of their grassroots.
The Washington Monument Strategy easily fits into the world of community organizing.
Rules for Radicals author Saul Alinsky taught that the community organizers first job is community disorganization by which he meant the manufacture of crises designed to inflame the community. The organizer must create the issues or problems. He must rub raw the resentments of the people of the community and then direct its rage at specific targets and scapegoats, providing a channel into which the people can angrily pour their frustrations.
Obama is on a drive to turn America into a one-party state, so naturally his wrath is directed at Republicans. The GOP makes for an easy target because Obama knows the mainstream media won’t blame him for anything bad that happens no matter how painfully obvious his culpability may be.
Amazingly, the House Republicans, who have a record of caving in when Obama applies pressure, are holding firm and appear to be digging in for a prolonged fight.
Speaker Boehner actually accused Obama of playing games.
It’s a new day in America.
Its Obama and his regime just trying to start a fight. Divide and conquer.
These people really are the scum of the earth
I think he is actually giving illegals a victory lap around our federal land. I think he believes he has dominated Americans and now he is showing off for the world and for our enemies.
There will be lasting harm to the NPS from the Obama pain strategy. The park rangers have literally become Obama’s brown shirts and the local communities will not forget. Post the pictures and names of these functionaries so that they may be shunned.
I agree: the Park Service has lost all the respect I used to have for them. They’re enthusiastically in the tank to do what their leaders bid. De-fund the NPS anybody? Is there a petition?
> In a particularly outrageous case that is the very definition of fascism, that is, private ownership under government control, 77-year-old Joyce Spencer and her 80-year-old husband Ralph were evicted from the home they own in Lake Mead, Nevada, that happens to sit on federal land. Heartless Obama bureaucrats said property owners there are allowed to visit their own property only to retrieve belongings.
How heartless does one have to be to stoop this low? I lay odds that if this older couple were black they’d never have been evicted. I suggest the Republican Party get this couple on TV for an interview ASAP to show the American people how THEY will be treated once this arrogant POS disarms them or stays in office for 3 more years. Its only going to get worse and we all know it.
This proves what we’ve said about him all along.
“Should the political winds shift in unfavorable direction against undocumented Americans demanding concessions from American citizens rest assured not only will I stand with the foreigners over the Americans I will use all the powers of my office to ensure that they will subjugate Americans to their authority.”
He may not speak like this yet publicly but rest assured it’s coming. You OWE the third world reparations and you Will defer to them here in America and you Will pay reparations to both those who are here and those in their home countries.
How about a “private” park service? You already must pay to get in “our” national parks. Some are $12.00 to $15.00 last time I went.
Privately managed, they might be able to survive independently on entrance fees and concessions if the government weren’t involved.
Great idea, but the GOP will probably miss the opportunity. The Democrats always seem to be so much better at messaging and keeping on message and unified.
I’ll never understand how anyone can defend this.
Now is the time for the House to pass a funding for the national parks bill and send it to the Senate. If the Senate fails to vote on it, like the other bills that have been passed, it would be a key talking point that many Americans could relate to. Two Philadelphia area stories, closing the City Tavern (a private business in a govt owned building) and the $100 fine given a jogger yesterday in Valley Forge Park have made the news on CBS local TV affiliate.
This is intentional provocation by Obama. When patriotic Americans get tired of stewing in their rage, most will simply become disheartened . Eventually, some will pop off and do something violent and the media will pounce. It’s a win/win for the Alinskyites. We must organize and overwhelm them with our numbers before its too late.
You are correct. The left will push and push until they get a response.
The media will only show pics of our punch, not the punch from the left that starts it.
Then we need to learn from our mistakes, adapt, counter, develop new tactics and strategies, and go on the offensive
And record everything. The media may not show it, but the internet has a lot of place to post videos.
If you read the Coyote Blog, you’ll see that Warren Meyers’ company does exactly that for 100 or so state parks in the Southwest and he actually turns a profit back to the states. He’s pretty frustrated right now by being told to close down his operations in many places that require little or no daily oversight activities by the owning authorities.
The owning authorities = Americans that own them and pay taxes? (/sarcasm off)
Can any lawyers chime in on this?
Seems like the NPS actions in closing private businesses are obviously arbitrary and capricious if they are allowing this. Doesn’t this give them a solid cause of action?
I’m not a lawyer, but when I hear arbitrary and capricious used in the correct context, I know lawyers ears perk up. They droop realizing the perpetrator is the US Government, hard to sue, not a private developer. But yes, I’m sure they have a cause of action. I have to think in the context of all these abuses, there’s an underlying legal agreement which either allows or in most cases bars the shutdowns. Wisconsin cited agreements in denying Barry’s attempt to shut down state parks and boat launches on federal land.
Haven't posted for this list for awhile, sorry, I'll correct that. This issue seems relevant, and I wanted to relate my experience.
jsanders2001: How heartless does one have to be to stoop this low?
Pentagon Leatherneck :There will be lasting harm to the NPS from the Obama pain strategy. The park rangers have literally become Obamas brown shirts and the local communities will not forget...If you read the Coyote Blog, youll see that Warren Meyers company does exactly that for 100 state parks in the Southwest and he actually turns a profit back to the states.
listenhillary: How about a private park service? You already must pay to get in our national parks. Some are $12.00 to $15.00 last time I went.
Hoboken:This is intentional provocation by Obama
To Leatherneck, I wouldn't blame the rangers, I hope the attitude of most is what I'll post later. But listenhillary, Leatherneck is correct that there's already a great deal of "private" park activity, and it's being shut down. As to the fees, you're right, though $12-$15 sound like daily entry fees, pre campground or backcountry fees. I'll note that the PX at Andrews Air Force is shut down, are are the restaurants. But Barry's golf course remains open, the offered rationale that it's fee based. On that basis, parks should be open.
jsanders2001, as heartless as a community organizer confronting his enemies, in this case the citizens of the United States.
During one of the Clinton era shutdown I was on a week or 10 day long backpacking trip with my son in the southwest. Don't remember all the details, but the attitude of rangers was sad but positive. All told be to go where I want in the backcountry and on park land, not an issue as it is today. Major facilities, lodges and welcome centers were closed, but in one case a ranger told me where to park and how to access a preexisting cut in the fence around a ruin site. He was clear that it's documented it was damaged before I was there, and I've a right to be on park land. He may not have been completely correct, don't know, but it was a nice gesture I enjoyed.
Unlike Parks and Monuments, I don't remember any restrictions in National Forest land, which would be absurd. We were moving around every few days, I recall spending a nite or two in campgrounds which I certain weren't State Parks. Forest campgrounds must have been open.
But that was under Clinton, not a favorite of mine. But he wasn't attempting to extract the last ounce of pain from the citizenry for pleasure. Political gain, sure, he'd do that.
Some friends and I are heading to the Red River Gorge National Recreation Area this weekend. The Natural Bridge State Park is still open, but I don’t know about the Gorge.
A 17% cut in federal spending is dramatic, but doesn't shut down government. And most people I talk to don't see the problem. Barry and Michelle haven't moved back to their dream home in Chicago, and won't be any time soon.
Cut the cuts by half, cut government by another 8% this year. We'll see how it works out, the golf course at Andrews will always be open.
Why is anyone surprised by this?
This is liberalism when left unchecked.
Opponents are harassed (IRS, Veterans arrested) while supporters get a free pass (amnesty rally on the Mall, no fines for raptor deaths from wind turbines)
Now, imagine what they will do when they can decide if you get a transplant or specialized treatment. Your donor and political history will play a big role in those decisions.
Betcha Greta would love to interview these people.