Skip to comments.The Park Police
Posted on 10/10/2013 2:26:49 PM PDT by xzins
We are a nation that has a governmentnot the other way around.
The conduct of the National Park Service over the last week might be the biggest scandal of the Obama administration. This is an expansive claim, of course. Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the IRS, the NSA, the HHS mandatethis is an administration that has not lacked for appalling abuses of power. And we still have three years to go.
Even so, consider the actions of the National Park Service since the government shutdown began. People first noticed what the NPS was up to when the World War II Memorial on the National Mall was closed. Just to be clear, the memorial is an open plaza. There is nothing to operate. Sometimes there might be a ranger standing around. But hes not collecting tickets or opening gates. Putting up barricades and posting guards to close the World War II Memorial takes more resources and manpower than keeping it open.
The closure of the World War II Memorial was just the start of the Park Services partisan assault on the citizenry. Theres a cute little historic site just outside of the capital in McLean, Virginia, called the Claude Moore Colonial Farm. They do historical reenactments, and once upon a time the National Park Service helped run the place. But in 1980, the NPS cut the farm out of its budget. A group of private citizens set up an endowment to take care of the farms expenses. Ever since, the site has operated independently through a combination of private donations and volunteer workers.
The Park Service told Claude Moore Colonial Farm to shut down.
The farms administrators appealed this directivethey explained that the Park Service doesnt actually do anything for the historic site. The folks at the NPS were unmoved. And so, last week, the National Park Service found the scratch to send officers to the park to forcibly remove both volunteer workers and visitors.
Think about that for a minute. The Park Service, which is supposed to serve the public by administering parks, is now in the business of forcing parks they dont administer to close. As Homer Simpson famously asked, did we lose a war?
Were not done yet. The parking lot at Mount Vernon was closed by the NPS, too, even though the Park Service does not own Mount Vernon; it just controls access to the parking lots from the George Washington Parkway. At the Vietnam Memorialwhich is just a wall you walk pastthe NPS called in police to block access. But the pièce de résistance occurred in South Dakota. The Park Service wasnt content just to close Mount Rushmore. No, they went the extra mile and put out orange cones to block the little scenic overlook areas on the roads near Mount Rushmore. You know, just to make sure no taxpayers could catch a glimpse of it.
Its one thing for politicians to play shutdown theater. Its another thing entirely for a civil bureaucracy entrusted with the privilege of caring for our national heritage to wage war against the citizenry on behalf of a political party.
This is how deep the politicization of Barack Obamas administration goes. The Park Service falls under the Department of the Interior, and its director is a political appointee. Historically, the directorship has been nonpartisan and the service has functioned as a civil, not a political, unit. Before the current director, Jonathan Jarvis, was nominated by President Obama, hed spent 30 years as a civil servant. But he has taken to his political duties with all the fervor of a third-tier hack from the DNC, marrying the disinterested contempt of a meter maid with the zeal of an ambitious party apparatchik.
Its worth recalling that the Park Service has always been deeply ambivalent about the public which theyre charged with serving. In a 2005 Weekly Standard piece about the NPSs plan to reconfigure the National Mall, Andrew Ferguson reported:
The Park Services ultimate desire was made public, indiscreetly, by John Parsons, associate regional park director for the mall. In 2000 Parsons told the Washington Post he hoped that eventually all unauthorized traffic, whether by foot or private car, would be moved off the mall. Visitors could park in distant satellite lots and be bused to nodal points, where they would be watered and fed, allowed to tour a monument, and then reboard a bus and head for another monument. Just like at Disneyland, Parsons told the Post. Nobody drives through Disneyland. Theyre not allowed. And weve got the better theme park.
Yes, yes. They must protect Americas treasures from the ugly Americans. No surprise then that one park ranger explained to the Washington Times last week, Weve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can.
To make life as difficult for people as we canthat would be an apt motto for the Obama worldview. And now even the misanthropes at the National Park Service have been yoked to his project. This is the clearest example yet of how the president understands the relationship between his government and the citizenry.
Weve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can.
That in itself should be an impeachable offense.
We have a very petulant “king” for a President, who will not tolerate dissent from the little people (us).
It would be a dynamite video for upcoming elections (although career ending) if the guy who said that would do it on camera.
Let`s put this president into park.
Its time for House Republicans to punish the NPS for its actions during the shutdown. I have no problem targeting Park employees pay...make them feel the pain.
Tarring and feathering is warranted for these abuses of power.
When they ‘closed’ the WWII Memorial I posted that those doing it should be fired.
Boy, was I pilloried by Freepers. Mostly those who work as government contractors and were whining about being furloughed.
The punishing of innocent Americans by President Obama are evidence that he is unstable and unable to govern, are they not?
No sane and rational person carries out such unjustified acts against WWII veterans, Vietnam veterans, and visitors to our National Parks. It is unprecedented, unjustified, and aggressive behavior to hurt hundreds, if not thousands, of innocent people.
What is going on? What have these people done to warrant such vicious and outrageous behavior by our government? Are they the "enemies" of President Obama? What country is our President representing?
Or you can stop trying to incite others to violence that you yourself aren’t prepared to take part in.
Park Service Rangers are the original jack booted thugs. These guys should not be allowed to carry guns. I heard they have closed their wildlife refuges also - exactly how does it take government funds to see ducks and deer? Its time to take our country back. All of these parks should be turned over to the states or private business so they can be run correctly.
A month ago I would’ve disagreed with you but what a difference a month makes! You are most correct.
Sure is a lot of hyperbole and inciting going on...thought I had got caught in a warp of some kind and ended up at the DUmp where they promote this kind of garbage.
It's still the finest form of representative govt that Saudi oil money can buy!
To answer your question. We are vassals of the house of saud!