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Veterans toss aside memorial barricades, march on White House
The Daily Caller ^ | 10-13-2013 | Katie McHugh

Posted on 10/13/2013 1:50:40 PM PDT by servo1969


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Veterans from all over the country gathered at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Sunday morning to protest the closure of the memorials during the partial government shutdown, throwing barricades placed in front of the memorials aside in heaps.

Organized by Brats for Veterans Advocacy, the Million Vet March on the Memorials drew in a crowd of vocal veterans fed up with the federal government’s shutdown decisions waving enormous American and “Don’t Treat On Me” flags and signs.

“I’m totally, thoroughly disgusted in our government’s decision to close these monuments,” said retired Army Green Beret Mike Freeman, who served in Vietnam.

Retired Master Sergeant Jim Hanson also expressed his anger with the closures, telling The Daily Caller that veterans have every right to visit memorials erected in their honor.

“It’s a disgrace to close this memorial,” Hanson said, indicating the World War II memorial. “It cost more to close it than to let the veterans pay their respects. The government is not in charge of keeping people out of monuments that were put here in their own honor.”

An African-American vet who asked to remain unnamed was dismayed that patriotic commemorations were caught in partisan crossfire and that more black veterans were not joining in the protest.

“I think that things are getting bad when they can find the money to fund academy football teams but can’t find the money to give to widows and dead soldiers’ families. That’s just wrong,” he said. “My only regret is that there’s not a lot more black veterans here today. It’s not a black or a white thing, it’s not a Republican or a Democrat thing — it’s a right or wrong thing. I’m here today because it’s the right thing to do.”

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee and Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz all made appearances to thank the vets for their service and rail against the Obama administration and the closure of the memorials.

Cruz later blamed Democrats for the ongoing impasse over the partial government shutdown, criticizing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for striking down legislation meant to fund normal functions of government but strip funding from Obamacare.


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“I think the Democrats are trying very hard to change the subject, because they don’t want to discuss the fact that House Republicans have repeatedly voted to fund vital government priorities and President Obama and the Democrats refused to negotiate, refused to compromise for weeks,” Cruz told The Daily Caller. “Legislation that would open every memorial, every federal park has been sitting on Harry Reid’s desk. He refuses to allow the Senate to vote.”

Cruz quickly pivoted back to Obamacare.

“Democrats don’t want to talk about, much less defend Obamacare,” he told TheDC. “Because it isn’t working. Millions of Americans are hurting, so every other discussion the Democrats are trying to have is to try to change the subject from what the American people want, which is we want our government funded and we want to stop the enormous harm Obamacare is causing to millions of Americans.”

U.S. Park Police stood by at first as tractor trailers from the Ride for the Constitution drove around the National Mall, surveying the scene.

“We’ve all got to be smart,” one officer told TheDC. “I’m just glad people are here using their First Amendment rights.”

But police soon began to block the streets, drawing in an angry crowd of veterans and their supporters to chanting and shouts of “Unblock the road!” and “We pay your salary!” A man in a white Buick angrily got out of his car and began challenging one of the protestors, but police separated them before blows could be exchanged. No one was arrested or taken into custody.

A convoy of police trucks prevented the tractor trailers from circling the National Mall. The crowd’s reaction was mixed — some mocked the officers, while others amiably chatted with them. A portion of the crowd broke off from the rest and headed towards the White House, chanting “shame on you” once they reached it.

Veterans piled a heap barricades they carried from the war memorials in front of the White House. Another U.S. park police officer told TheDC the protestors were not permitted to gather in front of the White House and said the situation “would be addressed.”


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This story is developing.

Jake Harris and Whitney Waters contributed to this report.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: barricades; barrycades; cruz; lee; march; memorial; obama; operationwhipcracker; palin; veterans
Huzah!
1 posted on 10/13/2013 1:50:40 PM PDT by servo1969
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To: servo1969

Trick or treat ? Only a progressive would read that as Don’t Treat on Me.


2 posted on 10/13/2013 1:57:04 PM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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To: servo1969

“My only regret is that there’s not a lot more black veterans here today. It’s not a black or a white thing, it’s not a Republican or a Democrat thing”...unfortunately, with 95% of blacks everything is first and foremost a black and white thing...and an anti-Republican thing.


3 posted on 10/13/2013 2:09:48 PM PDT by BarneyCrush
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To: BarneyCrush

Unfortunately, I have found what you say to be true.
For 9 out of 10 blacks in America they are black before they are anything else.
If they are a teacher they are a black teacher.
If they are a doctor they are a black doctor.
If they are a cop they are a black cop.
If they are a CEO they are a black CEO.
If they are a trucker they are a black trucker.
If they are a lawyer they are a black lawyer.

And they actively instruct their children to think the same way.


4 posted on 10/13/2013 2:14:43 PM PDT by servo1969
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To: servo1969
It’s not a black or a white thing, it’s not a Republican or a Democrat thing

Caca.

If that were true, there'd be more than one black in the ranks, Token.

You can put twenty blacks in a row, and the facts are nineteen of them approve, adore, and worship Their Lord And Savior, The Obama, The Messiah, The Won.

5 posted on 10/13/2013 2:22:59 PM PDT by Old Sarge (And Good Evening, Agent Smith, wherever you are...)
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To: servo1969
They were allies in wWII. They had identical goals. Kill the Jews, enslave mankind.

Is it any wonder who's side Hussein is on?


6 posted on 10/13/2013 2:27:12 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Jeremiah 50:32 "The arrogant one will stumble and fall ; / ?)
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To: servo1969

Then the answer is a black nation. An exclusively black nation. Thats what they want and they are going to beef and moan until they get it.


7 posted on 10/13/2013 2:34:25 PM PDT by Molon Labbie (Prep. Now. Live Healthy, take your Shooting Iron daily.)
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To: Old Sarge
You can put twenty blacks in a row, and the facts are nineteen of them approve, adore, and worship Their Lord And Savior, The Obama, The Messiah, The Won.

Well said but I think you're a bit optimistic with the numbers. I think it's more like one in fifty -- if that. The good ones like Thomas Sowell, Ben Carson and Clarence Thomas are few and far between. Even those once held in high esteem, such as Colin Powell and even J.C Watts, have revealed their race-first loyalty.

8 posted on 10/13/2013 2:44:26 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: Molon Labbie

They have one...It’s called Liberia......


9 posted on 10/13/2013 2:44:55 PM PDT by JW1949
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To: servo1969; Liz; AT7Saluki

10 posted on 10/13/2013 2:47:08 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: servo1969
is Barry in the bunker? Now he gets to know a little of what it felt like in Benghazi ... but I see here he called in the troops before one shot was fired ... sleep well you POS

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11 posted on 10/13/2013 3:06:02 PM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: servo1969
is Barry in the bunker? Now he gets to know a little of what it felt like in Benghazi ... but I see here he called in the troops before one shot was fired ... sleep well you POS

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12 posted on 10/13/2013 3:06:07 PM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: servo1969

Well done Gentlemen and Ladies.


13 posted on 10/13/2013 3:07:06 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: Molon Labbie
Then the answer is a black nation. An exclusively black nation. Thats what they want and they are going to beef and moan until they get it.

Well then, I suspect there is going to be a ton of blood shed over it.

14 posted on 10/13/2013 3:07:08 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
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To: Mark17

You could be right. Everything I see is that we certainly are retrograding in the whole integration thing.


15 posted on 10/13/2013 3:18:00 PM PDT by Molon Labbie (Prep. Now. Live Healthy, take your Shooting Iron daily.)
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To: Mark17

You could be right. Everything I see is that we certainly are retrograding in the whole integration thing.


16 posted on 10/13/2013 3:18:07 PM PDT by Molon Labbie (Prep. Now. Live Healthy, take your Shooting Iron daily.)
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To: Molon Labbie

Wow, site is acting up, sorry for the double post folks.


17 posted on 10/13/2013 3:18:47 PM PDT by Molon Labbie (Prep. Now. Live Healthy, take your Shooting Iron daily.)
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To: Molon Labbie
I think you are right, I see more division today than ever before. I do know one thing, there will never be another black president, at least for the next century. This man has destroyed the faith of the country in all men are created equal and the black community has shocked the rest of the country with the fact that they can see no faults in this man or the way he has run the country.

He has ignored the laws, he has appointed those who turn their backs on our constitution, and only a very few stand up to him. I has broken my heart to watch it. I would have never believed it possible, but there it is for all to see.

18 posted on 10/13/2013 3:35:55 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: McGavin999

I wish I could say I agree that there will never be another black president. I think there will be one from here on out.

Black folks by and large simply cannot come out and say this guy has been the worst thing for them.


19 posted on 10/13/2013 3:38:09 PM PDT by Molon Labbie (Prep. Now. Live Healthy, take your Shooting Iron daily.)
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To: Molon Labbie

You wish? So you won’t consider voting for Dr. Ben Carson I presume? Don’t you wish we had more conservative black politicians in office?


20 posted on 10/13/2013 3:45:20 PM PDT by JediJones (The #1 Must-see Filibuster of the Year: TEXAS TED AND THE CONSERVATIVE CRUZ-ADE)
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To: JediJones

Like the little girl said...”It won’t make any difference.”

Sowell, Carson, West, none of them is palatable to the overwhelming majority of black Americans. They ain’t down for the struggle.


21 posted on 10/13/2013 3:53:06 PM PDT by Molon Labbie (Prep. Now. Live Healthy, take your Shooting Iron daily.)
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To: JediJones

Like the little girl said...”It won’t make any difference.”

Sowell, Carson, West, none of them is palatable to the overwhelming majority of black Americans. They ain’t down for the struggle.


22 posted on 10/13/2013 3:53:15 PM PDT by Molon Labbie (Prep. Now. Live Healthy, take your Shooting Iron daily.)
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To: servo1969

BTtt


23 posted on 10/13/2013 4:54:23 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: servo1969

BTtt


24 posted on 10/13/2013 4:59:05 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: JW1949

And another one called Detroit.


25 posted on 10/13/2013 6:23:36 PM PDT by Henry Hnyellar
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To: Libloather

26 posted on 10/14/2013 4:35:46 AM PDT by Liz
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To: re_nortex
Well said but I think you're a bit optimistic with the numbers. I think it's more like one in fifty -- if that.

Well, I'm going off the poll data from the last selection cycle, where anywhere between 92% and 96% voted black.

The REST of your comment? Utter agreement...

27 posted on 10/14/2013 5:44:32 AM PDT by Old Sarge (And Good Evening, Agent Smith, wherever you are...)
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