History has it that Roman Emperor Nero played his fiddle while Rome burned. While some historians believe Nero was popular with the “common people,” many also cite his reign as one of tyranny and extravagance. Hmmmm, sound familiar to today’s ruler? While he doesn’t play the fiddle, one can easily and correctly say that “while D.C. burns, Obama plays golf.”
Now, I know Obama supporters will criticize my likeness of Obama to Nero. Well, Nero was known for his extravagance. Obama also is known for that. Vacations in idyllic and very expensive locations such as multi-million-dollar palaces in Martha’s Vineyard, multi-million-dollar resorts in Hawaii and trips to New York City for a date night among others. And there is no doubting he likes to play golf, no matter what the situation. Give a speech indicating you have a desire to bomb the heck out of Syria and then hit the links! Announce you’re not going to negotiate with the Republicans, hit the golf course! Worked one hour on a Wednesday, hit the greens!
Ok, whatever. But tyranny, a liberal critic might ask? Yes, tyranny. How else do you call someone who won’t even negotiate with the other party in power? Or more to the fact, what else do you call someone who orders OPEN AIR places like the World War II Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial, scenic overlooks and privately owned tourist spots closed because of the government shut down? It is out and out tyranny.
We read for days how 90-year-old WWII vets in wheelchairs and walkers broke through barricades in order to visit the WWII Memorial. The Memorial is an open air facility that has no walls, no nothing to prevent people from entering it. There might be some armed security in the vicinity, but that would be it. It basically is no different than walking down the block to your own neighborhood park. But because the government is on “shut down,” the Obama White House has ordered the Memorial (along with the open air Lincoln Memorial) closed. Barricades were put up with security guards to prevent people from seeing the Memorial. More work was done by government workers to keep the Memorial closed than there normally would be when there is no government shutdown.
At first, there were just barriers, which made it easier for the 90-year-old veterans and their families to break through. Now, those same barricades are wired together, making it more difficult for the Vets to break through, which they have still done anyway.
The Republican House has passed nearly a dozen bills to keep a variety of government agencies open and funded, including the National Parks, the Veterans Administration, FEMA and National Institutes of Health. But the Senate Emperor himself, Sen. Harry Palpatine, err, Reid of Nevada, has repeatedly said no. “I am the Dark Side,” Emperor Palpatine, err, Reid says, “and I will not allow the government to operate. I will stop any bill the House passes unless it is a ‘clean’ bill, mo hahahahaha. You will regret crossing me and the Dark Side, my dear, little insignificant House Republicans,” Emperor Reid warns.
Never before during a government shutdown has the Washington Mall, which includes the WWII Memorial and Lincoln Memorial been closed. Never before has scenic overlooks been bordered off. As one National Parks Service worker said, “we’ve been told to make it hurt.” In other words, as former White House Chief of Staff and current mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel once said, “never let a good crisis go to waste.”
Then, despite Congress passing and Obama signing, a defense appropriations bill to keep all Defense-related operations funded and operating, we learn that the Pentagon would not pay – like they are authorized by law to do – the families of those killed in action while serving this country. The Fisher House, a wonderful charitable organization that helps Vets injured in war as well as their families, for the time being is fronting the money to pay for the funerals of servicemen killed defending this country and the travel expenses of their families. This is costing Fisher House hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions of dollars.
Despite having the money appropriated for such events, who ordered the Pentagon to not pay for this? Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel may have given the order. Or perhaps it came from the White House? Certainly the orders to shut down open air parks and the WWII Memorial came from the White House. The gall and disdain for the American people and this country by the Obama White House and Democrats in Congress is truly shameful. But, of course, the corrupt mainstream media isn’t quite reporting it this way. One recent study found that within one week, 21 of the stories on ABC, CBS and NBC about the government shut down blamed the Republicans. Four stories blamed both Republicans and Democrats. None blamed the Democrats solely.
Obama’s approval ratings, according to one poll, have fallen to below 40 percent. Of course, the approval ratings for Congress continue to hover around 10 percent. But that is in part because Democrats are unhappy with the Republican House and Republicans are unhappy with the Democratic Senate.
And next week we face an alleged default on our debt unless Congress approves an increase in our debt ceiling, which already is nearing $17 trillion. Even while Obama and House Republican leaders talked, Sen. Palpatine, err, Reid said there would be no talks, no negotiations.
So, that is where we are as we approach the conclusion of the second week of the federal government shut down (though more than 80 percent of federal government operations are still at work). All summer long Obama kept telling the House to bring it on (a government shutdown). He has wanted this and he has wanted to make it hurt. Unfortunately, we have three more years of this arrogantly disdainful president.