Wednesday, October 2, 2013

World War II Vets "Storm" Memorial Again

Gary L. Bauer

As I reported yesterday, the Obama Administration, citing the government shutdown, has "closed" the World War II Memorial. The Park Police were ordered to shut it down. This was a vicious, mean-spirited act.

The memorial is a circular plaza where visitors simply walk around to read the tributes to the men who defeated Hitler and Hirohito. No federal employees are needed to access the plaza.

Virtually every day members of the "Greatest Generation," men in their 80s and 90s, arrive to see the monument that recognizes their service. The fact that they are being threatened with arrest is disgusting. To add insult to injury, Harry Reid took to the Senate floor to blame congressional conservatives for the fact that the memorial is closed.

Yesterday a bus load of vets that arrived, showing the same spirit they did on the beaches of Normandy but this time with canes and walkers, "stormed" the plaza. Today another group of veterans was reportedly threatened with arrest. But when they arrived this morning, they found many sympathizers, including conservative congressmen, standing with them. Park Police officers reportedly looked the other way and the vets and their friends flooded into the plaza.

Nonetheless, as many as seven National Park employees erected fences to block access by vets this afternoon. As one observer noted, that is two more "guards" than our diplomats had in Benghazi.

But there is a silver lining here. Americans were willing to commit civil disobedience to thwart the thuggish behavior of this administration, and that is a good thing.