In 2008 I had the great honor to visit the one special place, close to the White House, where those angry WW2 vets will not be blocked from visiting, if they and their families wish, especially when their time comes to leave this mortal coil.
"However, the National Park Service plans to curtail operations. At Arlington National Cemetery, the Arlington House will be closed for the duration of the government shutdown, and the Martz Tour tram service managed by the National Park Service will be temporarily suspended. Arlington National Cemetery will be open as usual for pedestrian access, and we strive to accommodate vehicular access to visitors with disabilities and physical limitations."
Mighty nice of them, if you ask me. How hard did they have to work to persuade the decision makers?
You can even see the Washington Monumment and other cool things, downtown, from above the final resting place of these fine, brave, upstanding warriors who gave the last full measure of their devotion for their country (Explorers, astronauts, and famous historical, literary, and medical figures, including 8 Associate Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, permanently hang out here as well.
Just don't try to explore the joint by bicycle!
Yesterday, blogger and radio talk show host, Matt Walsh posted a letter on his blog, addressed to President Obama and, in its entirety, it is an expression of how millions of Americans, including this one, feel about The One, as well as what has and is becoming of our great Republic.
I rarely get political around here anymore, leaving that to Facebook likes and comments, and the occasional Tweet and Twitter share, but I just could not let what happened this week go without remark.
In part Matt writes:
"You have decided to spend money to block and guard open-air monuments, when it would be cheaper, require less staff, and be less onerous to simply leave them be.
Infamously, you even attempted to stop WW2 veterans from visiting the WW2 memorial. That memorial is mostly privately funded, and is open 24 hours a day. You SPENT MONEY to physically guard the monument from a group of elderly war veterans. This is truly unprecedented. We have had horrible presidents in the past, but none quite so shallow, cheap and contemptible. You tried to close down Mt. Vernon, which is privately funded, but had to settle for closing its parking lot — even though the parking lot requires no immediate on-going maintenance or surveillance from any federal workers. Did you have to shut down the Normandy cemetery and memorial? Are we saving money that way? I doubt it.
You don’t have any interest in fixing our present crisis because you’re too busy finding ways to keep a busload of 90 year old war veterans from looking at a memorial.
Closing down parks, monuments and memorials just to score political points is hardly your most insidious deed, but it’s certainly one of your pettiest."
Read the whole essay, here:
****UPDATE 2 - 3pm****
*****FORGET THE FIRST UPDATE - 6pm****
As of this morning....the barricades surrounding the World War II memorial had been reinforced with wiring to tie the fences together. Later in the day a group of vets & a bipartisan bunch on congressmen rectified the situation.