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Taxpayers Revolt Against Park Closures By Michelle Malkin
« on: October 09, 2013, 08:32:50 AM »
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October 9, 2013 12:00 AM
Taxpayers Revolt Against Park Closures
Park visitors are choosing to disregard barriers and Beltway gamesmanship.
By  Michelle Malkin

Could this be the end of Monument Syndrome? Across the country, ordinary Americans are rising up in revolt against the old Washington tactic of closing public parks and memorials during selective government “shutdowns” to score political points. Tax-paying tourists are tossing off the orange traffic cones and “Barrycades.” Enough is enough.

The movement started with waves of World War II veterans who flew to D.C. last week as part of the Honor Flight Network. (The nonprofit group brings our surviving heroes to visit the memorials that honor their service and sacrifice.) The vets and volunteers breached the fences last week, exposing the tone-deaf tactics of President Obama’s Spite House. Honor Flight visits continue this week, and more vets vowed to defy the cynical closures.

They are not alone. At Gettysburg National Military Park, tourists broke through barriers and posed for pictures on the battlefields with notes reading, “Catch us if you can.” One visitor reported that motorists formed impromptu caravans as rangers chased them. “Strength in numbers,” they tweeted.

At Mount Rushmore and in the Badlands of South Dakota, families barreled over hazard cones. Their photos went viral on Facebook. In Wisconsin, GOP governor Scott Walker defied the National Park Service and opened state parks that Obamacrats wanted closed because they receive some federal dollars. At the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Missouri, a group of 20 protesters defied threats of arrest to enter the park.

“This is to get some knowledge out there that the federal government has its fingers in everything, including our own land in our own states, and, out of spite, they’ll shut it all down,” Jackson resident Brian Bollmann told the local press.

In Michigan, tourists crossed police-style yellow tape and construction barrels to get to Munising Falls in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Twitter users posted photos of the broken barriers over the weekend. The Mining Journal reported on one visitor who simply stepped over the tape: “‘Well, that worked, huh?’ she asked rhetorically.” Take that, manipulative federal overlords.

At Zion National Park in Utah, hikers scaled the fences and wondered why so many supposedly furloughed workers were working to keep them out. One visitor, highlighted at my Twitter aggregator Twitchy.com, described her experience to me last week at the scenic tourist spot:

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We were advised by the park ranger at the gate that we couldn’t stop our car at any time in the next 12 miles. To ensure that we didn’t pull over at any of the scenic viewpoints, cones were placed at every turnoff. That didn’t stop people, however, as many were getting out, moving cones and quickly taking pictures. People were incredulous at that restriction, as if they could somehow shut down our ability to enjoy our surroundings. . . . I did enjoy seeing an elderly couple, in a display of civil disobedience, leave their car and walk hand in hand on the red rock.


Welcome to Occupy America. It’s a protest movement for all ages against business-as-usual Washington. Thanks to social media, citizens outside the Beltway are now able to voice their disgust in an unprecedented way. Through Twitter, Facebook, and blogs, they are directly disrupting the well-worn politics of government parks-and-wreck extortion.

From closing down parts of the ocean around Florida to booting elderly citizens from their private homes on Lake Mead to shutting down private restaurants and farms that just happen to sit on federal land, the Democrats’ overreach has finally backfired.

The explanation for this ridiculous Obama obstructionism can be summed up in one word: Control. Control of the people. Control of the partisan narrative. Monument Syndrome, perfected under the Clinton administration, is about inflicting the most visible pain on citizens to demonize political opponents. Big-government advocates in the media enabled the manipulators.

For decades, taxpayers were passive pawns in this gamesmanship. No more. Monument Syndrome, R.I.P.

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Re: Taxpayers Revolt Against Park Closures By Michelle Malkin
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2013, 09:31:15 AM »
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For decades, taxpayers were passive pawns in this gamesmanship. No more.
There still are far too many obedient serfs, though. Civil disobedience against this regime must continue to grow.
The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt, too.
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Re: Taxpayers Revolt Against Park Closures By Michelle Malkin
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2013, 04:40:39 PM »
It is spreading to the western USA too....

http://www.ksl.com/?sid=27174410&nid=148


San Juan County leader plans to remove barricades, reopen Lake Powell
By Nadine Wimmer
October 8th, 2013 @ 11:23pm
 
SAN JUAN COUNTY — Several leaders of San Juan County said they're going to move the barricades implemented by the government shutdown and let people back onto Lake Powell.

Commissioner Phil Lyman posted information about his plan on his Facebook page Monday.

"The plan is to peacefully remove the barriers to places like Lake Powell, Natural Bridges, Canyonlands and Hovenweep and allow visitors to enjoy their places," Lyman wrote. "We are not going to sit idle while the Federal Government destroys the local economy! They are spending more money to keep people out than it would cost to let people in."

Lyman met with several other county commissioners to discuss and work out their plan.

"We're talking about natural bridges, national monument," Lyman said. "There's a barricade across the road, prevents people from driving around the loop. They can hike down to them. It seems silly for the federal government.
Utah hurt 14th worst
By Mary Richards

A new report says the effects of the government shutdown are hurting Utah 14th worst in the country.

Wallethub.com looked at federal employees, contracting dollars and veterans per capita, plus SBA loans, student loans and Social Security payments.

It said the most hurting states are Virginia, Alaska, Alabama, Washington DC and Maine. Those least hurt are Iowa, Indiana, New York, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

"It doesn't sit well with me to say that's the federal government and there's nothing we can do about it. We're actually a government as well. For a county that has only 8 percent private land, we rely a lot on the public land for our economy.

"This is not anarchy. This is government doing what government does which is look after the health and welfare and safety of their citizens. And as a county commissioner, I made a promise to do that for my citizens."

Commissioner Lyman said they were hoping to have their plan set to open up roads by Tuesday, but it might be later in the week.

He said several other counties and the sheriff's of those counties are all in on the plan.
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves.” G Washington July 2, 1776

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Re: Taxpayers Revolt Against Park Closures By Michelle Malkin
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2013, 04:41:30 PM »
I know some of the people who plan to show up with the Sheriff this week... they are also pushing Coconino County to do the same on the AZ shores of Lake Powell.
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Re: Taxpayers Revolt Against Park Closures By Michelle Malkin
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2013, 04:48:04 PM »
It is beginning.  It will be slow but it will begin.  Once it begins, it will be impossible to stop.
Why?  Well, because I'm a bastard, that's why.

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Re: Taxpayers Revolt Against Park Closures By Michelle Malkin
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2013, 10:48:53 PM »
There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me.
The sign was painted, said 'Private Property.'
But on the backside, it didn't say nothing.
This land was made for you and me.

This land is your land
This land is my land
From California to the New York island
From the redwood forests
To the gulfstream waters
This land was made for you and me.

Above is an additional verse that Woody Guthrie wrote for his song, which never made it to the "official" recordings of the time. But it's surely appropriate now as Americans take back the national parks that are _their lands_.

Hmmm.... how about:
There was a big high Barrycade there that tried to stop me
The sign was printed, "Closed National Park Property"
But on the backside, it didn't say nothin'
That side was made for you and me!

Hey Woody, watcha think of your song now?
Works both ways, don' it?
« Last Edit: October 09, 2013, 10:55:33 PM by Fishrrman »


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