Administration Provokes Million Veteran March on Washington
I fully believe that history will look at the events of October 13, 2013 as the day when people finally took constructive action against a government hell-bent on arbitrarily and selectively enforcing law and policy based on nothing but politics.
President Obama’s biggest mistake? Targeting veterans.
Since the government shutdown began on October 1, President Obama has done everything in his power to maximize the perceived “hurt” caused by the shutdown for political gain. The shutdown of War Memorials was one step too far.
(Let me pause for just one moment. This is not a government shutdown. 85% of the government is still operating as usual. This is a temporary 15% decrease in non-essential spending.)
As I was saying.
The President, in his unwillingness to even negotiate on budget matters, (not that his administration has ever passed a budget), has instead taken to spending resources to close memorials and parks that would otherwise be open to the public without the need for supervision. In some cases, the shutdown tactics are potentially costing more money than leaving things status quo. Pure insanity.
Finally able to take no more, a protest known as the Million Vet March (#1MVetMarch) assembled thousands of veterans and supporters at the World War Two Memorial. They had a simple message:
Tear down the walls, stop the politics, and support the veterans!!
The barricades blocking entrance to the open air memorials were seen as nothing but a calculated slap to the face of all those that had served and spilled blood in order to give people the right to assemble in the first place.
A little before 9am, there was already a sizable gathering at the WW2 Memorial. The barricades blocking entrance had already been removed by early attendees, and light rain and chilly wind did not deter the ever growing crowd.
Organizers had speakers use a wireless microphone and a makeshift speaker system to address the attendees in front of a row of news cameras who came to capture the early action.
Among the speakers were Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, Sarah Palin (who later walked among the crowd to distribute American flags), General William Boykin (who re-administered the service oath to attendees) , filmmaker Dennis Michael Lynch, Navy Seal Ben Smith, and many others.
When the speakers were finished, there was a call to move the protest on to both the Vietnam Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial.
Barriers at both were removed and Park Police stepped aside. The marchers numbers at this point was into the thousands.
At one point, one of the officers was asked by a participant if the Lincoln Memorial had been closed that morning. He responded, “It still is.”
Eventually, there was a call to move the protest on to the White House.
Many of the barricades that had been removed from memorials were brought with marchers in protest to the White House. This was done non-violently and solely intended to send a message to the President where he lives.
At this point, the move to provoke reaction and show force was in full swing…by the administration, not the protesters.
As crowds gathered outside the north lawn of the White House, the police presence was upped significantly. In addition to the black uniform wearing Park Police, a riot squad dressed in blue assembled nearby to the protesters.
On the other hand, the same administration looked the other way when Occupy members and even illegal aliens protested in the past. (Apparently veterans are considered more of a threat than temporarily homeless college students and criminal border jumpers.)
However, the upped police presence was apparently not enough to satisfy the administration….who must have been calling the shots. No, in a completely unprovoked move, the riot police marched single file to place themselves between the protesters and the White House fence that was in no danger of being breached.
Crowds surrounded the police and chanted “Shame on You” while blocking their forward progress.
Eventually, the initial “incursion” did back off, but soon, police were back to assemble an additional barricade about 75 feet long a few feet in front of the White House fence. This would clearly provide no serious additional blockade to any group that did, in fact, mean harm. People could simply walk around the fence.
Again, the only intention here must have been to attempt to provoke a reaction from the crowd. It was all for show, and it was completely intolerable as far as I’m concerned.
The storm eventually subsided without incident, but the only thing this administration accomplished was further agitation of an already dangerously full powder keg.
As the temporary slow down in non-essential services continues, as the debt limit nears being reached, as Obamacare begins it’s inevitable destruction of our economy, as freedoms are curtailed, as spending continues out of control, as Obama continues to make a mockery out of the Presidency; it won’t be long until the powder keg blows.
*****More video coming soon. As I upload them, check out our YouTube channel’s Million Vet March playlist.
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