"We didn't come this far not to get in"
I don't know about you, but I felt embarrassed and proud at the same time watching video of veterans that came to Washington DC in four busloads. Told by security they couldn't visit the WWII Memorial they pushed past - many in wheelchairs - and finished their Honor Flight Tour. God Bless those guys. They are the Greatest Generation and why we enjoy freedoms today. The closing of most national parks is part of a process where the stakes are so much greater.
But it was good to be reminded that some people have more skin in the game than others and we should be humbled into getting our act together and stop all the nonsense. By the way the administration knew these heroes were in route to the memorial but denied requests for a special exemption. These warriors faced down tougher opposition while rebuffing Hitler so they gave the barricades the bum's rush (as much as that could be done in motorized wheelchairs) and kept their appointment with history.
Phony Pangs of Protest
After September 11, 2001 the Statue of Liberty was closed as a matter of national security. The pedestal was reopened in August 2004 but the statue itself remained closed until July 4, 2009 with limited visitors. Then on October 29, 2011 the island was once again closed for visits in order to add elevators and fix the staircase. It reopened to the general public on October 28, 2012 only to close the next day after the east coast was slammed by Hurricane Sandy.
Finally the Statue of Liberty reopened on July 4, 2013 and now is closed again.
I get its important that one of the nation's greatest symbols of freedom remains open but the notion that its closure, often cited as one of the biggest problems with government shutdown, is a disaster for the nation is disingenuous at best. The fact is there are so many phonies out there whining about the shutdown and the closing of Lady Liberty that really wouldn't care otherwise. The statue has been closed 125 of the last 144 months and I don't recall it being called a disaster and certainly didn't see anyone one protesting.
There is a lot of disingenuous outrage today yet the partial shutdown isn't the end of the world. It could make the nation freer and provide more liberty from big, imposing government.
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