This week in the ridiculous political temper tantrum that is our government’s superficial shutdown, our president has made it abundantly clear he rules by (oh so) petty dictatorship.
War memorials are being barricaded left and right — outdoor structures that are not staffed to begin with — and Obama even ordered the ocean closed. The ocean. The National Park Service was ordered to close 1,100 square miles of the Florida Bay to fishing boats and rangers have been sent out to stand post and enforce the closure.
By barricading public land, we’ve proven that it isn’t public land, it’s privately owned by a petty gov’t
— Political Math (@politicalmath) October 5, 2013
The White House set up barricades in front of the parking lots at George Washington’s Mount Vernon home, even though it is a privately owned non-profit. (They were later removed once the ‘mistake‘ was realized.)
Officials even went so far as to demand that orange cones be strategically placed so people can’t pull over their cars and view Mount Rushmore from the highway.
— Dusty Johnson (@dustyjohnson) October 7, 2013
Now residents who lease land at Lake Mead have been told to evacuate their homes. Christie Vanover, a spokeswoman for the Lake Mead Recreational Area, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “They are all vacation homes and everybody who lives in them are considered visitors. If anybody needs to gather their personal belongings, we’re not going to deny them access. They can go do that. They just can’t spend the nights there or have barbecues during the day. They need to get in and get out.”
Some residents have lived there for 25 years. They were given a mere 24 hours to evacuate.
Well, if that’s the case, then shouldn’t President Obama and his family be forced out of the White House? It is, after all, federal property, correct?
If the American people can’t tour the #SpiteHouse, then the “American” president shouldn’t be able to live in it during the shutdown.
— 30Angel Gone Coastal (@GNGstaGrizzette) October 6, 2013
“Hoisted by his own petard,” as Shakespeare would say. Fair is fair.
It’s pretty clear that the “shutdown” is a highly selective process; in other words, it’s a complete joke.
Yesterday Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the majority of the Department of Defense’s employees back to work, and the House passed a bill to pay them. That 350,000 people is nearly half of the 800,000 government employees furloughed due to the shutdown in the first place, making the whole thing seem a lot less, well, shut down. (Not that the Pentagon was really concerned with the shutdown too much anyway considering it spent $5.5 billion in the hours leading up to it.)
The lengths this administration has gone to in trying to heighten the public’s pain during what is essentially a faux shutdown is pathetic. It’s like one of those movies starring CG animated talking babies, except those babies are our political leaders and this is America’s shameful reality.
Case in point: the shutdown drama has reached such a lamentable level of absurdity that #SpiteHouse has become a new Twitter trend and Obama has earned the nickname ‘President Stompy Foot’.