“Examiner Editorial: Obama manipulated vets, seniors, children in shutdown”
Maybe so. But when you’re a good man on the right side of history, sometimes you have to sacrifice a few pawns to clear the board for your clean run to a Utopian checkmate. Such sacrifices weigh heavily on our faculty lounge Presiddent, make no mistake. But in the end, his essential decency — and his love of country, which is in no way negated by the policies he pushes that seek to fundamentally transform it into a Marxist police state disguised as a functioning “democracy” — insulates him from charges of callousness and indifference to the suffering of the few. Because He is concerned about the welfare of the many.
For that he needs be praised. Because heavy is the head that wears the crown and all that sort of shit.
All of which is a preemptive answer to the following, no doubt written by teabagging racists who would elevate individual liberty to absurd heights of beatification — even if that meant not everyone would be entitled to their right to the labor of others.
How far are President Obama and congressional Democrats willing to go to shift blame for the government shutdown to House Republicans? The list is steadily lengthening, but it is instructive to review the examples thus far as the shutdown enters a second week:
– World War II veterans: When a delegation of aged Mississippi veterans of World War II showed up at their memorial last week, they encountered barricade fences erected by the National Park Service to block access to the expansive, open-air facility. Aided by sympathetic House Republicans, the vets pushed the political barricades aside. When a similar scene happened the next day, Park Service officials “allowed” access for the visiting vets — many in their 80s and unlikely ever to have another chance for such an occasion — in consideration of their First Amendment rights. It was the first of a series of cheap shots by the Obama administration.
– Uh, cheap shots? Did they not eventually allow the plebes to worship at their nostalgic altar? Of course they did. This shows beneficence, not malfeasance. The King is of a goodly heart.
But I digress:
– On the other side of the country, a Nevada couple were given 24 hours to leave because their home rested on federal land. Ralph and Joyce Spencer, 80 and 77 years old, respectively, did as ordered. The NPS told a local news outlet that “unfortunately, overnight stays are not permitted until a budget is passed and the park can reopen.” The Spencers have been “overnighting” in their home for more than three decades.
– Well, rules are rules. So I don’t really see why the Spencers should receive special treatment just because they are elderly. In fact, had a faction of right wing extremists not held up ObamaCare implementation, right now the Spencers could be enjoying a nice palliative morphine drip on their way to freeing up space for younger, more productive citizens to grab a lakefront property!
– At Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, the NPS blocked motorists’ access to overlooks where Americans for generations have stopped to take photographs of the majestic granite likenesses of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt. And just across the Potomac River from the Obama White House, the Claude Moore Colonial Farm was closed by the NPS despite the fact it is privately owned and operated and hasn’t received federal funding for 30 years.
Sure, if you’re going to cherry pick it sounds bad. But what about NPR and PBS and all the oil refineries on public lands being left open, eh? What about those deferrals? So you see? We have a discerning President who picks and chooses who to be made an example of — reluctantly — in order to restore order. This is called leadership. So in your face!
If these examples seem intended primarily to prove somebody’s political point by maximizing the pain of the shutdown, it’s because that has been exactly the goal of the Obama administration. That’s not an editorial opinion — it’s what Park Service rangers were told to do, according to one who talked to the Washington Times.
Lies! Traitorous lies by traitors to their governmental function. I hope they are found and scolded appropriately. Then jailed with that film maker who assassinated our Ambassador in Libya. Metaphorically, at least.
But the two most telling illustrations had a common element in the most vulnerable among us: the ill and missing children. In the former, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was asked by CNN’s Dana Bash why not support a House Republican bill to fund the National Institutes for Health “if it would save one child’s life”. Reid’s cranky response: “Why would we do that?”
In the latter, the Washington Examiner first reported Sunday evening that the Department of Justice had taken down the government’s Amber Alert website “due to the lapse in government funding.” Within hours, thousands of people were talking about the closure via Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Other news organizations picked up the story and by noon yesterday, the web site that has helped save so many kidnapped children was restored. Somebody, starting in the Oval Office, should be ashamed.
Well,there’s your fatal flaw: you can’t shame the righteous. And ensuring that all Americans (save the leader class and their cronies) are shuttled into pens of conformity is the height of egalitarian fairness. Why do you hate equality and fairness, Washington Times? And really, if a few kids with poor prognoses have to drop dead in order that the Greater Good is served, they should be thanked for their sacrifice — and the unblinking King applauded for his willingness to deflect cheap emotional appeals to do what is right: impose upon us a system of health insurance we claim we don’t want, only because we are too dull to realize its greatness and compassion.
And that, Washington Examiner, is what is called being pwned!
Workers of the world unite!