During a weekend of protests in Washington, D.C., a number of veterans stood up to a vindictive federal government by removing barricades erected around outdoor war memorials. These heroes transported the iron obstacles to the White House in a show of defiance against an administration that dismisses and devalues their worldview.
When the rallies and marches were over, National Park Service employees worked feverishly Monday to reinstall the barricades, making sure no other visitors get to see the monuments.
While these tourist destinations require very little funding to operate, the Obama regime is telling America they must be closed because of the federal government shutdown. Instead of actually saving the money associated with keeping them open, though, he sends even more park rangers to enforce their closure.
Though the administration is doing everything possible to erase any evidence of the conservative onslaught, many who participated said the experience was a rewarding one.
Veteran Joseph Corulla spoke to the Western Center for Journalism about his experience, saying he spent the entire day Sunday protesting with fellow servicemen and women.
“The mood was outstanding,” he said. “We were stoked — Tea Party, truckers, bikers.”
While some reports surfaced regarding overreaction by law enforcement, Corulla said the presence of police was mostly unobtrusive.
“The law did respect us,” he explained. “We had some tense times, but they stood down.”
He said the turnout was impressive, noting “there were more than I could count,” with a few leftist loudmouths thrown in for good measure.
“There were some counter-protesters, but we shut them down,” he said. “We told CNN to go away and they did.”
When the rally reached 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Corulla said “that’s when the real fun started.”
In all, the protest gave people an opportunity to voice their displeasure with the federal government while surrounded with others who are similarly outraged.
“We were all proud Americans,” Corulla said, “and we wish it didn’t end.”
From his perspective, the latest rally was an indictment of Obama’s rule and could be the catalyst for even more demonstrations to come.
“I really think they got our message,” he said, “but I think there will be more and bigger [protests] if this man stays in the White House.”
Whether he would ever admit it or not, Obama cannot send the NPS to clear barricades off of White House property without realizing a large portion of this nation is absolutely disgusted with his narcissistic, power-hungry brand of leadership.
–Western Journalism staff writer
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