A stand down and a forced removal are two different things

Kathleen Parker calls it A monumental mistake in a Washington Post Opinion.

“Shutting out veterans from their memorial touchstone was more than a bad call, a lapse of judgment, a mere moment of tone-deafness. In reality, it may have been the tidy effort of a box-checking bureaucrat, but it reeked of the small work of a petty bully.”

“While one may sympathize with Obama’s contempt for his congressional adversaries, he may have cut off his own nose with an unforced error of magnified proportions. Spite is unbecoming a president, as Richard Nixon proved in another era of national disruption. But beyond personality, it is baffling to imagine anyone thinking that the way to winning hearts and minds is by disrespecting the nation’s most beloved demographic.”

Add to this the closing of private businesses just because they are on federal lands or even evicting homeowners on short notice – just try that if you are are private landlord – and barricading roads and the message is not a good one. It lets everyone know that government control of anything can be capricious and unpredictable and undependable. Parker thinks “Tying the defunding of Obamacare to the shutdown was folly” but the message being heard could not be more pertinent. If the government can ignore those it serves in something as innocuous as monuments and land rental, what could happen with critical health care? One only has to look at the current health service scandals in Great Britain to see what’s possible.

The real issues here involve the party that forced a massive entitlement through when they had the majority is intransigent in disallowing any modifications despite many having been made extra-legislatively and the media failing to report accurately about the ‘debate’ and positions and behaviors.

See also Clarice Feldman about When Mettle Meets the Toads

“This was an act of such spiteful nastiness that it shocks the conscience. (Indeed, the shutdown selections seem to have particularly targeted the military and veterans.) Among the selective closings, Camp David, where the president and his family can relax, and the links at which Obama golfs were kept operating, but NFL coverage to troops was canceled. Initially, the Air Force-Navy and Army-Boston College games were postponed, but they were reinstated when it was made clear that the costs would be incurred even if the games did not take place.”

Then there is the battle of Bascom Hill. Feldman dissects both to reveal just how ugly things are.

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