Rand Paul got insensed when the administration tried shutting down the World War II Memorial. Michele Bachmann didn't just get upset. She helped these American heroes visit the Memorial despite the Obama administration's attempt to shut it down:
WASHINGTON (AP) – A group of veterans walked past barriers at the closed World War II memorial with help from members of Congress.
Hundreds of veterans arrived for a previously scheduled visit to the memorial Tuesday morning to find it barricaded by the National Park Service. Members of Congress, including Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, went to the site after receiving panicked emails and cut police tape to let in the veterans from Iowa and Mississippi.
Bachman says it was “pure joy” when the veterans were allowed in because they had traveled so far. She says members of Congress plan to continue coming down to the memorial to ensure veterans can visit.
Park spokeswoman Carol Johnson says the service didn’t want to keep veterans out, but the agency was directed to close all memorials.
The National Park Service offered this lame excuse for barricading off the Memorial:
“Park Service did not want to barricade these, but unfortunately we have been directed, because of the lack of appropriations, to close all facilities and grounds,” said National Mall and Memorial parks spokeswoman Carol Johnson.
“I know that this is an open-air memorial, but we have people on staff who are CPR trained, (and) we want to make sure that we have maintenance crew to take care of any problems. What we’re trying to do is protect this resource for future generations,” said Johnson.
The paradigm is shifting in the shutdown. President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have been utterly intransigent. They've refused to negotiate with Republicans. They've taken a my-way-or-the-highway approach to this because they're confident the national media will protect them. The truth is that they're overconfident about that.
Some things just can't be defended. Shutting down an open air memorial to the Greatest Generation's heroics during World War II is something that can't be defended.