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October 02, 2013

The Party of Government and Its Petty Agents Step Up Their Harassment of Citizens to Extract Money From Them

Every profession is a conspiracy against the laity.

And sometimes they make it obvious.

When bureaucrats are threatened with irrelevance or face appearing unneeded, they respond by inflicting as much pain as possible, in hopes that they can prove they’re necessary and get their budgets increased. And even worse, an administration trying to make a political point — as Obama’s is — has every incentive to make a shutdown felt as acutely as possible. So obviously, we need to cancel the Navy-Air Force game as quickly as possible, even if the event is a voluntary activity by students requiring no expenditure of taxpayer funds.

The barricading of the World War II Memorial has now become the most visible incident in this case — and to be clear, it’s not a “closing” because there’s no such thing as “closing an open-air stone memorial in the middle of the National Mall. People walk past and through this memorial unaccompanied at all hours of the day and night. (And really, if they’re going to close that, why aren’t they closing the entire National Mall?)

To my knowledge, no one has been arrested yet for walking through Sherman Circle (pictured above, in a completely residential section of D.C.), but technically, that’s an NPS park, too. (And they’ve always done a lousy job keeping the grass mowed, so I doubt the shutdown will even be noticed there.) If NPS wants to be consistent, they should rope it off. But they won’t do that, because nobody from out of town visits Sherman Circle. The entire point here is to harass people only in the higher-profile parts of town that NPS controls.

The agents of the Party of Government should remember that Obama may sign their checks, but we actually pay their salaries.

For no-ow-ww...

Things may change.

Things will change.

We cannot endure a government which has evolved from a greedy parasite to an actual predator.

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