Just when you thought mainstream media propaganda couldn’t be any more blatant, NBC ran a series of revolting specials earlier this month, all designed to praise Obamacare and reinforce the notion that we need the government for everything. On September 30th, following a melodramatic story about the fate of annual elk-watching activities at Yellowstone in lieu of a government shutdown, the NBC Nightly News ended with anchor Brian Williams’ words, “Our cameras picked up another gorgeous sunset in Washington, the question there is, when we see the sun again tomorrow morning will it rise over a city paralyzed by a government shutdown?”
One can hardly call the fiasco in Washington D.C. a “shutdown”. If we are expected to believe the myth that the shutdown is due to a lack of funding, because Congress and the President can’t agree on a budget, then we might expect things like welfare checks being postponed or the NSA suspending domestic spying operations- hah! Or, we might expect to take a leisurely hike through Yellowstone National Park without the benefit of a park ranger to give us directions or warn us about rattlesnakes.
Instead, we are witnessing extra money being spent on bureaucracy, barricades and security to close national parks and monuments, where no barricades or security were in use before- even in locations not funded by the federal government, like Mount Vernon (George Washington’s historic plantation), which is privately owned and operated. In fact, hundreds of privately managed parks and businesses which reside on federally owned land, providing the government with tax revenue and the American people with jobs, were forced into closure for the duration of the shutdown. A group of mostly senior citizens, including tourists from Japan, Australia and Canada, were held for hours in their hotel rooms at Yellowstone National Park by armed guards because their tour unfortunately landed on October 1st, when the boot-stomping- err, shutdown- commenced. Some of the tourists were treated so harshly they thought they were under arrest. The government even went so far as to block the highway off-ramps leading to Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, so that the monument could not be seen. The state of Arizona offered to use its own funds to keep Grand Canyon National Park open, but was denied by the federal government. Taking a jog through Valley Forge National Historic Park in Pennsylvania got one man fined $100. And perhaps worst of all, war veterans were threatened with arrest by the feds for visiting the World War II and Vietnam War Memorials and the Iwo Jima Monument, which were all closed off because of the shutdown. In defiance, veterans, some World War II Marines in their eighties and nineties, broke through the barricades and exercised their freedom to visit these open-air memorials.
Across the greater Washington D.C. area, playgrounds, walking paths and bike trails were closed, which require no staff or funding to keep open. But Lincoln Park, which is known to be used by several members of Congress was kept open. Non-essential employees like President Obama’s staff of gourmet chefs are still employed, meanwhile low-income military families who depend on the commissary for tax-free groceries were forced to shop elsewhere. Camp David and a military golf course used by the President remained open, but thankfully, Michelle Obama publicly stated she would stop Tweeting. Aren’t Twitter accounts free? Catholic priests working on military bases ministering to soldiers were told they could no longer provide religious services like mass and baptism. When the priests offered to volunteer their services for free, they were threatened with prison. Visitors to the Amber Alert website were re-directed to a page stating the website was unavailable due to a lapse in federal funding. People became outraged when they discovered the actual website was still running and that staffers had been used to create a re-direct in the URL. There are literally dozens of examples of President Obama’s “shutdown theater”, many more of which are outlined in a disturbing article on Breitbart.com. The goal of all this? “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.” said an angry park ranger who blew the whistle on the Obama Administration’s bullying tactics to the Washington Times.
Compared to the Department of Defense or IRS, the country’s national park system is perhaps one of the least expensive departments of the government to operate, but is one of the most symbolic. In other words, shutting down national parks does virtually nothing in the way of cutting spending or reducing debt, but is designed to show force and punish the American people- for political gain. The result of all this is an American public now furious with Republicans in the House of Representatives, who are being wrongfully blamed for causing the shutdown and furloughing thousands of government employees. Of course Congress has been inept for decades, but we should be in praise of those few willing to take a stand against disastrous decisions like raising the debt ceiling (again) or allowing Obamacare the funding it needs to properly cripple the economy and destroy the middle-class. As Republicans, again and again, offered compromises to re-open the government and begin negotiations, President Obama, again and again, threatened to veto any legislation placing boundaries on his agenda.
In the midst of this political mess, Miriam Carey, a mother, was murdered by Washington D.C. police in front of her one-year-old daughter because she was confused and frightened by a makeshift military checkpoint. Let me repeat, a military checkpoint. When the unarmed woman fled, she was pursued by frenzied cops and executed. She was shot twelve times at close range, through the windows of her car. Meanwhile around D.C., manic police smashed into barricades with their patrol cars to give the appearance of a chaotic situation deserving of a total lockdown. Members of Congress praised the police as heroes and applauded their efforts to keep them safe. The media salivated at the opportunity to cast the woman as a rampaging Tea Party activist, storming the White House with guns ablaze. She never rammed a White House fence or fired a shot, as was initially reported. There was never a threat to members of Congress or the President. That didn’t stop the feds however from descending on her Stamford, Connecticut neighborhood, complete with bomb-defusing robots, to search her home for anti-government literature. When the truth was revealed that she was a young, Black, dental-hygienist, being medicated for mental health issues, the story quickly lost its usefulness.
The very next day, a man later identified as John Constantino of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, gave a “crisp military salute” to the Capitol, doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire, according to a witness. He died later at a hospital from severe burns. The media downplayed the significance of this event, saying he may have been protesting. The man’s family issued a statement saying he suffered with mental illness and that his death “was not a political act or statement”, reported NBC. But self-immolation has long been seen as a form of radical political protest. One of Constantino’s neighbors, Regina Horner, told Reuters that Constantino was a friendly man who showed no signs of depression. She added, “He did not want to talk about politics because the government did not care about us.” Perhaps he was giving a final salute to the Republic? We can only speculate. But the fact that this occurred on the National Mall, in the midst of all this political scheming, does beg the question.
With the majority of the federal government still in operation, the “shutdown” is mostly an illusion, but one in which real Americans have suffered. Ours is a nation seized by international corporate interests who control the media and your mind. This is nothing more than a psychological operation designed to sway public opinion and crush the Obama regime’s opposition, so they can continue with their plan to spend the economy into the dirt and expand their authoritarian, welfare, nanny state. It is so anti-American, so anti-human in fact, it may as well be an alien takeover. And what do you do when there is an alien takeover?
You resist, or die.