Yes, my headline may seem slightly over the top. But to what other conclusion should we come when his regime uses a fed funding impasse as a pretext to shut down various popular sites that receive little to no federal funding?
In fact, his blocking off places, such as the WW2 Memorial, costs a lot more than just leaving them be. The WW2 Memorial normally is not staffed at all, but the Obama Administration sent more people to close and barricade it than it sent to guard the Benghazi Consulate. Priorities, you know. Besides that, the Memorial is funded “almost entirely by private contributions” anyway. So closing it down over an impasse on federal funds is entirely unnecessary and has at least the appearance of sheer vindictiveness.
The Obama Regime has closed and barricaded other privately funded sites, such as the Claude Moore Memorial Farm. The Regime was even going to postpone the Air Force-Navy football game until someone no doubt *ahem* informed him that is it money-making and already fully funded and that also with mostly private funds (and that postponing it would cost untold money).
The barricading is going on overseas as well as the regime has closed Omaha Beach. I wonder what the French think of that?
The Lincoln Memorial is closed, too. It is among the closures that have not occurred in the past numerous government shutdowns.
So what is the difference this time? It is hard to see any other conclusion but that Obama wants this shutdown to be as noxious as possible. Obama craves your unhappiness in hopes it will hurt Republicans. He so craves the power he would have if Democrats retake the House in 2014 that he is gambling with your access to your national sites.
And he’s played such petty games before during the Sequestration fight.
But if his gamble backfires, if he himself trips over the barricades he has put up, if the public rejects anti-conservative news media spin and instead turns on him as it ought, this nasty episode may only hasten his deserved and overdue Downfall.
Downfall is an ongoing series anticipating and tracking what I expect will be the self-destruction of Obama.