Obama’s Park Service Let Occupiers “Occupy”, but Banned Vets

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Everyone has their priorities. For Obama, Occupiers come before WW2 veterans.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) relentlessly challenged National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis to cite the federal regulation that prompted his department to put up barricades to keep veterans out of war memorials on the first day of the shutdown. He also pointed out that the Park Service failed to issue a single citation when Occupiers camped out at D.C.’s McPherson Square for 100 days — 100 days in “non-compliance” with federal regulations.

The Republican congressman repeatedly asked for a straight answer as to why Jarvis ignored a federal regulation for 100 straight days when dealing with protesters, but erected barricades on the first day of the government shutdown.

Jarvis then claimed that the veterans would have been permitted to enter the war memorials if they “declared” they were exercising their First Amendment rights.

“Who were they to declare it to? A barricade?” Gowdy responded sarcastically. “Mr. Chairman, I want the record to reflect that no statute or code of the federal regulation was cited to justify the erection of barricades.”

It’s doubtful that one of the joggers hit with 100 dollar fines for jogging on Federal land could claim an exemption for protest jogging.

That’s the problem with the First Amendment argument. Once you allow people to camp out and claim it’s a protest, then anyone should have been able to camp out in a National Park and call it a protest.

What Obama Inc. was really doing was assigning a special status to a left-wing protest group that it sympathized with while denying it to veterans and ordinary Americans.

  • Heard about it

    Daniel – I heard that the barricades and signs were ordered 6-8 months ago

  • tanstaafl

    Defund the Park Service.

  • nomoretraitors

    That sounds about right. The vets fought for this country. The “occupiers” want to destroy it, just like our so-called president