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Special Delivery to His Excellency

Dear Mr. President, 

Here’s your damned barricades. Now, I can understand your desire, along with that of other government types cloistered inside I-495, to avoid having to live under your signature law, appropriately known as Obamacare.  Those of us in the productive sector aren’t too keen on it either, if you’ve noticed the polling. What I don’t understand, however, is why, when you were asked to simply apply the law to yourself and members of Congress and then extend to everyone the same penalty-free exemptions you’ve already extended to big business, you opted to shut down portions of the government instead.

Now I’ve seen some fairly petulant types over the years. One of my favorite stories is the one about a new commander who arrived at an Air Force Base in Alaska, and promptly got lost. Evidently unable to find his way around base, he solved the problem by renaming the streets. The ensuing cost of updating official letterhead — as well as the cost to families in base housing who had to order new checks from their banks, send out change of address notices, etc. — constituted an unnecessary inconvenience that was created by someone who manifestly had more horsepower on his shoulders than between his ears. But we expect more from a President.

Mr. President, those aren’t your memorials. You have no right to seal them off from the people to whom they belong, and from those patriots they honor. Mr. President, this isn’t your government. It belongs to us. Not too long ago, you looked us in the eye and told us with a straight face that we didn’t build that which we labored for, that which we sacrificed for, and that which was built by our own hands. You were wrong then and you’re wrong now. You, sir, didn’t build those memorials. They were built with private donations and they’ve remained open during prior shutdowns. Exactly who the hell do you think you are?

Blocking the American people from monuments and memorials that attest to the strength that derives from the spirit of liberty while making an exception for those who have broken the very immigration laws you are charged with enforcing; Depriving the troops overseas of a little taste of home by blocking the NFL while keeping your favorite golf course open; Furloughing military chaplains from administering religious sacraments to the troops while keeping your wife’s little Let’s Move website running; Attempting to close Mt. Vernon; Closing the D-Day Memorial at Normandy; Forcing residents out of their private homes on Lake Mead. These, sir, are the infantile tantrums of a small mind and depraved imagination.  

Wounded-Vet-Special-Delivery.jpgTurn your attention please to the photo at left. This man has given more to this country than you’ll ever understand. He didn’t set out to fundamentally transform the nation, but rather to protect it and preserve the ideals that lay at the heart of its founding — ideals you reject in both word and deed.When he took an oath to uphold the Constitution, he meant it.  

This good and courageous patriot is bringing you a gift, a memento of your own petulance. Should you ever decide to readmit the bust of Winston Churchill to the White House, perhaps you can place this barricade between you and Sir Winston, symbolically protecting you from those ideals which saved the world, while protecting him from the authoritarian impulse he spent a lifetime fighting, an impulse typified by barricading free men and women from icons of liberty and excellence.

  1. Tom Riehl

    Thanks for the picture of the Barry-cades being stacked in front of “our” house.

  2. Koblog

    Would that some sycophantic White House “reporter” inform Obama (or at least his spokeshole Carney) that he is seen by even casual observers as a petulant child.

  3. D.C. McAllister
    C

    Preach it, Dave! The Petulant President. That should be written beneath any bust made of Barack Obama.

  4. The Mugwump

    Dave, what’s the word on that trucker’s strike?  Did it ever materialize?

  5. Kay of MT

    I am so proud to be an American, since the day I was old enough to cite the pledge of allegiance.

    I am so ashamed of the man who calls himself POTUS

    I am so ashamed of the woman who calls herself FLOTUS

    I am ashamed of the congressional men and women who keep these pieces of slime in OUR house.

    I am so proud of our Vets of then and now, and our military that are fighting to keep us free.

    I will be the proudest of all of the person who will arrest this POS and send him to prison as a traitor of our Constitution.

  6. Nick Stuart

    Now the hard part. Keeping it up. The National Park Service bureaucracy will work like clockwork putting the barrycades back unto infinity.

    And not forgetting. When the shutdown is over. To have a reckoning with the NPS.

  7. Nick Stuart

    BTW, how many of those people there today do you suppose will end up being audited by the IRS, visited by OSHA or EPA (if they own a business) or otherwise harrassed in the next 3-5 years?

  8. James Gawron

    Dave,

    Yes!!!!!!

    Regards,

    Jim

  9. iWc

    it’s error.

    Otherwise, perfect!

  10. Hartmann von Aue

    Quite excellent as usual, Mr. Carter. Keep up the good work.

  11. Pencilvania

    Brilliant, brilliant for the vets to lay the barricades at the foot of the White House!

    Pure cowardice on the part of the inhabitants of the WH to ignore these heroes. 

  12. John Walker
    Nick Stuart:

    And not forgetting. When the shutdown is over. To have a reckoning with the NPS.

    All of these thugs (not just the NPS, but also the authors of memos strategising ways to maximise the pain upon the citizenry) need to be identified, shamed, and shunned.

    Whenever you encounter one, whether in costume or off duty on the street, stare them in the face and say just one word.

    Nuremberg

    They’ll wonder why you’re talking about a small town in Pennsylvania.

  13. Dave Carter
    C
    The Mugwump: Dave, what’s the word on that trucker’s strike?  Did it ever materialize? · 26 minutes ago

    I’ve read mixed accounts, but from what I’ve gathered it lacked focus and purpose.  It seemed to degenerate into a mix of grievances from a mixture of folks.  Ultimately, the idea of driving in circles around the city, slowing or blocking people seemed destined to backfire.  As someone who lives life in the slow lane (thanks to my 18 wheeler), I really can’t get too enthused about an effort to hinder law abiding traffic with the only practical result being to get in everyone’s way.  On the other hand, I wish to heaven I had been able to be part of this Veterans’ demonstration today.  

  14. Concretevol

    Great piece Dave, I will be forwarding  it to as many as possible like I did your last. 

  15. Dave Carter
    C
    John Walker

    Nick Stuart:

    And not forgetting. When the shutdown is over. To have a reckoning with the NPS.

    All of these thugs (not just the NPS, but also the authors of memos strategising ways to maximise the pain upon the citizenry) need to be identified, shamed, and shunned.

    Whenever you encounter one, whether in costume or off duty on the street, stare them in the face and say just one word.

    Nuremberg

    Interesting.  I used to think that most law enforcement officers, who also take an oath to uphold the Constitution, would never follow orders to move against Americans exercising their Constitutional rights.  And I certainly didn’t believe they would move against vets who staked their very lives on such an oath.  Now I’m not so sure.  

  16. Concretevol
    Dave Carter

    John Walker

    Nick Stuart:

    And not forgetting. When the shutdown is over. To have a reckoning with the NPS.

    All of these thugs (not just the NPS, but also the authors of memos strategising ways to maximise the pain upon the citizenry) need to be identified, shamed, and shunned.

    Whenever you encounter one, whether in costume or off duty on the street, stare them in the face and say just one word.

    Nuremberg

    Interesting.  I used to think that most law enforcement officers, who also take an oath to uphold the Constitution, would never follow orders to move against Americans exercising their Constitutional rights.  And I certainly didn’t believe they would move against vets who staked their very lives on such an oath.  Now I’m not so sure.   · 14 minutes ago

    I’m beginning to think they will take the easier path of following orders instead of thinking for themselves.  I’m so glad the veterans aren’t letting glorified park rangers push them around.  We MUST take this country back.

  17. Matthew Gilley

    Careful, Dave, you’re going to scare the straights. Besides, these guys look like they know nothing of Senate rules, so they are plainly unworthy of praise. (I hope everyone is catching the sarcasm, because I’m laying it on pretty thick.)

  18. Roberto
    Nick Stuart: BTW, how many of those people there today do you suppose will end up being audited by the IRS, visited by OSHA or EPA (if they own a business) or otherwise harrassed in the next 3-5 years? · 1 hour ago

    An all too legitimate concern. If they will go after Dr. Carson merely for critiquing the President it seems clear that no dissent is acceptable, no protest too small for the Administration to endure. 

    Whether it’s because he said it with the president sitting right there, the media fallout or coincidence, he was audited.

    The pure pettiness of this Administration is simply amazing. 

  19. Ken in CT

    The 2016 Reduction in Funding List:1) Internal Revenue Service2) National Park Service…

  20. Doug Kimball

    The problem is, these moves get props from his supporters.  They view conservatives as post modern neanderthals.  Since we oppose this unprecedented expansion of the state, Obamacare is just the most recent and most arrogant addition to this expansion, we are anti-progress.  Opposition to Obamacare is simply hatred, according to them.  They say we don’t understand governance; we don’t understand economics; we’re takers; we’re ignorant.  The thing is, we do understand governance and statism is not governance, it is suicide.  We do understand economics – deficits cannot continue forever.  Obamacare makes things worse.  We can’t borrow printed money from ourselves for long.  Government borrowing crowds out capital for the private sector.  We can’t tax and borrow our way out of a bad economy. We can’t monopolize housing finance without creating a future problem.  Ditto student loans.  And creating an oligopoly in health care under state control is simply a huge mistake.  Yep, we know economics.  We know governance too.  Why?  Because we know history and we pay attention.

    These folks are just so wrong on so many levels it makes my head swim.

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