If you’re a World War II Veteran, you won’t be able to visit the War Memorial that might bear the names of some of your old and fallen war buddies.
If you’re a Vietnam Vet, you might get arrested for trying to visit the Vietnam Memorial in New York City.
If you want to jog on a national park trail, you might get ticketed $100.
If you live in a house that sits on federal land, you might get booted out.
If you own a business that sits on federal land, park rangers might block the entrance to your business so that you’re forced to shut down.
If you’re a fishing charter guide in Florida, you might lose the vast majority of your business because the feds have shut down parts of the ocean.
The excuse every time is that they lack the “money, manpower and authority” to keep these “public” areas open. As long as they have no money, these areas have to remain closed.
Unless you’re planning an “immigration reform” rally, in which case the National Park Service will make an exception:
“A planned immigration reform rally will take place on the National Mall on Tuesday even though the site is closed due to the government shutdown. Organizers for the “Camino Americano: March for Immigration Reform” were spotted Monday setting up a stage and equipment on the National Mall for the rally which will take place on Tuesday. A few scattered barriers around the park have signs informing visitors that the area is closed as a result of the government shutdown. Susana Flores, a spokesperson for the rally, confirmed for the Washington Examiner that the Park Service will allow the event to take place under the group’s rights granted by the First Amendment.”
What’s more, some 30 members of Congress will be there as well, including Nancy Pelosi and Senator Robert Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey. The event is being put on by several immigration activist groups together with the Service Employees International Union and the AFL-CIO.
They’re allowed to rally, because they have “First Amendment” rights. I guess if you’re a natural born American citizen who may have even fought wars in the name of “freedom” and “liberty” in decades past, those rights don’t apply to you.