When I woke up this morning and read the news that the public was being barred from entering our national parks, I was more than a little bit irritated. I not only pay taxes for these parks, but I pay for my yearly membership to use them as well. I fish, hunt, hike and camp through and near these areas; so to find out the government will be locking and barricading the gates is more than infuriating.
Is this who we’ve become as a country? Have we become so subdued as a people that we now let the government tell us we can’t visit our own national parks?
As I sat here reading the news this morning, I wondered how we’ve allowed the government to take away so many of our freedoms. I wondered how this once great country has allowed a small group of bureaucrats to tell them they can’t enter our own God-given land just because some idiots in congress can’t figure out the budget.
I pay my taxes, I purchase my hunting and fishing license every year, I pay my fair share to take care of these parks. So if that means having to park outside the gates and hike in, that’s exactly what I’ll be doing.
After wondering if there was any hope left for this country, I read another article this morning that somewhat restored my faith.
WWII Vets Knock Over Barricades to Visit Memorial
After being told they could not enter the World War II Memorial, a group of World War II veterans knocked over the government’s barricades, refusing to let Congress or the President tell them they couldn’t honor the men and women who bravely fought and died for this country.
Leo Shane a Veterans Affairs reporter for Stars and Stripes documented what was happening this morning, via his twitter account, at the WWII Memorial.
— Leo Shane III (@LeoShane) October 1, 2013