‘Embarrassed’ by U.S. government’s actions

To the Editor:

For the past five years, I have watched the “tentacles” of the federal government wrapping around this country and squeezing away our freedom, our liberty, our rights (The Editors, NRO, Oct. 8).

I have listened to politicians from both parties insult those who believe, as do I, in the Constitution, combined with limited government intrusion into our lives. I suppose, though, when one cannot actually defend one’s behavior with valid arguments, name-calling is all that is left.

Hostage-takers, arsonists, suicide-bombers and similar vindictive phrases have become commonplace, even finding their way into an email to his constituents from Jim Himes, the 4th District Congressman. Perhaps he does not realize that there are actually some conservative Republicans living in his district. He should learn some respect.

However, this administration has now sunk to a new low with its use of the National Park Service as a paramilitary organization shutting down and surrounding with barriers everything on (and off) federal land, including the war memorials on the National Mall.

One of the greatest and most heartening sights I have seen in years was the World War II and other war veterans pushing aside the barricades and making their way into the World War II memorial. God bless them. This past Sunday, more American patriots swarmed the National Mall and removed barricades. Remember, it is our National Mall and our memorials, and these politicians who strut and march around calling citizens names work for us.

We have also heard about the further disgrace of the Defense Department denying death benefits to the families of our military who have been killed since the shutdown began. Fisher House, a wonderful charity, stepped in and took over the process, but one wonders why they should have to do so.

The White House knew since late September that the shutdown would create this problem, and Congress passed the Pay Our Military Act to avoid any difficulties. However, because the act did not include the specific word, “benefits,” the administration’s lawyers (DOD and DOJ) claimed these grieving families were to become victims again, this time of their own government.

Such heartlessness and basic disrespect for fallen Americans and their families provide insightful clues as to why nothing was done to support and to protect four Americans who were killed in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012.

I am truly disgusted by this administration and embarrassed for my country that such little people are currently in office. I would like to say, “God help us,” but that, too, may now be against the “rules,” especially when one realizes that ministers who have been contracted to travel to military bases have been told that, under the shutdown, they cannot offer religious services for the military who wish to attend. In fact, even if they “volunteer” to do so, they will be arrested. Surprised? I am not, unfortunately.

By the way, I do support the shutdown and the Republican House, which is now our only protection from the nastiness of this administration.


Carole Smith


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