posted on Oct, 8 2013 @ 03:47 PM
This was buried in the middle of the article, and had little to do with the article itself.
Please open our parks and open this mall to veterans and to normal every-day citizens who also should have the same access we enjoy here today,”
said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida Republican, as she joined the rally for immigration.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who followed Ms. Ros-Lehtinen, defended the president, thanking him for making an exception to the shutdown and
“enabling us to gather here.” She also said veterans told her the administration “bent over backwards” to allow them to visit the World
War II Memorial on the mall, which has been the site of several clashes between the public and park rangers since the shutdown began.
The reason given for allowing the gathering to take place was "First Amendment Rights." They could have been told to hold their gathering at
another location without infringing on those rights.
Considering that the vets were denied access for days until the media coverage caused enough of an uproar, I fail to see how the administration is
"bending over backwards".
When veterans are arrested for "not following curfew" in NYC, after THEIR permit had been denied, their first amendment rights didn't stop it.
The article this is taken from is about a tour group, composed mostly of the elderly, who were locked in a hotel and placed under armed guard. I
wonder if any illegals at this rally were detained at all?
To me this shows that not only this administration cares more about the pleasing a group of non citizens than showing respect for those who fought
and died for this country. Then again, I guess they "didn't build that"...