Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has called on Obama administration employees to engage in civil disobedience and allow veterans to access Washington’s World War II memorial during the federal government’s ongoing partial shutdown.
Palin wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday that it is “beyond shameful to see Barack Obama disrespect and mistreat our World War II veterans so blatantly,” charging that he sent more guards to bar World War II heroes from seeing their memorial after the government shut down than he sent to Benghazi to protect Americans under assault by terrorists.
“Obama’s political stunt to ‘shut down’ their memorial by barricade is to elicit an angry response,” she asserted, “to generate bad publicity for people the president uses in his continual blame game.”
To make her point, Palin linked to a photo of a singular barricade at the World War I memorial. “The difference is obvious. There aren’t any World War I veterans alive today to mistreat in a shameful political stunt,” she wrote. “He’s deployed more guards to bar our World War II heroes from their memorial than he sent to Benghazi when our consulate was under attack.”
She told “Obama employees who know in your hearts and souls that punishing our veterans is wrong” that “we have your backs when you say ‘enough is enough’ and then allow our vets to gaze upon our memorials that honor America’s finest.”
“This simple act of civil disobedience will galvanize our nation against atrocious political games, and I promise you’ll sleep well tonight,” she said to them.
Palin also said Obama is “treating our veterans the same way he treated school kids when he cancelled their White House tours” by closing down certain Washington memorials and threatening veterans who go past the barricades (or “Barrycades”) with arrest.
“When times called for obvious government belt-tightening, he took it out on kids rather than look for anything that would affect him personally,” Palin wrote. “And while our vets are barricaded from the memorial they built with their heroism, the government ‘slim down’ won’t affect Obama’s golf game or his family’s White House chefs.”