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by Sharon Rondeau

Sen. Ted Cruz stands with Honor Flight contingent from Ft. Worth, TX on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 despite the government “shutdown” affecting national parks and monuments (photo tweeted by Ted Cruz)

(Oct. 8, 2013) — Sen Ted Cruz has reported on Twitter that a group of Honor Flight World War II veterans arrived and visited the World War II Memorial which Dictator Barack Obama deemed off-limits as a result of the partial government shutdown which commenced one week ago.

On Monday, the National Mall was closed to visitors, including veterans to war memorials, but an “immigration reform” rally was planned to take place on Tuesday.  The website of the National Park Service, which oversees the memorials, is shut down as of this writing.

AFter the shutdown commenced last week, visiting “Honor Flight” World War II veterans were told that the memorial was closed, but they moved the barricades and rolled their wheelchairs or walked through.  The Iwo Jima Memorial has also been barricaded along with the Lincoln Memorial.

Obama’s apparent decision to close unstaffed national parks and monuments has been called “a series of cheap shots.”

The Atlantic Wire described the World War II veterans as “occupying” the memorial during the “pesky government shutdown.”

The Washington Examiner reports that only 17% of the entire federal government is actually closed.  Some 400,000 Department of Defense employees were returned from furlough on Monday.

A cached page from the NPS website prior to the shutdown has apparently been removed by Google.

An anonymous park ranger reported that the Obama regime has instructed non-furloughed NPS employees to “make life as difficult for people as we can,” including turning out an elderly couple from their home on federal land.  Sixty other families have been similarly affected.

Regime operatives have also blocked off views of Mt. Rushmore and threatened a group of elderly would-be visitors to Yellowstone National Park in what have been termed “Gestapo tactics.”

The shutdown began after Congress failed to agree on an appropriations bill to keep all government departments open by midnight on September 30.  Since then, the House of Representatives has proposed numerous individual appropriations bills to reopen memorials and pay furloughed workers for their involuntary time off from work, the latter of which Obama signed.

On October 4, Vietnam War veterans were reportedly “removed” from their memorial by NPS employees.

“This is an attack against veterans,” said CDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III, who has brought attention to the regime’s labeling of veterans as “potential domestic terrorists.”

Obama has said he will “negotiate” with the House of Representatives after he gets a raising of the debt ceiling and a fully-functioning government.

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