" As I mentioned in the OP, the monuments should not be closed but the blame lies on our elected officials and a number of bureaucrats, not on the rank-and-file officers."
The various police and Park Service employees involved are not doing their duty to the Constitution, but rather to their immediate superiors who are ordering them to act against the interest of the public not in its interest. There is no public interest in closing the open air war memorials, or the ocean south of Florida. There is no legitimacy to these enforcements and the police should have refused the orders. An argument could be made that most Nazis were "just following orders", but I would disagree with that, too. My whole point was that, in my opinion, the park ranger should have stood up and said no. Right is right, wrong is wrong. The excuse will always be the same for those who "are just following orders". Again...it's just my personal opinion that was offered.
We see eye to eye on the fact that having the parks and memorials closed is a bad thing, correct? It's just that we don't agree on who is responsible. No big deal. As Obi Wan Kenobi said, "...you'll find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on a certain point of view". I don't think any article, source or video will change your mind on my point of view at this point, and vise versa. LOL Let's just agree to disagree and move on, shall we? Everyone on BPL loves the outdoors and our National Parks, or we would not be on BPL in the first place. I believe that on this particular issue we have more in common than not. What has been done is unnecessary and unconscionable. I hope you'd agree with that.
Now...did everyone hear that the government has closed the ocean:
Families are throwing cones off blocked roads at Badlands National Park:
Lake Mead property owners were forced out:
And that angry vets are planning a Million Vet March on Washington: