We have reports of armed police intimidating, threatening, arresting citizens for visiting parks, monuments, and memorials.
We have accounts of residents forced from their homes. Businesses with decades old leases who’ve gone through 18 government shutdowns being forced to close. (Ironically, they are not forced to not have to pay their lease or taxes.) Mind you, some of these are probably illegal actions. As a lease grants certain rights. For instance if you leased a building to a restauraunt, you cannot simply tell the restauraunt owner that they have to shutdown. Of course, they can fight it in the courts – when those reopen.
There is even a report of the Federal police placing cones to block off a “scenic pullover” spot along a highway. God forbid you stop your car and take a picture while the government is shutdown.
Seriously, I’d love to organize a hundred (or more) citizens and prior service members to all go down and visit the Washington mall memorials with our families. And when the officer approaches to deny, we explain kindly, that we are visiting these memorials. Unless you’re prepared to tazer a man with a baby strapped to his back. In which case consider your actions carefully, and don’t think to say “I was just following orders” so were the nazis. And consider there are a 100 of us, and 1 of you.
Sorry, but I am sick of being spied on, tracked, and now prevented from visiting rocks.