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Government Shutdowns: While Some Play Their Games; Others Lead, Remaining Aboveboard

Updated on March 21, 2018
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I took an interest in Politics at a young age. The Goldwater-Johnson race fascinated me and I've been paying attention ever since.

Senator Ted Cruz - Setting himself apart
Senator Ted Cruz - Setting himself apart


Here we go again...

The Democrats playing games.

The Democrats...not playing well with others!

When this happened (a Government shutdown that is) back in 2013, for no good reason, with no sufficient purpose, the Obama Administration took it further, much further than it ever should have gone.

President Obama doubled down by taking it to our Nation's Veterans.

He chose to involve them, use them as pawns, when he and his Administration planned and then followed through with the decision/the choice to barricade access to the Washington Memorials.

Yes, the Obama Administration decided that blocking off.....

sky wide, open air, multiple War Memorials to visitors, especially American Veterans, was the right thing to do. (it was apparently important to him, that all take note (and pictures too) of Veterans closed off from their Memorials)

Why, I cannot begin to understand!

They'd show.....somebody!



Eighty five years of age and even older than that....he'd show them?

Access Denied: Veterans Stay Home; was the message seen and heard by all of us, including our heroic Veterans, all across the land.

Barack Obama sought to deny them entry into their very own Memorials, it was beyond pathetic, but Texas Senator Ted Cruz and other Conservatives weren't having it, barricades were removed.....they physically removed them so that Vets could walk or roll on through! It was a sight to behold!

The Dems plan backfired, much like has been the case with Schumer and the Dems this go round.

You'd think they'd learn!

Our Veterans would not be denied, not on the watch of the good Senator from the great State of Texas and many others.

Senator Cruz made way too much sense when he asked this simple question,

"Why is the Federal Government spending so much money to erect barricades to keep Veterans out of this Memorial?"

Why indeed?

I don't know if his question was ever answered, that didn't really matter, for Senator Cruz had no intentions of standing idly by, waiting for some kind of reason or logic to come out of the Obama Administration.

He and others, that actually care about the issues of the People, would not allow for this egregious maneuver to play out any longer.


IF you weren't a fan of the Senator before, if Cruz wasn't a name you were familiar with, that was no longer the case.

He became the face of the opposition!

But, it wasn't about him, it wasn't about Ted Cruz, he isn't about the games.

He is all about the People and the People's business, as all in Public Office are supposed to be!

Cruz did set himself apart, once again, as he has done right from the start.

Whether it's the multiple times he has taken to the floor of the Senate, on behalf of the American People, against Government mandates and Government intrusion.

At the Republican Convention, where he eloquently said what needed to be said, nothing more, nothing less and...

especially when he stood with our Nation's Veterans by boldly taking a stand on their behalf, questioning why such tactics were being used against a group of WWII Veterans.

A lot of time and planning had gone into bringing WWII Veterans to Washington to visit their Memorial and while the President and the Democrats played their petty, divisive little political games, Cruz and other Conservatives, saw to it that these Veterans would not be turned away.

When people now see Cruz in different venues, they remember him standing out from the D.C. crowd...Set Apart...with the People!

Cruz set himself apart by making it about the Veterans, during the 2013 Government shutdown and he will always be remembered for that.

Senator Chuck Schumer - Self-Serving
Senator Chuck Schumer - Self-Serving

More barricades placed - only these aren't visible

Chuck Schumer's name is attached to this most recent 'Shut Down', just as Obama's was in 2013, when the Memorials were barricaded.

Barack and the Barricades! Sounds like a good book title to me.

How do these sound for book titles?

  • Shan't Schumer - (As long as Schumer has a say, you shan't get pay)
  • Schumer's Stand - (too bad he is always in the wrong line, for the wrong cause)

The bright spot in 2013 was not Obama or the Dems or their dastardly deeds.

The bright spot was Veterans having their access granted, as Senator Cruz led the charge.

The bright spot was the Tea Party and other Conservatives, removing those Barricades all across D.C., as they surrounded America's Veterans in solidarity.


Who will stand out this time?

Who will stand taller than either Party this go round?

What will be remembered?

Who will be remembered.

So far, the bright spot has been Budget Director Mick Mulvaney for reminding us all that the Dems "oppose a Bill that they do not oppose" and appropriately labeling this one, "the Schumer Shutdown".

Trump, has also been a bright spot as he has remained steadfast in seeing to it that our Military families and our Veterans are as minimally affected as possible, for as little time as possible.

His focus remains on the Citizens of the United States of America, including America's children, making it all about the People of this Nation!

Not sure what is being gained by Schumer and Company.

Their constant, in everybody's grill, infatuation with those here illegally, only places 'barricades', once more.

There may not be any physical barriers, requiring removal, but they exist, no doubt about that.

Schumer has placed barriers between himself and his Constituents.

The Democrats have shot themselves in the foot, once more.

I only hope that all of their Constituents are paying close attention to where their Representative's priorities lie and are taking notes.


Isn't it ironic that those that yell the loudest, in opposition to border walls, are the ones constantly placing walls, where they don't belong, between themselves and the public?

Maybe, I should have worded this another way....

They are placing walls between themselves and the Republic!

~I am just wondering what the Dems have up their sleeves (or in their bag of tricks) for the next time and you know there will be a next time, they cannot help themselves~

© 2016 A B Williams


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