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A monumental mistake
Washington Post, by Kathleen Parker

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Posted By:StormCnter, 10/6/2013 5:34:06 AM

Losing a hard-fought battle confers no dishonor, but losing a badly chosen battle is embarrassing. And then there’s ridiculous. Into the last category goes the decision to close the nation’s monuments to make sure that the government shutdown strikes the hearts of all The American People, whose constant invocation by pandering politicians fills one with self-loathing. (Who wants to be an “American People,” given the quality of our spokesfolksen?) Then again, ridiculous is perhaps too generous a word. Closing the monuments, especially the World War II Memorial, can be reduced, fittingly, to a single syllable: Dumb. It is fitting because

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mainelysane, 10/6/2013 5:57:39 AM     (No. 9552424)

Parker´s support of Obama was and remains a monumental mistake.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: steveW, 10/6/2013 6:17:42 AM     (No. 9552431)

No, Kathleen, your "progressive" President Dreamboat did not make "dumb mistake". He did it on purpose, out of the same spite and hatred and need to destroy that drives every "progressive" on earth. This is Hope and Change without make-up on - punishing the Good and rewarding the Bad. If only you could see past Dreamboat´s intoxicating smile.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ladychatalie, 10/6/2013 6:21:18 AM     (No. 9552432)

FTA: "While one may sympathize with Obama’s contempt for his congressional adversaries, he may have cut off his own nose with an unforced error of magnified proportions. Spite is unbecoming a president, as Richard Nixon proved in another era of national disruption. But beyond personality, it is baffling to imagine anyone thinking that the way to winning hearts and minds is by disrespecting the nation’s most beloved demographic." Kathleen mistakenly still believes Obama wants to ´win hearts and minds.´ How many dead Americans will it take before Kathleen finally recognizes that Obama never cared about winning hearts and minds, but only about destroying every good thing about the USA?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: littleorby, 10/6/2013 6:24:34 AM     (No. 9552435)

The democrats and elitist republicans all agree that the defunding of obamacare was a mistake, that the government shutdown is a mistake, and what do they suggest we do? Cave and give Obama his way.

Congress has done just that for almost six years now, and what has been the end results? The end results have been the robbing of the treasury of trillions, YES TRILLIONS of dollars which has lined the pockets of union bosses, and big time donators to the left wing politicians.

Enough is enough! Hang tough Tea Party Patriots!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Blue hen1, 10/6/2013 6:35:59 AM     (No. 9552437)

Calling hm a "petty bully" is being to kind

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Reply 6 - Posted by: sinic, 10/6/2013 6:43:33 AM     (No. 9552439)

As it has been all his life, he EXPECTS to get his way EVERY time. I don´t think Ms. Parker understands that, when he doesn´t get his way, he shows his true colors...a vile, petulant, nasty little man who enjoys spreading the pain around solely to make sure he gets his way in the end. Despicable doesn´t begin to describe him.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: beca, 10/6/2013 6:47:38 AM     (No. 9552441)

this was NO MISTAKE...this was purposeful evil...vengence.....nastiness...pettiness...and I HAVE THE POWER TO DO IT...

lots of mistakes have been made by this president....why ...because the job is way too big for him...this one was a monumental...sic sic mistake....this one caught the attention of the american people Big Time.......no going back barry.....you did it..............no excuses will matter...

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Jebediah, 10/6/2013 6:53:43 AM     (No. 9552442)

And has anyone noted that both Camp David and Obama´s military GOLF COURSE remain open FOR HIM. Maximum discomfort only applies to us peons!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: rfr46, 10/6/2013 6:54:37 AM     (No. 9552443)

Not dumb. Spiteful, manipulative, abusive, contemptible, beneath the dignity of the office, insulting to our intelligence, gangsterish, petty, etc.
Not dumb but very intentional.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 10/6/2013 6:56:29 AM     (No. 9552444)

Kathleen Parker´s information (article´s, too) is old. Everything, including Iwo Jima Memorial, is again closed to the public costing more than if Obama had just left them alone.

Article is dated October 4...Friday.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Gretchen, 10/6/2013 6:58:11 AM     (No. 9552446)

Predictably, Parker attempts to protect the President from this debacle. Yes dear, it was a petty bureaucrat who ordered the closings of our monuments, and his name is Barak Hussein Obama.

She would have done better to just keep her pen quiet over this one.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 10/6/2013 7:38:04 AM     (No. 9552475)

FTA: Nearly any but the die-hardest tea party member regrets the shuttering of the U.S. government.

what exactly does this mean????

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Reply 13 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 10/6/2013 7:47:04 AM     (No. 9552484)

Any notion that Ms Parker is the Wapo´s token conservative just vanished with her willful attempt to cover this Obama´s ass(redundant).

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Reply 14 - Posted by: franq, 10/6/2013 7:48:21 AM     (No. 9552485)

Someday this Parker woman may secretly thank the Tea Party. Yes, the Tea Party, which is rapidly becoming the whipping boy for all the nation´s problems.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 10/6/2013 7:52:38 AM     (No. 9552494)

Those of you saying shutting down the monuments was not a mistake are missing is that one can do something that is a mistake on purpose. Obama shutdown the monuments in an attempt to stir up anger against Republicans over the government shutdown. However, shutting down the monuments was a mistake because it did not have that effect. It made people angry with him and his fellow Democrats over the government shutdown.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: ocjim, 10/6/2013 7:59:06 AM     (No. 9552500)

You were completely fooled by a lawless tyrant, Ms Parker. That required no small amount of self-deception that should now give you great pause.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: veritas, 10/6/2013 8:14:43 AM     (No. 9552512)

A highly-charitable reading of the column says it´s stupid as well as utterly wrong. Not good, is it?

Look, girlie -- putting up barricades might have been dumb, might have been a mistake, might have been over-reach or whatever.

But coming back the next day and wiring them together is the act of hate. Of evil. Nothing else can explain it, especially given the immediate negatives the Barrycades deservedly got. It´s an attack. While there can be an air of enmity in an organization [coming of course from the top down -- see IRS], hate is singular. It is solitary. It may be copied, but it is of a single source.

See my #33 on Thread 755050 yesterday for a full exposition on this gestating Caligula. Thanks.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: JAN, 10/6/2013 9:04:51 AM     (No. 9552586)

Parker Parker Parker, haven´t you figured it out yet. Your president is venal, vile, and vicious.

Not a shred of honor, integrity, or humility.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 10/6/2013 9:12:10 AM     (No. 9552608)

Parker needs to get out from behind her faux gentility and use some words that really apply. The first one that comes to my mind starts with chicken and rhymes with hit. It is what one should expect from a small minded, small time Chicago Thug who lucked his way into power via a morally bankrupt news media.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 10/6/2013 10:05:24 AM     (No. 9552695)

To understand Obama you only had to hear him the other day criticizing the Republicans for the actions that HE himself is advocating, throwing the blame for HIS actions on the other party. A lying hypocrite, like robbing a bank and then blaming the guard for doing so. This is not just my opinion, it is a fact that I heard him state publicly.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: cheeflo, 10/6/2013 12:18:26 PM     (No. 9552889)

She starts out well, but then returns to her own squishy confusion, without any real grasp of what is really happening.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: bighambone, 10/6/2013 4:03:58 PM     (No. 9553129)

Shutting down the World War II memorial was no accident, as the Obama Administration clearly wanted to make a political point as to how hurtful the government shutdown could be to average Americans, and picked on the World War II memorial, which caused an entanglement with a number of Honor Flights of very elderly World War II veterans, a lot of who were in wheelchairs. Those veterans came to Washington, DC to view their memorial and were not to be denied. I was there and watched as the old veterans pushed the barriers out of the way and continued their tour of their memorial.

Barriers were also placed around the Korean War and Vietnam War (Wall) memorials, but when we got there the barricades were put aside and people visited those memorials as normal. There were no uniformed federal employees at those memorials. Obviously the Obama crew were not about to ask for a confrontation with the much more volatile Vietnam War veterans, so they just ignored that memorial, and picked on the real old veterans in wheelchairs.

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