What was missing from nearly all the media coverage of the “immigration rally” on Tuesday on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was any mention of how the rally came to be held there in the first place. The mall is closed for the duration of the so-called government shutdown, and yet hundreds showed up. Many were arrested, including some left-wing congressmen who should have known better.
The rally, under the banner “Camino Americano [American Way]: Rally and March for Immigrant Dignity and Respect,” was just part of the Obama administration’s plan to make the shutdown as painful, inconvenient, and offensive for ordinary Americans as possible. Neither “dignity” nor “respect” has been any part of that strategy — which is instead designed to outrage and anger innocent taxpayers.
As NBC noted, the rally “was held as scheduled despite the Mall being closed during the government shutdown. Several popular Latino artists and members of Congress were also in attendance.” Among those arrested for obstruction were Representatives Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), John Lewis (D-Ga.), Raul Grivjala (D-Ariz.), Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), Al Green (D-Texas), Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), and Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.). These all support the radical immigration bill pending before Congress, and include other Friends of Obama (FOOs) as well, such as the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the AFL-CIO, which hosted the march.
The National Park Service (NPS) has come under fire for such disparate treatment of citizens and tried to explain away why some people are allowed on the mall while others are turned away. It’s all because of the First Amendment, said NPS spokesman Mike Litterst:
Under the same First Amendment rights that are allowing Honor Flight veterans and their families to visit the veterans memorials on the National Mall, other groups will be granted access to the park for First Amendment activities in according with National Park Service established regulations.
[Our] employees may be furloughed but the First Amendment continues.
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Photo of Democrat congressman and other protestors at Tuesday's immigration rally at the National Mall: AP Images