And what happened next I found to be symbolic of the veterans' pride and love of country. They carted off many of the barriers in two man groups, walking them to the sidewalk in front of the White House and stacking them there. They even left a sign on one: return to sender. At one spot a Gadsden flag was even seen flying from the fence.
The protesters milled around in front of the White House, boisterous yet calm and peaceful, when suddenly a riot squad marched in and began to form a barrier between the veterans and the fence. They were met with boos and jeers, but no physical threat. Nothing was thrown at them. The police did physically jostle a few older vets although no one made any physical gestures toward them and the crowd stayed remarkably calm, yet loud. One tall, younger veteran, I would guess a former Marine or special unit fellow from the looks of his fit frame, was seen close to one of the officers and quietly talking. It became clear he was pointing out that what the vets were doing was peaceful and constitutional and that they had every right to be where they were in front of the People's House. The crowd followed his lead by chanting things like "This is a peaceful demonstration" or "The Gestapo isn't needed here". Several members said repeatedly "Stay calm" or "Stay peaceful".
Looking at the police, many of whom appeared very young and some wearing bicycle helmets instead of riot gear, they appeared edgy and unsure of themselves. I would guess that many of them didn't want to be there. In any event, after a few minutes of the standoff, a leader of the police unit, wearing a mike on his helmet, was seen engaged in a conversation with someone over the radio, probably his supervisor. At that point he signaled his unit to disengage and walk off. It was obvious that the veterans were not going to be violent and I believe he became concerned that some of his personnel were about to cause an incident.
I salute my fellow veterans who were there for their willingness to stand up for freedom and for sending a message of encouragement to all of us. But, in addition to the fact that government action would even require such a response, there is one other disconcerting thing: the media. The media barely covered the event, not even Fox News, which should have had a crew handling it live. It's as if even Fox sold out to the Administration. I mean, really, think about it. Look at the drivel that they cover from start to finish as news but they didn't find it newsworthy to cover America's veterans standing up and marching for liberty in the city that is supposed to be the hallmark of liberty. I find that lack of action by Fox to be despicable.
And as for the President of the United States? The actions your government have taken against the people of the United States displays disrespect and failure to stand for the oath which you so willingly took on two occasions. Shame on you and your cowardly behavior and that of your minions. We will not forget, this rising tide in America will not go away, and we will prevail. And it will be done peacefully and legally, but it will be done. We have God on our side. And, as is your predisposition, should you try and punish the cause, it will only grow stronger. Freedom has a ring to it much stronger than that of any wannabe tyrant. It's time for you to act like an American, not an enemy of the land you are supposed to be leading.
I want to give a special note of thanks to Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, leaders of the call for conservatism among elected officials, for making personal stands with the veterans and their cause. I am sure there were other elected personnel present but I could not make them out in the crowd. Every national elected official should have been there standing with the crowd; their absence tells volumes about what they don't represent. And also a special thank you to Sarah Palin for lending her support. God bless you, Sarah.
Americans, stand strong and true and never give up your liberty. And make a pledge that 2014 will be the year to clean the cobwebs out of Washington at the ballot box. It is our country; let's take her back.
Have a great day and week, keep up the good fight with the help of the Good Lord, and God bless America.