Tea Party ralliers push through barriers, blame Obama in protest

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WASHINGTON — Angered by the closure of national landmarks due to the partial government shutdown, a crowd of conservatives removed barricades Sunday at the World War II Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial as they rallied against President Barack Obama and Democrats for their role in the ongoing stalemate.

High-profile speakers with close ties to the tea party appeared at the event, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

The rally, billed as the “Million Vet March on the Memorials,” drew far fewer than a million people and evolved into a protest that resembled familiar tea party events from 2009, with yellow “Don’t Tread On Me” flags Teapartythroughout the crowd and strong anti-Obama language from the podium and the audience.

One speaker went as far as saying the president was a Muslim and separately urged the crowd of hundreds to initiate a peaceful uprising.

“I call upon all of you to wage a second American nonviolent revolution, to use civil disobedience, and to demand that this president leave town, to get up, to put the Quran down, to get up off his knees, and to figuratively come out with his hands up,” said Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch, a conservative political advocacy group.

On the first day of the government shutdown, October 1, a group of World War II veterans was barred from entering the open-air memorial. But with the help of a few Republican members of Congress, the veterans removed the barricades and streamed onto the site, as security guards stood aside.

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  • Voter

    For over 70 years he Republicans have wanted to get rid of Social Security. Now is their big chance to finally eliminate what they refer to as "entitlements". Next, they will cut all taxes on business. Is this a good goal for America? Throw granny in the street and cut taxes on the wealthy.

  • ><> Fish <><

    Yes, let's all form a gang to protect the corporate gangs and starve the downtrodden in the name of profits. Once the tea party crush the poor, sick and elderly, the corporations will have them for lunch next. What a bunch of idiots.

  • Skip

    It will be hard for the conservatives to claim they are more fiscally responsible after sending thousands of Federal workers home on furlough. And the laid off workers will still get paid, so what's the big savings for America's budget? Billions of dollars wasted while Palin and the Tea Party pretend to be more patriotic and blah blah blah.

  • dan

    the us owes Social Security more then any other country even china and they gave iou's so they do not have to pay interest on the money it is not entitlements it is the peoples money the government stole

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