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Rallier tells Obama to ‘put the Quran down’

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At rally, Obama told to drop Quran

At rally, Obama told to drop Quran

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Updated 3:37 p.m. ET, 10/13/2013

Washington (CNN) - 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 throughout 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, assecurity guards stood aside.

The Department of Interior has since said that veterans with the Honor Flight program will be permitted to visit the memorial as part of their First Amendment rights, but otherwise the site is closed to the general public until the government reopens.

Cruz, the senator who’s become the face of the Republican stance in the shutdown, attacked the Obama administration for fencing off the memorial and other national monuments, saying the closures were nothing but a political ploy.

“This is the people’s memorial. Let me ask a simple question. Why is the federal government spending money to erect barricades to keep veterans out of this memorial?” he asked. “Our veterans should be above politics. Enough games.”

Demonstrators removed the barricades Sunday at the rally, tossing them into a pile nearby. After the speeches, the crowd wandered down to the nearby Lincoln Memorial and removed its barriers as well. When some officers tried to put them back up, protesters took them from the officers’ hands and carried them away from the memorial.

“You look around though and you see these barricades and you have to ask yourself, is this any way that a commander in chief would show his respect, his gratitude to our military? This is a matter of shutdown priorities,” Palin said.

Anti-Obama sentiments echoed throughout the crowd Sunday, with one protester yelling out “punk” to describe the president and one speaker saying Obama is not the president of “the” people but “his” people. Multiple signs read “Impeach Obama.”

Asked last week whether the White House had any say in the closure of the World War II Memorial, spokesman Jay Carney said Republicans were at fault.

“Every House Republican who has decried any impact from this shutdown, as if they were surprised that it would happen, clearly didn’t pay attention when every agency of the federal government posted on their websites … what would happen if the government were shut down, including the closing of national memorials and national parks,” he said at a press briefing.

“If any member of Congress who got in front of a television camera to try to get some attention on this issue spent half that time on the floor of the House voting to open the government, we wouldn’t have a problem,” he added.rokus1

Later on Sunday, some people from the rally walked over to Pennsylvania Avenue carrying the barricades and dumped them in front of the White House. While they gathered peacefully for the most part, some were more vocal and shouted at police on horseback. “You work for us,” some chanted.

At one point, some pushing and shoving took place as police in riot gear began to put up some barricades in front of part of the White House fence.

Tourists were also among the mix Sunday, taking pictures as normal, while others simply came out of curiosity.

Ashley Killough wrote; Shannon Travis and Brian Rokus reported from the National Mall and the White House. CNN’s Jim Acosta also contributed from the White House.

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  1. That was not the purpose of the demonstration. The organizers for the march were very angry that conservative Republican politicians took over their demonstration and used veterans to attempt to further their political agenda:

    [“The political agenda put forth by a local organizer in Washington DC [sic] yesterday was not in alignment with our message. We feel disheartened that some would seek to hijack the narrative for political gain,” the group wrote on its Facebook page Monday morning. “The core principle was and remains about all Americans honoring Veterans in a peaceful and apolitical manner. Our love for and our dedication to remains with Veterans, regardless of party affiliation or political leanings.”]

  2. If I understand correctly, some of these teabaggers just sort of. . .you know. . .snatched baricades away from police and then simply went on their merry way? No flogging? No pepper spray? No arrests?

  3. Twunt

  4. I am frankly terrified at the happenings in our proud nation. I will be quick to say that I blame Senator Cruz and his cohorts for the dividing of our united nation, for the holding hostage of our budget and the funds essential to keeping our nation afloat.

    Under our government lies a proud history of freedom of religion and even, freedom from religion. Suddenly I am hearing our President being attacked for being a Muslim. He is being told to put the Quran down.

    Anyone not sucked into the lies of Senator Cruz and the insanity of the Tea party knows that our president is not a Muslim, but if he were, what of it?? Do we no longer allow freedom of religion. Do we no longer pride ourselves on our nations acceptance of all peoples and all religions? Are we no longer Americans? Do we allow these anti American citizens to run amok in our government without moving to control them?

    I am very frightened for my beloved country and the freedoms we so treasure.

  5. Let’s do a wee bit o editing here for the sake of argument.

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

    Odd thing, either way, the person saying the original quote…
    Christians go around holding their Bibles,
    and are told to pray on their knees within the context of the Bible,
    and they are told that when you raise your hands to heaven you are seeking
    forgiveness.

    I think either way that for anyone to call out a man for a faith (which has never really been proven) is in total opposite of our Constitution says.

    For some reason this question of religion is continuously brought up.

  6. I wonder if anyone is considering the fact that closing these monuments is not merely because of the government shut down, but possibly due to the fact that there would not be adequate security present to protect those paying homage to those monuments.

    Without adequate security so many things could go wrong.

  7. ““This is the people’s memorial. Let me ask a simple question. Why is the federal government spending money to erect barricades to keep veterans out of this memorial?” he asked. “Our veterans should be above politics. Enough games.”

    Number one…veterans of the United States of America are not HIS veterans. He IS from Canada and Cuban descent. I mean eventually someone is going to feel so strongly about this they are not going to give up on this fact. And since he is NOT American, he should not even be allowed to run for the office of President. If Arnie was not allowed, then neither should he be. If Kissinger could not have run for office, then neither should he.

    He does not even represent his Canadian values and begins to sound more and more like the earlier version of Castro. Cruz’ father after all was a high ranking military man under Castro’s army.

  8. ““You look around though and you see these barricades and you have to ask yourself, is this any way that a commander in chief would show his respect, his gratitude to our military? This is a matter of shutdown priorities,” Palin said.”

    And maybe the closures were done in order to prevent some person wandering around from doing something a wee bit more ‘dangerous’.
    Perhaps, just perhaps, the closures were also due to something more sinister.

    Republicans are forcing Obama to shut down areas of D.C making them more susceptible to possible terrorist attacks. Perhaps????

    Anything is possible. Yes?!

  9. Remember, there more domestic terrorists in this country then naught.

  10. Bravo!
    Well said chap!
    “Asked last week whether the White House had any say in the closure of the World War II Memorial, spokesman Jay Carney said Republicans were at fault.

    “Every House Republican who has decried any impact from this shutdown, as if they were surprised that it would happen, clearly didn’t pay attention when every agency of the federal government posted on their websites … what would happen if the government were shut down, including the closing of national memorials and national parks,” he said at a press briefing.

    “If any member of Congress who got in front of a television camera to try to get some attention on this issue spent half that time on the floor of the House voting to open the government, we wouldn’t have a problem,” he added.”

    In other words, those who speak so loudly against the fact the closures have been taking place are the very ones directly responsible for those closures. They simply want everyone to put the blame on Obama’s shoulders. To make him look bad.

    Let me reiterate something here…
    If something negative does take place at those monuments who will be blamed if some innocent is hurt due to some dastardly plot. There is no security in these areas. It is a blank slate now, susceptible to anything and anyone. Without watchful eyes.

    But I promise you this, there are still watchful eyes on those areas. I promise you that. Man power is not really needed much anymore with all the technologies available for security means.

  11. When the riot gear comes out, I promise you the order was given due to the fact there was a concern for the occupants of the White House. I am certain they put staff and occupants on high alert status. It’s protocol.

  12. Obama can not shoulder the weight of this burden. The burden must be on the shoulders who plotted for this to happen. It is not the first time it has happened though. The Republicans tried this in Obama’s first term. Now being lead by some of the more “questionable” members of the Republican and Tea Party people, they are trying to make it appear as if every thing they do is squarely placed on the shoulders of Obama. As if he is to blame for the manner in which our government transacts its business.

    We all know this to be non-truth.

    Havin Ted Cruz’ name as well as Sara Palin’s name attached to these events shatters the belief in American values in and of itself. Cruz, not being an American. And Palin for the state of our educational system. It failed Mrs. Palin. It is further more, failing our current youth in this country.

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