That's how the Feds are acting under the shutdown -- detailing men and materiel to shut down access to national monuments and parks, even shutting down (or trying to) private businesses in them. Federal websites are not being shutdown -- instead, new pages were added, dead-ending anyone hitting the URL. No 404 for fed.gov! Even the Federal Amber Alert page is down -- but don't worry, the real Amber Alert/Silver Alert system is run by the individual EAS systems of the individual states, and receives little if any funding from Uncle Sam.
This is like the behavior of an occupying army, one usually kept at bay by monstrous bribes that have been denied: close down the symbolic sites that might serve the natives as rallying-points, draw the blinds, turn off the lights....
Washington's bureaucracy, at the behest of their master, has spoken: they see us as the enemy. And we should not be at all surprised that their closest enemy is the House of Representatives, the single entity in the Federal government intended to represent The People.
Some of The People have been muttering for awhile now that all politics in the U.S. have become no more than a dress rehearsal for civil war. I still hope they're wrong -- but you've gotta wonder.
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