For those of you who watched Seinfeld, you remember the character on the show called the “Soup Nazi” who epitomized what non-New Yorkers think of New Yorkers. As someone who went to school in New York City and spent a lot of time there, I loved the Seinfeld show. The show captured a lot of the ambiance of New York City–both good and bad.
The article reports:
Take the park rangers who last week locked under armed guard a group of senior citizens that included visitors from Japan, Australia, Canada and the U.S. inside Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park. Gordon Hodgson, the guide of the 41-person tour group, told the Livingston, Montana Enterprise that officials told him they could stay at the hotel but could not do anything.
…According to a report in USA Today, the Parks Service is now allowing veterans to visit memorials, but “non-veterans not practicing free speech are still barred from the memorials and mall.”
Who gets to decide who is practicing free speech or not? Are there “essential” federal employees assigned to the task?
What American law allows this?
The article concludes:
The ironic thing is that being mean is not helping the administration politically. Republicans are taking the most blame for the government shutdown according to polls, but President Barack Obama’s approval rating is only 37 percent, hardly a PR victory for him.
Ultimately the only thing he is proving through his nasty tactics is that he governs like the “Soup Nazi” of “Seinfeld” dispenses soup — arbitrarily and rudely. Shutdown or no shutdown, “No soup for you!” is not a way to run a country.
All of us need to remember the Soup Nazi the next time we vote.