Rich Galen

One vet was reported to have shouted at Park Policemen "Normandy was closed when we got there, too."

Whether that's true or apocryphal doesn't really matter. It's the way veterans today think. Since World War II we have veterans of many military actions. Most of them don't have a memorial to their service nor to their comrades' sacrifice.

Yesterday veterans from around the country converged on Washington to force open the war memorials as well as such iconic sights as the Lincoln Memorial.

The Park Police, just doing what they are instructed to do, largely allowed the demonstrators to move barricades and hold their events. Some people brought Confederate flags which, at best, is antithetical to the effort, but they didn't ask my advice. Also antithetical was the omnipresence of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx) whose demands that Republicans in the House and Senate tie funding the government to de-funding ObamaCare is largely responsible for this mess, but he didn't ask my advice, either.

The broader point, though, is that American veterans of military service were not jeered and were not subject to the shouts and taunts of angry mobs.

They made their point: President Obama shutting down national monuments is as foolish as Sen. Cruz demanding the GOP shut down ObamaCare.

Members of the House and Senate are often foolish. We expect better of our President.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at