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The Second Battle of Yorktown: Defying the Park Service

Written by Gary North on October 11, 2013

A restaurant owner in the Colonial National Historical Park in Yorktown was told by the National Park Service to close his restaurant. The Park Service does not own it. It leased the building to the owner. It unilaterally broke its lease.

He closed it for a few days. Then he re-opened it.

The Park Service now has a huge public relations problem. It can choose to enforce its order. It can send in armed men to force the closing. Or it can just ignore this act of defiance.

The media have picked up the story as a human interest story. In this story, the Park Service is the villain — a bureaucratic agency trying to force the Republicans in the House to raise the debt ceiling. “Shut it down!” This mentality led to the closing of various Washington monuments. It has backfired on the senior-level bureaucrats who came up with this policy. First, a bunch of World War II vets removed the barriers, and walked into the monument area. Now a restaurant owner is doing the same thing.

What’s a bureaucrat to do?

It is significant that the restaurant owner is taking his stand in Yorktown. This makes the Park Service’s PR problem even worse. Yorktown is where George Washington, with help from the French fleet, defeated General Cornwallis in October 1781. That defeat ended Great Britain’s resistance to the American Revolution. The Park Service wants to be seen as George Washington. Instead, it is being seen as Cornwallis. It is going to lose this PR battle. It’s the bureaucratic world turned upside down.

This confirms North’s law of bureaucracy: “Some bureaucrat will eventually enforce a regulation to the point of utter imbecility.”

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28 thoughts on “The Second Battle of Yorktown: Defying the Park Service

  1. Or McCarthy's Rule of Inverse Power Exercise:
    "The use of power is inversely proportional to the amount of power possessed."
    The smaller the bureaucrat, the more they will use their power in petty punitive ways.
    See my similar post in PatriotUpdate: http://patriotupdate.com/articles/didnt-build-mou
    For a preview of "coming attractions" under this and future Progressive administrations, read my conservative political thriller
    The Noah Option http://www.amazon.com/The-Noah-Option-Michael-McC

  2. NoMoreMarxistsInDC says:

    It's called the "Napolean complex".

  3. This is Obama trying to inflict pain on the people , it is going to bsck fire on him ,just wate and see 2014 mid term elect.

  4. Johnny Walker says:

    What is amazing is that "The media have picked up the story as a human interest story", rather than employing their usual tactic – presenting it as a greedy businessman defying the laws of the land, and the will of the people.

  5. Everyone was so ecstatic to have a black man ensconced as president because it would finally prove what a color-blind and equal-rights society America is. NEVER in my life have I ever heard and read so many references to "serfdom", "slavery", "overlord", "master", "tyrant" and "despot" (even from former supporters who voted for him on the basis of race alone). 😉

  6. What media? Haven't seen it anywhere except on conservative websites.

  7. They did the same thing at the Pisgah Inn and Restaurant in NC. The private business leases the property and building from the park service on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Parkway is open, but some dumb Rangers went (as ordered?) to the entrance to the Inn and turned people away. And it's now peak season for tourist there as the leaves are changing color. Maybe it's time to collect the names, addresses, family members' names, etc. of the goons that try to enforce illegitimate acts of aggression against innocent, private people.

  8. We know who the real serfs are.
    Free men defy their leaders.
    Serfs deify them.

    Every time I hear someone proclaiming Obama as the messiah who can do no wrong because he is black, I see another who has voluntarily sold himself into slavery.

  9. Funny how when the government is open, it can't spare the money to turn away illegal aliens at the border, but with a bally-hoed "total shutdown" it can chase tourists out of a national park. It just shows how low our federal government has sunk with the type of leadership we've had for the last 50 years.

  10. Enjoyed the book immensely
    Too close to reality for comfort.

  11. Virgil_Hilts says:

    "A bureaucrat is the most despicable of men, though he is needed as vultures are needed, but one hardly admires vultures whom bureaucrats so strangely resemble. I have yet to meet a bureaucrat who was not petty, dull, almost witless, crafty or stupid, an oppressor or a thief, a holder of little authority in which he delights, as a boy delights in possessing a vicious dog. Who can trust such creatures?"

    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  12. Virgil_Hilts says:

    And this one. ""Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat disregarded."

  13. Virgil_Hilts says:

    Try these: ""Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat disregarded."
    "A bureaucrat is the most despicable of men, though he is needed as vultures are needed, but one hardly admires vultures whom bureaucrats so strangely resemble. I have yet to meet a bureaucrat who was not petty, dull, almost witless, crafty or stupid, an oppressor or a thief, a holder of little authority in which he delights, as a boy delights in possessing a vicious dog. Who can trust such creatures?"

    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  14. Just read and enjoyed the book. Atlas Shrugged updated

  15. AD Roberts says:

    And still the media continues to blame the Republicans, in spite of the fact that it is Harry Reid who refuses to do ANYTHING until the Republicans accept UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER. By the way, these bureaucrats were NOT instructed to do these things by the Republicans.

    They WERE instructed to do them by OBAMA AND VALERIE JARRETT, the Iranian.

  16. If these businesses have a lease, they can't be shut down by the lessor without a court eviction notice.

  17. CrustyOldGeezer says:

    South Dakota State government ordered the barricades removed from STATE HIGHWAYS at 'scenic pull outs' after the feds closed them so People could not see Mount Rushmore.

    Now if ALL States would just take possession of any and ALL 'national parks and monuments', tell the feds the lands belong to the People not a bunch of inept politicians or their equally inep appointees with zero qualifications for the positions they hold.

    ALL States already have identical agencies to manage every aspect of respecting and maintaining ALL 'public lands" in the States borders.

    The feds claim the "supremacy clause', but that is only valid for national security issues. I doubt Yosemite is a national security issue.

  18. Harold Dean says:

    All self respecting Park Service Employees and Park Service Police should have immediately tendered their resignations and walked off the job when informed by the Obama administration to perform these disgusting duties since they are plainly illegal in nature. I will never again respect either service


  20. I once told a local politician, who was expounding on his public service, that politicians only perform two functions: One, they raise taxes for pet projects and Two, they pass new laws. Now God knows few people want to pay more of their hard earned money in additional taxes for idiot projects and we already have so many laws that no one can keep track of the ones we already have, so why do we need more? Needless to say, he was both aggravated and speechless.

  21. I say good job restaurant owner! Sue the National Park Service for lost revenue and tenant/landlord rights violations. Make it sting big.

  22. Problem–if the restaurant owner wins, it comes out of our hides, not the bureaucrats'.

  23. What would really be good is a law stating that if litigation results from bureaucratic action and the plaintiff wins, the bureaucrat is either fired or his wages garnished. No more immunity.

  24. Everyone should also read "Barack Obama's Rules For Revolution" by David Horowitz and "Behind The Green Mask", by Rosa Koire. Obama has an entirely different agenda than what he presents to the American Public. He has been groomed several years before he was fraudulently elected to office the first time (as well as the 2nd time) by a Group called The Bilderberg Group (about 130 multi- billionaires in number). Who's henchman is George Soros (also a billionaire) and their Ideology is to accomplish "One World Government" (Global Domination). The UN has passed UN Agenda 21 (their plan for the 21st Century to accomplish their goals) It had been approved by every President since George H Bush and Clinton has issued an Executive Order to have it implemented in the US. A small part of the Agenda is to remove people residing on Government and Public Lands and move them into the cities where they can be better controlled. All under the guise of Environmental & Climate Control. This includes taking away their weapons by what ever means possible.

    By the way, there is an organization of County Sheriffs called the Constitutional Sheriff's & Police of America (CSPOA), organized by Sheriff Richard Mack, who were previously called the "Oath Keepers" and have all taken the Oath "to protect and defend the US Constitution as a Sheriff or Policeman. They will not take any orders from the Federal Government that is contrary to our Constitution and have done so several times so far. They have close to 200 members and are growing. Support them when you can.

    This is a large bite to chew, but it is even more complex than I have addressed here. All of this can be readily verified on Google. Once you understand this you can stop "pissing in the wind" ; then prepare yourselves for what Europe and the Middle East is experiencing now in real time.

  25. So, how much of this park closure thing has to do with the fact that we sold our park sovereignty out to UNESCO (World Heritage Sites)?

  26. Absolutely they should be held personally liable. Most of these agency, administrative (read: non-judicial) actions are not based on the written law, but on the bureaucratic reflex to always say "No".

  27. dontgothere says:

    we just have to make sure people don't "forget" come Nov 2014 – remember that's a long time away.

  28. When one disregards the main law of the land like the Constitution… ignoring a little thing like contract law is no problem. Like that contract between the Fed, States, and Individuals called the Constitution….