I challenge any of our regular liberal letter writers to explain the rationale for the president and his cabinet to order open air monuments -- the World War II, Lincoln, Vietnam and the like -- closed. Yet they expended much effort to keep open the National Mall area in Washington to allow the pro-amnesty crowd to gather and have a large stage for their speeches. The government provided security, water and allowed porta-potties in, and even cleaned up the litter afterwards, but denied WW II veterans on the Honor Flights access to their memorial.
One national park ranger was quoted: "We are to impose as much pain as possible on the public." They even closed the roads near the open air Mount Rushmore.