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Republican Who Scolded Park Ranger At Closed WWII Memorial Hit With Ethics Complaint

neugebauerPerhaps you might have heard there’s a government shutdown going on right now.  And what goes along with a government shutdown is the closing of things like national parks and monuments.

One of the bigger stories surrounding such closings this week involved the WWII Memorial and a Texas Congressman who scolded a park ranger for denying people access to the site due to the government shutdown.  In other words, for doing her job.

Texas Rep. Randy Neugebauer publicly unleashed a verbal attack on the park ranger, who was denying people access to the closed WWII Memorial.  Neugebauer chided the ranger and the National Park Service for the closure.  The Texas Congressman said they “should be ashamed of themselves” for denying people access.

Wait — let that sink in for just a moment.

A Republican member of the House of Representatives (the people responsible for the shutdown which has closed memorials such as the WWII Memorial) said a park ranger and the National Park Service should be ashamed of themselves for denying people access.

This jackass needs to look in the mirror before he tells anyone that they should be ashamed of themselves for this shutdown.  It’s people like him who have caused this mess.  Not the Park Service or the park ranger who was working without pay that day due to Republicans holding our government hostage.

Well, Mr. Neugebauer’s pathetic public display has landed him with an ethics complaint stating that he was trying to intimidate the park ranger with his position in Congress, to force the ranger to allow access to the memorial.

Essentially he, as a member of the House of Representatives, used his position to publicly scold the ranger in an effort to shame her enough so that she would go against rules and allow access to the WWII Memorial — even though the Republican-forced shutdown clearly prevents that from being possible.

Nothing quite like attacking an innocent park ranger for something you caused to prove what a complete prick you really are.  The arrogance of this individual is reprehensible, and anyone who voted for him should be ashamed of themselves.

This poor woman was there, doing her job without any promise of being paid to do so, getting berated by a “public servant” for a situation that he and his party are responsible for.

But is this really all that shocking?  Republicans are no strangers to complete hypocrisy, and are often the first ones to blame someone else for the problems they caused.  President Obama knows that all too well.

And this shutdown is no different.  Only in the warped, delusional mind of a Republican can the Republican Speaker of the House, John Boehner, block a vote on the Senate resolution which would reopen our government — but it’s all President Obama and the Democrats’ fault.  The resolution would easily pass the House and be signed by President Obama but Boehner’s blocking it from being voted on, and yet they stand there and blame Democrats and President Obama for the shutdown.

I’ll tell you what — Republicans can call the shutdown the fault of President Obama and the Democrats the moment Boehner allows the House to vote on a clean Senate resolution, and it doesn’t pass the House.

But he won’t do that.  Because if he did, it would pass the House, and the government would be reopened.

Which is exactly what many Republicans don’t want to happen.

As far as Rep. Neugebauer goes, his official Facebook page is open for public comment.  How convenient!  I’d highly encourage you to head over there and let him know what you think of his actions, as I’m sure he’d be more than happy to hear from you.

About Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column. He is also the founder of the Right Off A Cliff facebook page, on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement. Follow Allen on Twitter as well, @Allen_Clifton.

  • Dana Pulley

    I do hope he reads my comment, and follows my advice, though I highly doubt he will. However, I do hope I gave him a good zing in the rear!

    “As a public servant, you should be ashamed of backing the government shutdown, over something that has great potential to help your very own constituents. You further compounded your culpability when you berated that park ranger for doing her duty, at a time when she was getting NO pay, as a result of your actions. I find that to be hypocritical, to say the least, and insulting at best. In short, you’re the very antithesis of what you claim to uphold. Please consider resigning, to save yourself further embarrassment.”

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