The federal government wants you to think twice before you do anything so rash as to even consider taking a jog in a park.
John Bell, of Chadsford, Pennsylvania, did not realize the risk he was taking when he innocently went for a run in Valley Forge National Park. (Valley Forge, no less. Oh, the painful irony of it.)
Imagine Mr. Bell's shock when he found park rangers with their car lights flashing, surrounding his car in the parking lot. Mr. Bell was summarily given a ticket for $100. Why? Because he was jogging in the park and the park is closed, don't you know, because of The Shutdown.
Mind you, there were others in the park, as well. But not to worry. The rangers informed Mr. Bell that they planned to nab every last one of them, as well.
So Mr. Bell, who has retained a lawyer to help him with this absurd situation, has joined the ever-growing list of American citizens who are simply trying to go about their lives and who find themselves with the jack boot of the government on their necks.
Mr. Bell joins Bruce O'Connell who runs a North Carolina inn that is now surrounded by armed park rangers who are keeping the inn shut down. Mr. O'Connell has ninety employees he is trying to protect who were depending on the last month of the season to get by, financially. Mr. O'Connell is filing a lawsuit and has reached out to elected officials in his state for assistance.
Both of these men appear to understand that something is seriously awry. And it surely is.
If anyone ever doubted the tyrannical nature of the left in America, these days should be a wake-up call. The government is abusing its power and sticking it to the American people. While far too many remain brainwashed that this is the fault of evil Republicans, I hope and pray that some will wake up and realize we are falling off a cliff as the fundamental transformation of America continues apace.