KKK Rally Cancelled Due To Government Shutdown. Aw Shucks!

KKK Rally Cancelled Due To Government Shutdown

The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) had to cancel an Oct 5th rally at Gettysburg as national parks across the nation close due to the government shutdown. Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/craigoneal/ Craig ONeal

The Ku Klux Klan had a permit to hold a rally at Gettysburg on Saturday, October 5th. But, thanks to their brothers-in-spirit, the Tea Party, they will have to find somewhere else to wear their little costumes and wave their flags.

The Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, a Maryland-based group, had received a permit from the National Parks Service even though public outcry against it was vehement. The NPS even released a statement when they issued the permit:

“The National Park Service mission in preserving and protecting the historic resources at Gettysburg includes making them available to all Americans, even those whose views are contrary to the majority of the American public.”

Fair enough. But then the shutdown happened. Now all National Parks are closed until it’s over. Including, of course, the Gettysburg Battleground. The Museum and Visitor Center, which are privately funded, will remain open. But other historic areas of the Civil War battleground – such as the Eisenhower National Historic Site and Willis House – will be unavailable.

The KKK are not the only ones whose plans have been spoiled by the shutdown.

The NPS had to rescind 11 permits, cancelling the events that were planned around them. And that’s just at one National Park. Festivities to celebrate the 123rd anniversary of Yosemite National Park had to be cancelled on Tuesday, hours after the epic fail that is our current House of Representatives pushed the country over the cliff.

When President Obama spoke on Tuesday, he told us that this would happen:

“Tourists will find every one of America’s national parks and monuments, from Yosemite to the Smithsonian to the Statue of Liberty, immediately closed. And of course the communities and small business that rely on these national treasures for their livelihoods will be out of customers and out of luck.”

Not everyone was out of luck.

A group of WWII Veterans, who had been planning the trip for months, arrived at the WWII Memorial to find it open just for them. The 92 Veterans were flown to the Capital for free courtesy of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight: Honor Flights take Veterans to visit the memorial that was erected in their honor. The WWII Memorial closed as soon as they left, though, and other Honor Flights will find the memorial closed when they arrive. Including a group of 100 Veterans that arrive on Wednesday. It would be nice if they were able to visit the memorial, too. Several members of Congress have asked that the Veterans Memorials be exempted from the shutdown. I think that may be something we could all agree on.

But the fact that the KKK haz a sad? Yeah. I can deal with that.