This Random Patriot Is Keeping D.C.’s Memorials Clean During the Shutdown

Heroes come in all forms. And when our nation’s elected lawmakers are held hostage by a once routine budget procedure that is now being held hostage in an attempt to force Democrats to ditch the Affordable Healthcare Act, the people themselves must rise up and do what the government can not. And this week, the government can not tidy up Washington D.C.’s memorials. That has Chris Cox of South Carolina concerned, because the Million Vet March is coming up, and Cox is not about to let America’s finest march on a city that isn’t looking its best. So, armed with a lawnmower and a chain saw, he’s sprucing up the grounds. He’s calling himself the Memorial Militia—because in these times, an army of one is as much as we can hope for—and he told AllNews 99.1 that “If they shut down our memorials, we’re still going to take the trash out, we’re going to clean the windows, we’re going to cut the grass, we’re going to pull the weeds, we’re going to do the tree work.”

Of course, there are just enough government employees left to enforce the law that nobody can do anything productive until Congress gets its act together (could be a while. A new study shows America’s current approval rating of Congress stands at a dumbfounding 5%) but Cox is hoping others will join his rogue mission to keep our national beautiful. Because when tidying up D.C.’s monuments is outlawed, only outlaws will tidy up D.C.’s monuments …

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