Time was when Washington Monument Syndrome was a passive form of coercion.
IT’S ALL FOR SHOW: Shutdown Fascism In the Smoky Mountains. “It is obvious that the Park Service intends to block access to these trailheads, even though it literally costs them nothing to leave them open and by closing them they actually increase the possibility of serious problems for drivers on the road and hikers still in the park. In fact, it is costing them money they don’t have trying to block access. To block access is thus a deliberate, senseless, and mean-spirited act that demonstrates quite clearly the political goals of the Obama administration during this shutdown.” Yeah, kinda like blocking off the World War II memorial. I’m surprised they didn’t put a bag over the Washington Monument.