Eight congressmen were arrested yesterday in an act of civil disobedience on the National Mall, which remains officially closed. The demonstration where several of them spoke, the “Camino Americano Rally and March for Immigrant Dignity and Respect," was sponsored by various union groups and pro-immigration advocacy organizations.
The lawmakers marched on the Capitol, determined to reenact the events of Les Miserables, and must have been disappointed that there were no barricades to storm. They contented themselves with locking arms as Capitol Police arrested them and (thankfully) did not launch into any extended musical crooning. The congressmen were all Democrats, and included soon-to-retire New York Rep. Charles Rangel.
Congressmen not arrested for their performances at the rally included House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who chanted “¡Si se puede!” and bid the audience welcome the singing group Los Tigres del Norte.
Pelosi seems to maintain a separate but equal position regarding the armed forces, indicated by her suggestion: “So, let us salute all of our men and women in uniform and our minority men and women in uniform.” One wonders why the distinction is necessary.
She bemoaned the government shutdown situation and its effects on national monuments. And she attributed the ability to congregate on the ostensibly closed National Mall to the magnanimity of President Obama: “I want to join my colleague who – thank the president for enabling us to gather here and also thank the president that veterans were able to gather at the World War II Memorial. And they said, the veterans said, contrary to the impression that may have been left here, the veterans said: ‘The Park Service bent over backward for us to be able to visit the World War II Memorial.’”
But the arrested congressmen might be doing their party narrative a disservice. Stephen Kruiser at PJ Media accuses Democrats of hypocrisy. The narrative out of House and Senate Democratic leaders has been that Republicans are anarchists for their resistance to certain laws, particularly Obamacare, which is the law of the land and thus unquestionable. “Imagine my surprise when I found out that eight members of Reid’s party were arrested for being unhappy with LAWS OF THE LAND,” writes Kruiser. The congressmen were arrested for blocking traffic. Causing an obstruction to make a point...hmm...where have we heard that before?
In the meantime, enjoy Les Miserables: