A missing child is every parent’s worst fear. It’s a terrible tragedy whenever it happens and as a parent you’re grateful knowing that law enforcement does everything in its power to recover a missing child safe and sound. So it came as a shock to all parents when we learned over the weekend that the amberalert.gov website had been taken down by the Obama Administration.
How could this happen? There are entire agencies of the government that were deemed essential and were ordered to keep working despite the shutdown. Why would the administration take down Amber Alerts? There are even other federal websites that were left up, sites that are nowhere near as essential as an Amber Alert.
Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move website was up. The official White House website was posting pictures of President Obama’s lunchtime photo-op from last Friday. A Postal Service site for stamp collectors was still live.
This type of action is childish. Thank goodness that the federal Amber Alert page didn’t shut down the actual alert system and thank goodness for conservatives on Twitter and Facebook who raised the alarm and forced Eric Holder’s Justice Department to put the site back up first thing Monday morning.
If we had a moderate, even-handed President ridiculous things like this wouldn’t happen. A President concerned with the public’s welfare would do everything he could to make the shutdown as painless as possible for ordinary Americans, not put them and their children at extra risk.
If President Obama weren’t such a liberal ideologue he’d use his bully pulpit to reassure Americans that while Congress fights about funding, his administration would do everything it could to keep things open. Instead, he engages in partisan theatrics designed to inflict pain on the public. Closing outdoor memorials, blocking people from their homes on federally-owned Lake Mead in Arizona, and shutting down the Amber Alert website are all part of the same partisan strategy.
What kind of activity does Obama allow on federal land? An amnesty rally on the National Mall, of course. That’s right. WWII vets are barred from their memorial but Nancy Pelosi and a crowd of pro-amnesty union goons get to stage a rally Tuesday on the Mall. If it’s everyday Americans this partisan president will lock them out and shut them down but when it is far-left illegal immigrant activists they of course have the red carpet rolled out for them.
No president should be trying to inflict pain on the public. Sadly, President Obama is doing just that.