Commenter “Ymarsakar” puts his finger on one of the more disturbing developments that has come to light because of the shutdown:
…[T]he park service [used to be] your friendly friends at parks.
Until Obama ordered them to put the rod down on the peasants, and many of them obeyed, though not all.
It has struck me that this is an indication of both human nature (see Milgram’s research on obedience to authority) and what our country has become in recent years. Perhaps I’m wrong, but I don’t think the Greatest Generation would have been nearly as compliant.