President Obama, as demonstrated by a senior aide who recently admitted that the administration doesn’t care how long the shutdown lasts as long as they are winning and scoring political points, is simply trying to make life difficult on Americans by closing parks and memorials or other locations of sentimental value just to make a point.

Take for example, the plantation home of George Washington at Mount Vernon, where the Park Service recently closed off the parking lot, despite being a privately owned tourist location.

And now an angry park ranger confirms it is designed with the intent of hurting the American people.

Via the Washington Times:

The games politicians play: Barack Obama is having a lot of fun using the government shutdown to squeeze the public in imaginative ways. The point of the shutdown game is to see who can squeeze hardest, make the most pious speech and listen for the applause. It’s a variation on the grade-school ritual of “you show me yours, and I’ll show you mine.”

President Obama is not a bad poker player, but the man with all the chips always starts with the advantage (and he gets all the aces). He has closed Washington down as tight as he dares, emphasizing the trivial and the petty in making life as inconvenient as he can for the greatest number. It’s all in a noble cause, of course. Access to most of the memorials is limited, and often in curious ways.

The Park Service appears to be closing streets on mere whim and caprice.

“It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

Watching the federal government close off a privately-owned business solely for political style points should scare the hell out of you. This is the stuff of dictatorships.