by Robert Rosebrock
LOS ANGELES – VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald has been scared off by gophers at the Los Angeles VA and will fail to open the front gates tomorrow as originally planned.
Two hundred years ago on June 16, 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte lost the “Battle of Waterloo” that ended his career as a French military leader.
Twenty four hours ago on June 2, 2015, Robert A. McDonald lost the “Battle of GopherGate” that is destined to end his career as Secretary of the VA.
Mark Twain forewarned: “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes.”
What was being smugly touted as “McDonald’s crossing the Grand Lawn,” an army of pocket gophers stood their ground and blocked this West Point graduate’s plan to open a locked front gate to the Los Angeles VA and ceremoniously march across land controlled by these defiant rodents that have hunkered down in defiant protest.
This grass-roots army of ground troops proved to be too much of a force for the feckless Secretary and his affluent and influential militia of “stakeholders” – a self-serving army of non-Veteran neighboring residents – who have canceled their unilateral plans to unlock a simple padlock and orchestrate a bogus “victory march” across the Grand Lawn.
Instead, Mac’s militia raised the white flag of surrender because of “safety and security concern” and “no grounds are not safe,” so sayeth the Secretary’s top assistants.
Congressman Ted Lieu’s senior deputy was more specific at last night’s Brentwood Community Council meeting, declaring tomorrow’s scheduled front-gate opening ceremony was “postponed” because they were concerned about possible injuries from stepping in gopher holes.
This is just more government lies because the annual AIDS Bicycle event will attract more than 5,000 attendees on this same Grand Lawn that the VA officials now claim to be unsafe. Well, if the Grand Lawn is unsafe and unsecure for the VA’s gate-opening charade on Thursday, how does it suddenly become safe and secure for the AIDS Bicycle fundraiser two days later on Saturday?
Over past weeks, volunteers for the AIDS Bicycle fundraiser have been working diligently to fill and cover up gopher holes on the Grand Lawn for their June 6th annual event, while the VA has assisted with large tractors and equipment to re-grade and re-landscape these same grounds for their originally planned June 4th gate-opening event.
Let there be no misunderstanding, what’s really unsafe and unsecure is the entrusted leadership of Robert McDonald to serve the best interests and greater good of all Veterans, including protecting and preserving land deeded solely for the benefit of war-injured and impoverished Veterans who remain homeless and hungry in our nation’s capital for homeless Veterans.
Nearly six months ago, Robert McDonald came to Los Angeles and surrendered nine illegal real estate deals held by his fat-cat cronies and gave it back to them in spite of a Federal Judgment adjudicating these third party deals as “unauthorized by law and therefore void.”
The next day he lied about his military service.
Los Angeles will become Robert McDonald’s Waterloo because his toy army of VA bureaucrats and fat-cat friends have now become so overwhelmed with Veterans Truth that they can’t even defeat an army of tiny gophers.
Robert McDonald should do the honorable thing and immediately announce his resignation before failing our Veterans even more than he already has, not to mention embarrassing himself even more here in Los Angeles.
God Bless America and the Veterans Revolution!