""I'd say this is a result of the American political system breaking down ... it just doesn't work anymore.""
Not too surprising in a country whose leaders believe that a democratic majority is 60% Bill.
Did any of them progress beyond primary school year two?
""Also, I heard of people who were barred from entering the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. That's usually an open area anyone can enter. Seems strange to go to the effort to block it off.""
Indeed it does Joe, and how strange for workmen to agree to establish the blockage, before being laid off without pay.
I don't know about you, but I strongly believe that any British workman in those circumstances would have told 'em where to shove it..........sideways!