WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 24: Trash begins to accumulate along the National Mall due to a partial shutdown of the federal government on December 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. The partial shutdown will continue for at least a few more days as lawmakers head home for the holidays as Democrats and the Trump administration cannot agree on an amount of funding for border security. (Photo by Win McNamee/Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM) — Normally, I don’t start working on my list of turkeys of the year quite this early.
But the early leaders in the clubhouse are the people taking advantage of the government shutdown to desecrate our national parks.
The Associated Press reports that some of the people who’ve flocked to popular California parks like Yosemite and Joshua Tree have celebrated the absence of park staffers to collect admission and enforce the rules by – are you ready:
· Dumping their trash all over the roads and woods, endangering wildlife;
· Off-roading illegally in restricted areas;
· Fighting over campsites;
· Relieving themselves in public;
· And, my favorite detail, stringing Christmas lights across ancient trees in a state ravaged by wildfires.
“‘It’s a free-for-all,’’’ one local told AP as the government announced closures due to the vandalism.
“There is more trash and human waste and disregard for the rules than I’ve seen in my four years living here.’’
We vent a lot about irresponsible politicians, and there’s plenty of malpractice behind this government shutdown.
But the California park vandals are right out of the movie “Idiocracy,” about a guy who wakes up 500 years from now and finds that stupidity has triumphed and our country is a wasteland of garbage and destruction.
You help pay for the national parks, so this was an insult to all of us.
2019 is off to a slow start with these folks, but look on the bright side – the news can only get better from here.