Gov’t Thugs Forcing Hotel To Close During Shutdown – Business Owner Stands Defiant! (VIDEO) Austin Petersen October 5, 2013 Abuse of Authority, Headline News 1252 Share14K +19 Tweet121 Pin4 Share1 Share Reddit1 Stumble1 EmailShares 15K There comes a time when every man must choose if he will bow, or if he will stand! MOUNT PISGAH, N.C. – National Park Service rangers blocked the entrance to Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway southwest of Asheville, N.C. The company that runs the facility on federal-leased land had defied the government’s shutdown order before police blockaded his small business. Bruce O’Connell is the owner of the establishment, who is trying to do business in the height of tourist season while the federal government is forcing nationwide shutdowns of parks and services. At first he planned on acquiescing to government demands to close shop, but he then decided on Thursday to reopen in defiance of shutdown orders. It didn’t take long before the cops moved in. O’Connell was inspired after the World War II veterans stormed the barricades in Washington D.C. that were blocking them from seeing their memorial. National Park Service have erected stronger barricades and wired them shut in order to block tourists from visiting open air monuments. “Conscience, conviction. That’s about it,” O’Connell said of his decision to keep his business open in defiance of orders to close. The standoff only lasted about two hours before Park Rangers were called in to block the entrances to his establishment and stop him from selling cookies, gifts and food to hungry tourists. READ: Government spreading “Washington Monument Syndrome”. The Blue Ridge Parkway is not a closed national park so there seems to be no legitimate reason for the shutdown of the small business, other than to force private citizens to feel as much pain as possible. Communities with national parks will lost around $76 million per day due to the forced shutdown. A vote in the federal government today established that furloughed state employees will receive back pay, but of course no private citizens losing money from their businesses can make up for losses incurred. Steve Stinnett, Chief of the Blue Ridge Parkway Police is standing by to make sure that “people don’t utilize a business that, according to the federal government, is closed.” Share14K +19 Tweet121 Pin4 Share1 Share Reddit1 Stumble1 EmailShares 15K Woman sticks arm in tiger cage. Tiger bites it clean off!Dog Eats $500, Man Collects Poop, Returns to Treasury, Government Replaces MoneyAbout The AuthorAustin PetersenFounder Austin Petersen is the founder of The Libertarian Republic, as well as the CEO of Stonegait LLC. Formerly an Associate Producer for Judge Andrew Napolitano's show "Freedom Watch", on the Fox Business Network. Austin was referred to by the Judge as "The right side of my brain". He built Judge Napolitano's social networks with over 700,000 fans and millions of clicks a month. Austin graduated from Missouri State University. He has written and produced award winning plays and videos, and previously worked for the Libertarian National Committee and the Atlas Economic Research Foundation.