WASHINGTON CITY – Residents from Washington and Iron Counties gathered on the Washington Parkway bridge over Interstate 15 on Saturday to express their dissatisfaction with President Obama.
The group was a part of a national protest movement known as Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment. Protester Harlan Monnett of La Verkin said that this was the second such protest, to his knowledge, in Washington County. The first was in August, and took place on the Bluff Street overpass in St. George.
The protesters expressed frustration with not only Obama’s policies but also with the bipartisan politics that led to the recent partial shutdown of the federal government.
“I’m a registered Republican, but I won’t be when I register this time around,” St. George resident Dan McAffee said. “I’ve decided that I’m more of a Libertarian.”
Bekkah Norris of St. George said that she came out to the protest because she was concerned about President Obama’s support of a proposed bill to ban “military-style assault weapons.”
“My right to keep and bear arms is important to me. I believe in fully protecting yourself,” Norris said. “I’m a certified NRA rifle and shotgun instructor, and I really don’t like his gun laws.”
McAffee said that he believes government regulation is suffocating the economy.
“They are constantly trying to regulate us. Now where is all our work going? It’s going overseas,” McAffee said. “The government just turns everything into an enormous bureaucracy, and all of a sudden it explodes into this huge thing and you can’t cut through all the red tape.”
Maureen Decker, of Cedar City, was frustrated when she found herself out of work when the government shutdown put her out of a job. Decker worked in the service industry at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. When the parks closed, her bosses asked her to stay on.
“They were keeping us there and we weren’t being paid,” Decker said. Her bosses told her “just in case they do reopen you have to stay here, but we don’t want you touching anything or doing any work,” she said.
Decker chose to return to Cedar City to find work, but she said that the whole experience has left her fed up with the two-party political system.
“If they’re going to butt heads, I don’t want to be a part of any of it,” Decker said. “I’m proud to be an American, but I’m not proud that some of our politicians are Americans.”
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