Washington, D.C., under lockdown is frightening. Our federal government under shutdown is not funny. I was there when everything came to a standstill.
It was supposed to be a “bucket list” trip to visit the incredible museums and honor loved ones at the memorials. I wanted to salute my dad, who was a radio-gunner in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific, and my father-in-law, who was on a mine-sweeper off the coast of Italy.
Instead we saw the World War II Memorial from outside barricades. That was not what I had in mind!
The people we talked to weren’t …