The partial federal government shutdown is certainly serving to illuminate the stark divide between what everyday Americans care about—being free to visit monuments to American heroes on the National Mall, watching the Air Force-Navy football game—and what the modern Democratic party cares about—forcing other people to buy health insurance against their will. After all, if Democratic senators and President Obama would simply agree to delay Obamacare’s individual mandate for a year, on the heels of Obama lawlessly having delayed Obamacare’s employer mandate for a year, the federal government shutdown would immediately be averted. Fortunately, however, private citizens and companies are starting to step up and fill the void caused by the Democrats’ commitment to coercion.
The Washington Times reports:
“For fans complaining that the government shutdown could scrub one of the biggest college football games of the weekend, United Airlines may be saving the Navy-Air Force game, originally scheduled for Saturday in Annapolis.
“With the service academies saying they must call off their athletic events in light of the budget freeze, United said Wednesday it would fly the Air Force team to the game at no charge.
“‘We hate cancellations, so we’re offering to fly @AF_Academy to this year’s Air Force-Navy game. Retweet if you agree,’ the airline posted on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.”
The decision to cancel the game wasn’t made by the service academies but by the Obama Defense Department. In fact, Allahpundit reports that the game wouldn’t cost any federal money at all.
UPDATE: The game is back on:
ANNAPOLIS, Md.--The United States Naval Academy and United States Air Force Academy have received approval from the Department of Defense to play on Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 11:40 AM and the game will be televised by CBS. Saturday's game is sold out and a record crowd is expected. There has been no indication if the other 24 athletic events scheduled from Thursday-Sunday will take place. Navy enters Saturday's contest with a 2-1 record, while Air Force is 1-4. The winner of the last 13 Navy-Air Force games has gone on to win the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy. Three of the last four Navy-Air Force games has gone to overtime.