I don't think that this is exactly what the occupy movement had in mind but it looks like we're occupying monuments. The World War II Memorial is closed and barriers were up but the ongoing program to fly veterans to visit their war's memorial kept up operations. The barriers were moved aside and veterans came to visit the WWII Memorial with hardly a hiccup. After all, who is going to get paid to stop them?
Now's the time that conservatives have to start stepping up and putting in stop gaps for the government operations that are legitimate and not getting funded during this standoff. Let it burn has to be replaced by something more sophisticated, more productive.
The left is tagging the tea party as a bunch of anarchists who want to blow up society, a bunch of terrorists. That has to get answered lest it starts to gain ground as conventional wisdom.