Hundreds of thousands of government employees have been furloughed, weddings have been canceled, and monuments and national parks have been closed for more than a week while Congress engages in a bureaucratic pissing match over the Affordable Care Act.

The damn Panda Cam went dark!

But, in the darkness that is the government shutdown—as Washington's most historic monuments remain closed to the public and lawmakers stalemate on Obamacare—one hero has emerged as The People's Champion. One patriot has taken it upon himself to act as the country's Beacon of Hope. Armed with push mower and the state flag of South Carolina, this True American Hero is cutting the grass at the Lincoln Memorial.