No one has been more upset about the recent vandalizing and destruction of American monuments than President Donald Trump. The president has already signed an executive order that would punish those who destroy federal monuments, and he just unveiled part two of his response. You’re going to like this.
On Friday, President Trump announced that he has signed a new executive order to create a “National Garden of American Heroes” in “a site of natural beauty that enables visitors to enjoy nature, walk among the statues, and be inspired to learn about great figures of America’s history.”
Can’t wait to see this
The president announced his new plan at the Independence Day celebration that took place at Mount Rushmore on Friday.
This new executive order establishes the Task Force for Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes. This task force is now authorized to use funding from the Interior Department to establish a site for the new National Garden.
According to the executive order, we expect to see statues of John Adams, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, Frederick Douglass, Amelia Earhart, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, Jackie Robinson, Harriet Tubman, and others.
The order also details a collection of statues that will be temporarily displayed to the general public at sites around the country.
The task force is required by the executive order to come up with a plan for this garden, including where it could be located, within the next 60 days.
As mobs continue to try to tear down monuments to historically significant Americans, Trump’s executive order offers a defense of them.
“These statues are silent teachers in solid form of stone and metal,” it reads. “They preserve the memory of our American story and stir in us a spirit of responsibility for the chapters yet unwritten. These works of art call forth gratitude for the accomplishments and sacrifices of our exceptional fellow citizens who, despite their flaws, placed their virtues, their talents, and their lives in the service of our Nation.”
The order also speaks directly to the vandals. “To destroy a monument is to desecrate our common inheritance,” it reads. “In recent weeks, in the midst of protests across America, many monuments have been vandalized or destroyed. Some local governments have responded by taking their monuments down. These statues are not ours alone, to be discarded at the whim of those inflamed by fashionable political passions; they belong to generations that have come before us and to generations yet unborn.”
“Not going to happen to us”
This announcement was only part of the celebration that the Trump administration held at Mount Rushmore on Friday night. In other parts of his speech, the president accused leftist activists of wanting to “overthrow the American Revolution,” saying:
Make no mistake, this left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution. In so doing, they would destroy the very civilization that rescued billions from poverty, disease, violence and hunger and that lifted humanity to new heights of achievement, discovery and progress. To make this possible, they are determined to tear down every statue, symbol and memory of our national heritage.
This is the sort of strong response that we conservatives have been looking from President Trump.