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What Happened to the National Garden of American Heroes?


David Bozell: So, do you remember the National Garden of American Heroes? Remember when Trump announced that back in July of 2020, when he went out to Mount Rushmore? Great speech. One of his best of the year, I thought. Then he announces this monument, and I'll play the clip here:

Donald Trump: So today under the authority vested in me as President of the United States...

I miss it when people cheered a president.

Donald Trump: I am announcing the creation of a new monument to the giants of our past. I am signing an executive order to establish the National Garden of American Heroes, a vast outdoor park that will feature the statues of the greatest Americans to ever live.

So, I just, for whatever reason I thought about that the other day, so I started doing some googling, because I didn't know where that landed. I hadn't heard a single thing about it.

And so the Wikipedia has an entry about it. So, "The National Garden of American Heroes was a proposed sculpture garden honoring 'great figures of American history' that was proposed by President Trump... Trump first announced the idea at an Independence Day event at Mount Rushmore in Keystone, South Dakota."

Listen to this part, "The sculpture garden idea was part of a series of executive orders issued by Trump in his final months in office to address conservative cultural grievances..." Just ridiculous. And then he re-upped on the order on January 18th right before he left office.

But, so then it says, "Congress never appropriated funding for such a garden, nor were concrete steps taken ever to construct such a site. President Joe Biden revoked the executive orders relating to the garden in May 2021." What a jerk!

So, you're going to hear a lot about, in the next couple of months, what is going to be the Republican agenda if/when they take over the House or if/when they take over Congress. And in fact, I was just on a conference call about this very thing, and there's one group out there that's got like 280 pages worth of things to do, okay? But it's great, they're all good. But I noticed that that was missing.

And man, I would just, if I were the Republicans, on day one I'd put a simple bill out there with the appropriate appropriations, the appropriate money, pass it that you're going to create a National Garden of American Heroes. Just take Trump's executive order text and just change the date of it and rework it, and slam it on Joe Biden's desk. Make him veto it. See, that's the kind of thing that the Republicans need to make, going forward, they need to make Joe Biden veto lots of different things, and that ought to be one of them.

It was a terrific idea. It was one of Trump's best speeches. Unless you hated him, you really didn't object. We could definitely use it. We could definitely use a refresher, particularly with this. There's an agenda out there to take down statues and some obviously, I mean, look at Richmond. Some have already been taken down completely. Look at New York with, was it Teddy Roosevelt? Taken down.

So yeah, a National Garden of American Heroes, just pass that. That's an easy bill, it's an easy win. It draws a line in the sand. It paints with bold colors. It shows the country the differences in values and preservation of history. Get it done, Republicans. Really simple stuff.

And the guy who got 73/74 million votes proposed it. So, you know it's a winner, you don't even need to poll test it. Just get that done and throw it on his desk, and make a quality PR push about it. These are our priorities, these are our values. And make Biden veto it. And if you can, override it.

So, that's just one thing the Republicans ought to do on day one if/when they take back Congress. Fund and build the National Garden of American Heroes.


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