President Trump Executive Order to Build Monuments To American Heroes – A National Garden…

How do you confront the lunacy of the anti-American leftists intent on removing American monuments? Well, if you are President Donald John Trump, you build more of them.  Hence, an executive order establishing A National Garden of American Heroes:

[Executive Order] – By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Purpose. America owes its present greatness to its past sacrifices. Because the past is always at risk of being forgotten, monuments will always be needed to honor those who came before. Since the time of our founding, Americans have raised monuments to our greatest citizens. In 1784, the legislature of Virginia commissioned the earliest statue of George Washington, a “monument of affection and gratitude” to a man who “unit[ed] to the endowment[s] of the Hero the virtues of the Patriot” and gave to the world “an Immortal Example of true Glory.” I Res. H. Del. (June 24, 1784). In our public parks and plazas, we have erected statues of great Americans who, through acts of wisdom and daring, built and preserved for us a republic of ordered liberty.

These statues are silent teachers in solid form of stone and metal. 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. These monuments express our noblest ideals: respect for our ancestors, love of freedom, and striving for a more perfect union. They are works of beauty, created as enduring tributes. In preserving them, we show reverence for our past, we dignify our present, and we inspire those who are to come. To build a monument is to ratify our shared national project.

To destroy a monument is to desecrate our common inheritance. 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. Among others, monuments to Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Francis Scott Key, Ulysses S. Grant, leaders of the abolitionist movement, the first all-volunteer African-American regiment of the Union Army in the Civil War, and American soldiers killed in the First and Second World Wars have been vandalized, destroyed, or removed.

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. My Administration will not abide an assault on our collective national memory. In the face of such acts of destruction, it is our responsibility as Americans to stand strong against this violence, and to peacefully transmit our great national story to future generations through newly commissioned monuments to American heroes.

Sec. 2. Task Force for Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes. (a) There is hereby established the Interagency Task Force for Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes (Task Force). The Task Force shall be chaired by the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary), and shall include the following additional members:

(i) the Administrator of General Services (Administrator);

(ii) the Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA);

(iii) the Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH);

(iv) the Chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP); and

(v) any officers or employees of any executive department or agency (agency) designated by the President or the Secretary.

(b) The Department of the Interior shall provide funding and administrative support as may be necessary for the performance and functions of the Task Force. The Secretary shall designate an official of the Department of the Interior to serve as the Executive Director of the Task Force, responsible for coordinating its day-to-day activities.

(c) The Chairpersons of the NEA and NEH and the Chairman of the ACHP shall establish cross-department initiatives within the NEA, NEH, and ACHP, respectively, to advance the purposes of the Task Force and this order and to coordinate relevant agency operations with the Task Force.

Sec. 3. National Garden of American Heroes. (a) It shall be the policy of the United States to establish a statuary park named the National Garden of American Heroes (National Garden).

(b) Within 60 days of the date of this order, the Task Force shall submit a report to the President through the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy that proposes options for the creation of the National Garden, including potential locations for the site. In identifying options, the Task Force shall:

(i) strive to open the National Garden expeditiously;

(ii) evaluate the feasibility of creating the National Garden through a variety of potential avenues, including existing agency authorities and appropriations; and

(iii) consider the availability of authority to encourage and accept the donation or loan of statues by States, localities, civic organizations, businesses, religious organizations, and individuals, for display at the National Garden.

(c) In addition to the requirements of subsection 3(b) of this order, the proposed options for the National Garden should adhere to the criteria described in subsections (c)(i) through (c)(vi) of this section.

(i) The National Garden should be composed of statues, including statues of John Adams, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Daniel Boone, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Henry Clay, Davy Crockett, Frederick Douglass, Amelia Earhart, Benjamin Franklin, Billy Graham, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Douglas MacArthur, Dolley Madison, James Madison, Christa McAuliffe, Audie Murphy, George S. Patton, Jr., Ronald Reagan, Jackie Robinson, Betsy Ross, Antonin Scalia, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, George Washington, and Orville and Wilbur Wright.

(ii) The National Garden should be opened for public access prior to the 250th anniversary of the proclamation of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 2026.

(iii) Statues should depict historically significant Americans, as that term is defined in section 7 of this order, who have contributed positively to America throughout our history. Examples include: the Founding Fathers, those who fought for the abolition of slavery or participated in the underground railroad, heroes of the United States Armed Forces, recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor or Presidential Medal of Freedom, scientists and inventors, entrepreneurs, civil rights leaders, missionaries and religious leaders, pioneers and explorers, police officers and firefighters killed or injured in the line of duty, labor leaders, advocates for the poor and disadvantaged, opponents of national socialism or international socialism, former Presidents of the United States and other elected officials, judges and justices, astronauts, authors, intellectuals, artists, and teachers. None will have lived perfect lives, but all will be worth honoring, remembering, and studying.

(iv) All statues in the National Garden should be lifelike or realistic representations of the persons they depict, not abstract or modernist representations.

(v) The National Garden should be located on 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. The site should be proximate to at least one major population center, and the site should not cause significant disruption to the local community.

(vi) As part of its civic education mission, the National Garden should also separately maintain a collection of statues for temporary display at appropriate sites around the United States that are accessible to the general public.

Sec. 4. Commissioning of New Statues and Works of Art. (a) The Task Force shall examine the appropriations authority of the agencies represented on it in light of the purpose and policy of this order. Based on its examination of relevant authorities, the Task Force shall make recommendations for the use of these agencies’ appropriations.

(b) To the extent appropriate and consistent with applicable law and the other provisions of this order, Task Force agencies that are authorized to provide for the commissioning of statues or monuments shall, in expending funds, give priority to projects involving the commissioning of publicly accessible statues of persons meeting the criteria described in section 3(b)(iii) of this order, with particular preference for statues of the Founding Fathers, former Presidents of the United States, leading abolitionists, and individuals involved in the discovery of America.

(c) To the extent appropriate and consistent with applicable law, these agencies shall prioritize projects that will result in the installation of a statue as described in subsection (b) of this section in a community where a statue depicting a historically significant American was removed or destroyed in conjunction with the events described in section 1 of this order.

(d) After consulting with the Task Force, the Administrator of General Services shall promptly revise and thereafter operate the General Service Administration’s (GSA’s) Art in Architecture (AIA) Policies and Procedures, GSA Acquisition Letter V-10-01, and Part 102-77 of title 41, Code of Federal Regulations, to prioritize the commission of works of art that portray historically significant Americans or events of American historical significance or illustrate the ideals upon which our Nation was founded. Priority should be given to public-facing monuments to former Presidents of the United States and to individuals and events relating to the discovery of America, the founding of the United States, and the abolition of slavery. Such works of art should be designed to be appreciated by the general public and by those who use and interact with Federal buildings. Priority should be given to this policy above other policies contained in part 102-77 of title 41, Code of Federal Regulations, and revisions made pursuant to this subsection shall be made to supersede any regulatory provisions of AIA that may conflict with or otherwise impede advancing the purposes of this subsection.

(e) When a statue or work of art commissioned pursuant to this section is meant to depict a historically significant American, the statue or work of art shall be a lifelike or realistic representation of that person, not an abstract or modernist representation.

Sec. 5. Educational Programming. The Chairperson of the NEH shall prioritize the allocation of funding to programs and projects that educate Americans about the founding documents and founding ideals of the United States, as appropriate and to the extent consistent with applicable law, including section 956 of title 20, United States Code. The founding documents include the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Federalist Papers. The founding ideals include equality under the law, respect for inalienable individual rights, and representative self-government. Within 90 days of the conclusion of each Fiscal Year from 2021 through 2026, the Chairperson shall submit a report to the President through the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy that identifies funding allocated to programs and projects pursuant to this section.

Sec. 6. Protection of National Garden and Statues Commissioned Pursuant to this Order. The Attorney General shall apply section 3 of Executive Order 13933 of June 26, 2020 (Protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues and Combating Recent Criminal Violence), with respect to violations of Federal law regarding the National Garden and all statues commissioned pursuant to this order.

Sec. 7. Definition. The term “historically significant American” means an individual who was, or became, an American citizen and was a public figure who made substantive contributions to America’s public life or otherwise had a substantive effect on America’s history. The phrase also includes public figures such as Christopher Columbus, Junipero Serra, and the Marquis de La Fayette, who lived prior to or during the American Revolution and were not American citizens, but who made substantive historical contributions to the discovery, development, or independence of the future United States.

Sec. 8. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

DONALD J. TRUMP

THE WHITE HOUSE,
July 3, 2020.

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334 Responses to President Trump Executive Order to Build Monuments To American Heroes – A National Garden…

    • sat0422 says:

      Brilliant! Also brilliant is the move to make it a felony to participate in destroying a monument to history anywhere (I hope that is what has/will happen).

      I also would like an investigation into the City of Memphis declaring Nathan B. Forest Park null and void. Then they sold the park and Forest’s monument and the grave sites of both he and his wife to a common young black lawyer by the name of Van Turner Jr for $1.00. The State of TN then allowed the statue to be put in storage and allowed them to desecrate the graves by digging them up. “I hope and pray those responsible will be visited by ghosts and demons until the day they die.” Somewhere in Tennessee there is a statue and two skeletons being stored.
      What a great accomplishment for Memphis and the State of TN to be known as grave diggers! The question then becomes, how did all this malfeasance fix anything that happened over 150 years ago? There we go with not only NEW MATH but now we have NEW LOGIC to deal with.

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      • Dixie says:

        The question then becomes, how did all this malfeasance fix anything that happened over 150 years ago?!!!!!!

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        • cjzak says:

          There you have the question that should be asked everywhere there is mayhem, but especially of the media. Their twisted answers would be a text book on what is wrong, very wrong, about the media today. The simple answer of course for most rational, thinking Americans is it won’t, can’t change anything that happened in the past, but the media will always try to make people think otherwise.

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          • Bill Durham says:

            Trump back up to 47% approval in Rasmussen. Given a pandemic and economics and fake scandals this is the bottom. Nowhere to go but up. I think more voters come back. One guy leading and one guy hiding in his basement. Easy choice.

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        • Jimmy Jack says:

          It’s not about directing that. That’s marketing for low IQ types. It’s to undermine the founders of the US as a move to normalize abolishing the Constitution and ending the US. That’s not hyperbole. It’s strategy.

          It’s easy to get support to get rid of statues they can argue are of people engaged in treason (Civil War heroes). Simultaneously they use cancel culture to label
          any opposition as racists,sexists etc. Then they extend their argument to anyone who owned slaves – every founding father. Then the argument is their influence created an nation of institutionalized racism and sexism (also evidenced by language used in the constituent) and that the legal underpinning of the nation (US Constitutin) needs to go.

          That is what is coming. That is why this statue issue that seems trivial in light of the current quarantine/Russia hoax/Covid situation is actually very important.

          Anyone who isn’t familiar with Mao’s Cultural Revolution in China should take some time – even a brief 15 minutes online – to see what three people want to bring to America. That’s why Trump used the phrase “culture revolution” in his speech.

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          • Dixie says:

            It’s not about directing that. That’s marketing for low IQ types.

            I know, Jimmy Jack. I thought that sentence in Sato’s comment deserved highlighting.

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          • frances says:

            And that is why there is a “grassroots” effort to call a new Continental Congress, that has if you believe their emails, has been approved in 30 states. They want to legislate the nation out of existence.

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            • lokiscout says:

              Not aware of a “Continental Congress” but if you are referring to the Convention of States movement to recommend amendments to the Constitution as spelled out in the Constitution then all I can say is if 30 states were on board our Federal Government would be acting a lot different. You aren’t going to get term limits and balanced budgets (the only items currently agreed to for consideration) without Constitutional amendments requiring them. And we sure aren’t going to get those amendments through our normal political process. That’s the reason our Founders put the Convention of States provision in the Constitution.

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      • sato422, a most fitting statement.

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      • suejeanne1 says:

        grave diggers and grave robbers – very bad – egregious!

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      • helix35 says:

        Looks like there’s room for a fifth on that mountain.

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      • Beverly says:

        Here’s the TRUTH about General Forrest:

        A convention and BBQ was held by the [black] Independent Order of Pole-Bearers Association at the fairgrounds of Memphis, five miles east of the city. In 1875, an invitation to speak was conveyed to General Nathan Bedford Forrest, one of the city’s most prominent citizens, and one of the foremost cavalry commanders in the late War Between the States. This was the first invitation granted to a white man to speak at this gathering.

        The invitation’s purpose, one of the leaders said, was to extend peace, joy, and union, and following a brief welcoming address a Miss Lou Lewis, daughter of an officer of the Pole-Bearers, brought forward flowers and assurances that she conveyed them as a token of good will. After Miss Lewis handed him the flowers, General Forrest responded with a short speech that, in the contemporary pages of the Memphis Appeal, evinces Forrest’s racial open-mindedness that seemed to have been growing in him.

        “Ladies and Gentlemen, I accept the flowers as a memento of reconciliation between the white and colored races of the southern states. I accept it more particularly as it comes from a colored lady, for if there is any one on God’s earth who loves the ladies I believe it is myself. ( Immense applause and laughter.)

        “I came here with the jeers of some white people, who think that I am doing wrong. I believe I can exert some influence, and do much to assist the people in strengthening fraternal relations, and shall do all in my power to elevate every man; to depress none. (Applause.)

        “I want to elevate you to take positions in law offices, in stores, on farms, and wherever you are capable of going. I have not said anything about politics today. I don’t propose to say anything about politics. You have a right to elect whom you please; vote for the man you think best, and I think, when that is done, you and I are freemen. Do as you consider right and honest in electing men for office.

        “I did not come here to make you a long speech, although invited to do so by you. I am not much of a speaker, and my business prevented me from preparing myself. I came to meet you as friends, and welcome you to the white people. I want you to come nearer to us. When I can serve you I will do so. We have but one flag, one country; let us stand together. We may differ in color, but not in sentiment.

        “Many things have been said about me which are wrong, and which white and black persons here, who stood by me through the war, can contradict. Go to work, be industrious, live honestly and act truly, and when you are oppressed I’ll come to your relief.

        “I thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for this opportunity you have afforded me to be with you, and to assure you that I am with you in heart and in hand.” (Prolonged applause.)

        Whereupon N. B. Forrest again thanked Miss Lewis for the bouquet and then gave her a kiss on the cheek. Such a kiss was unheard of in the society of those days, in 1875, but it showed a token of respect and friendship between the general and the black community and did much to promote harmony among the citizens of Memphis.

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    • FrankieZee says:

      This alone is a great example of the difference between the D RATS and the President. The D Rats TEAR DOWN and DESTROY and the President BUILDS. It is as simple as that.

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    • helix35 says:

      “(iv) All statues in the National Garden should be lifelike or realistic representations of the persons they depict, not abstract or modernist representations.” Now you’re talkin’.

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    • Kitty-Kat says:

      The photograph featuring his profile against the Mount Rushmore background, cannot be an “accident”. It looks as though it was intentionally composed. Covert the photo to stone like grayscale and the sculpture is almost done.

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  1. Dick_Turpin says:

    Just when Dem blood pressure couldn’t get any higher – POTUS sends them to the ICU lol

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  2. ThriveOn35K says:

    There were a couple names in there that raised my eyebrows. Patton, MacArther, Reagan, Graham, Scalia and a couple others may need reserve duplicates because they will targets.

    Sec 4e “the statue or work of art shall be a lifelike or realistic representation of that person, not an abstract or modernist representation” is necessary. Sec 5 mandates to teaching of our history via the founding documents and ideals with them being explicitly stated. Through the entire executive order, the purpose is clear. This is our collective heritage and shall be preserved.

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    • James says:

      You are kidding of course ,like these people are going to be this forever,
      ” may need reserve duplicates because they will targets. “

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      • ThriveOn35K says:

        Not too much. You are correct they won’t be like this forever in such a public way, but the impulse tear down is always present. Many times it is in hiding to wait for the proper time. When they come out of hiding the pressure is very intense.

        For instance Antifa/BLM developed in 2016 very publicly. While they were dormant publicly, it appears they were organizing for the event that would bring them back out. That event just happened to be the death of George Floyd (it could have been any other that was chosen). Within days of them coming back out, the “protests” had spread across the entire globe. Since they have resurfaced Antifa/BLM have gotten many corporations, universities, police departments, sports leagues, actors/actresses, governors and many politicians to cave to their demands. The NFL has announced they will play the “black national anthem”, and republicans has proposed making Juneteenth a national holiday. Statues, monuments, named buildings and streets are being removed in expedited fashion. That was in approximately 6 weeks.

        So we may need to reserve some duplicates because they will be targets. Those duplicates may collect dust somewhere, but they will be needed eventually.

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        • sat0422 says:

          The only time appeasement ever works is when the ex wife is awarded more money than she will ever spend and then, with a black heart, she still festers with hate at a spouse who couldn’t stand to see her face anymore. She then continues to talk trash about the ex husband and yet, she happily awaits a monthly or annual alimony payment. But, she is gone.
          The creatures of todays malcontent will never be appeased and they have been busy showing kiddos who lack parental guidance how to gain attention. Never mind if it is good or bad. The just become bad ass little play actors and those who ran for the office of mayor or governor have no idea about how to deal with them. They ran for office to gain power and recognition and never expected to have to work at solving any problem. I guarantee you that every wrong headed governor today is being paid off.

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          • COlibertybelle says:

            Yup, I’m here in Colorado and the guv here (Polis) is one of China’s favorite pets, obedient to them and a dictator in this state – running the energy business out and keeping people here enslaved to the virus. He is disgusting and obscene. Coloradans will rue the day they elected this POS.

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      • WhiteBoard says:

        10 years and flipping witnessess. good taunt!

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    • Dixie says:

      At least, they’ll all be in one place where they can be more easily protected. The States sure won’t do that as they have made abundantly clear. SMH.

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  3. SteveT says:

    “Priority should be given to public-facing monuments to former Presidents of the United States and to individuals and events relating to the discovery of America, the founding of the United States, and the abolition of slavery.”

    —————————–
    All of this is an excellent idea, but I do have issues with the presentation (is it just me?).
    Do we have any real idea who “discovered” America, given that it was populated, albeit sparsely, when the Spanish explorers arrived.

    I had always thought that the earliest settlers were Asian some 12000 years ago but was recently surprised to read of European artefacts dating from much earlier times.

    I feel we must avoid the pitfalls of history which tend to favour the last “owners”/conquerors of lands and to be open about what went on in the past. We are where we are now and we need some honesty about how we got here. That is, don’t skip over the history that we haven’t got details of.

    SteveT

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    • James says:

      Steve,please no more lectures.

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      • Actually he has a point, but does he know of the Vikings that were here even before the Spanish, as, yes, Also Asians were here, many crossed the Bering strait, also because geography has changed, how indeed did the “Indigenous Native American” come to be. I would love DNA tests on the different tribes would be interesting to see their mix. It is also said historically and Archelogy wise that quite possibly the Phoenician’s were here as well.

        It is a shame that so many dwell upon the Christopher Columbus and the Spanish and the “Slaves” when there is so much history even before that.

        So many also do not understand that the first so called “slaves” were indentured servants” were also captured sailors that became “indentured” Also of the Irish slave trade, which actually was more heinous than the black slave trade..
        How did the Chinese come and what did they do (railroad for example)

        The wonders and discoveries because of this nation and how it benefitted mankind would also be a great story.

        I just love what the President did here. The man is truly a Patriot, loves and knows our history and has great respect for it. So even if this ruling is a “Blight (glass shard) in the eye of the “Left” he has a great point, and it is a form of protection. Too few know what this Country is all about!

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        • sat0422 says:

          Well, when the curriculum was re-written and the Marxist decided how to teach History or shall I call it NEW HISTORY, they left out much of what we seniors were taught while in school and college.
          Has anyone ever looked into the history of Bill Ayres and his staunch rejection of America. This man and many others like him emerged just after the Vietnam war and our world and our history have been sabotaged ever since.

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        • BebeTarget / abdb61 says:

          I can hear the sound of a can of worms being opened.

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        • James Felter says:

          Barry Fells’ America BC and other books by other authors have detailed a lot of strong evidence for pre-Columbian contact with the Americas. There are Phoenician loan words in languages of the tribal nations of the SW interior. The Micmac people in Maine were using a written language when French missionaries arrived; the missionaries recorded it in the 1600’s; in the the mid-twentieth century, someone reading those French records from the 1600’s noticed that the language was Egyptian pictorographs. The ancients got around. Frequent contact and transatlantic trade seems to have ended when the Romans stomped all of the other Maritime cultures in the Atlantic littoral areas.

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    • Frank says:

      The present-day USA was built by conquerors, and we can trace this national lineage back to Christopher Columbus. All other historical records regarding other explorers and populations belong to those other groups.

      Being aware of those other groups’ histories is generally good, but it’s irrelevant to the specific history of the USA.

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      • Excuse me, how is it that they are irrelevant? If you study history and archology and geography, ..the persons that came before had influence on those that came after.
        Vikings that arrived on these shores way, way before Columbus met with the Indigenous, and did you know that many practices of several tribes are very similar to practices followed by the Vikings, and do you know that our “Founding Documents” are similar based on the practices of the “Indigenous Natives”
        They way they practice community, the equality of woman in their communities, the way all allowed to speak with the “Talking stick” the way they have respect for nature and to give thanks, even many respects of spirituality is similar.
        The “melting pot” that is our nation IS the culmination of thousands of years. That IS the point of this nation, it is how we got our “First Papers” with respect to all that came before.

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        • Tornarosa says:

          “In 1744 date, the Iroquois chief Canasatego addressed a treaty conference between the American colonists and the six-nation Iroquois Confederacy. The two groups had met in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to iron out disputes over colonial trespassing on Native American territory and to forge an agreement whereby the Iroquois would ally with the colonists against the French. In his speech, Canasatego introduced the colonists to the federalist ideas that bound the disparate tribes into unity: it was a bond that encouraged unity, especially in matters of defense, even as it supported the independence of each tribe when it came to self-government.”

          (Yes, I know this is TDB, take with a grain of salt)
          https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-an-iroquois-chief-helped-write-the-us-constitution

          I think that Ben Franklin attended the Lancaster , PA meeting with Canasatego when he explained the concepts behind the Iroquois Confederacy. Thomas Jefferson had mentioned this also. The Iroquois Confederacy is thought to go back around 800 years and has been very stable. Features of it can be found in Franklin’s Albany Plan and in the Articles of Confederation.

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      • bessie2003 says:

        “The present-day USA was built by explorers”. There, fixed it for ya.

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    • Graham Best says:

      Start with educating yourself. The Lakota Sioux originated as farmers living around Lake Superior. Driven out by other Indian tribes, they acquired the horse, and invaded the mid-western plains, driving out the Mandan, Arikara, Hidasta, and Pawnee tribes that lived there. The Sioux were defeated by the US Calvary.

      Survival of the fittest. It’s a law of nature.

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    • yucki says:

      Sit Bull.

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    • flatlandgoober says:

      You feel more virtuous now?

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    • Peoria Jones says:

      Why stop there? We wouldn’t be here without the dinosaurs, and dinosaurs are pretty cool.

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    • WhiteBoard says:

      who called it america ?

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      • GTOGUY says:

        Amerigo Vespucci (/vɛˈspuːtʃi/, Italian: [ameˈriːɡo veˈsputtʃi]; 9 March 1454 – 22 February 1512) was an Italian merchant, explorer, and navigator from the Republic of Florence, from whose name the terms America and Americas are derived.

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      • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

        That would be this guy ———–> Amerigo Vespucci

        Amerigo Vespucci was an Italian merchant, explorer and navigator from the Republic of Florence. From his name the term America is derived, (1454-1512)

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    • WRB says:

      Do we have any real idea who “discovered” America

      We are (obviously) talking about Europeans. And for the dummies who say, “But they were not first!” we are talking about the history of how the greatest country on earth arose, a country based on the ideals that a people can govern themselves, without hereditary overlords (well, except for the Clintons and Bushes /s), where all citizens are equal under the law, where people can pursue their own dreams, and coincidentally invent the modern age: Edison with the phonograph, films, electricity; telephone; airplanes, abundant and cheap energy from oil, an automobile in every driveway; satellites; the internet…

      All of that happened because Western civilization came to North America, flourished, and moved forward with the implementation of the ideas of the Enlightenment.

      And you can love and admire the pre-Columbian people, but they were not responsible for that miracle; and given their rate of cultural and technological progress, North America in their hands would have remained an essentially stone-age culture even by 2020. The radicals think that is a good thing, but I do not.

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      • Dixie says:

        Yup, you were very tactful.

        They would be running around today with sticks and stones instead of bricks and guns.

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      • georgehumphries9802 says:

        Spot On WRB!

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      • bearsgrrr says:

        Our nation’s history and what makes it unique is not taught in school. Everyone should read The 5,000 Year Leap by Skousen. Fabulous read and gets into the principles the founders had.

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        • goddessoftheclassroom says:

          Oh, it is in mine. Our students also read original sources. What my district needs to do better is teach patriot songs and the stories behind them. I was appalled that many of my 8th graders didn’t immediately know “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” until I sang the first stanza and then lightbulbs came on.

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          • Rhoda R says:

            The left has been actively suppressing the Battle Hymn because if it’s religious reference.

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            • goddessoftheclassroom says:

              I ALWAYS explain the context to my students. Years ago one “englightened” sophomore told me I wasn’t allowed to teach religion. I replied that I was teaching what the writers believed, not what my students had to believe, because I refused to teach ignorance.

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      • CorwinAmber says:

        yowzah, I can’t believe you touched that rail, so to speak. I’ve often wanted to discuss this idea with others, especially “native” Americans, but I value my reputation and relationships too much to go there…yeah, yeah, I know, I’m such a wuss, sigh

        But, if we really wanted to have a frank discussion about America, I would like to pose the question you hinted at above: if Columbus (or anyone else for that matter) had not “discovered” America, what would life be like for the descendants of the inhabitants some 5 centuries later? As far as I can tell, it would be no different (nasty, brutish & short)…other than the fact that there would be NO HORSES, which, of course, were brought here by Europeans, but I digress. And, just to set the record straight, I am not saying that the natives deserved to be treated badly by the “invaders” simply because they were simple people, but as John Wayne supposedly once said when asked if he felt badly about land being taken away from the Indians – “so what, they weren’t doing anything with it”…or words to that effect. In any event, we can’t change history, but we can certainly rewrite it, sigh Happy Independence Day everybody!

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        • fred5678 says:

          I just finished “The Empire of the Summer Moon” … how a backwoods tribe from WY became the best horse-riders on the continent and became the fierce warriors and most dominant mounted fighters on the Plains — the Comanches. They stopped westward expansion for 40 years. Oh, BTW and note to Tim Kaine — they and most other tribes practiced slavery to a fare thee well.

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    • Linda K. says:

      In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

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    • cjzak says:

      Really? How about we start with how our country began and leave it at that for awhile.

      Of course, we could go back to Africa where supposedly all humans originated if we want to get very technical. Let’s put up a blank statue to be filled in at a later date to honor the ‘missing link’ and to any humanoid life form we have fossils of. I don’t think that is the intention of this new monument park.

      I vote for just recognizing our own history no matter that it doesn’t go back far enough for you. We are America and we have American heroes and achievers and Americans who made a difference to give respect to. I do believe Pres. Trump is intending to do just that.

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      • northwoodswatcher says:

        Sorry for the re-posting this from last week.

        But since the discussion veered over to the original settlement of the Americas, and by whom, thought it might be worthwhile to add this….

        First, the idea that the Black Hills are some sacred place worshipped by the Lakota Sioux since the dawn of time is just so much bullsheet.

        FACT: The Black Hills ain’t no Sioux homeland. The Arikara beat the Sioux there.

        Good article here details what many have known for a long time, which is that the Sioux didn’t reach the Black Hills till the 1770s.

        “THE LAST TRIBE TO GET TO THE BLACK HILLS”
        http://www.americancowboychronicles.com/2015/04/the-last-tribe-to-get-black-hills.html

        The Arikara were pushed out by the Crow. Then came the Pawnee, Kiowa, and Cheyenne. The Sioux moved into the Black Hills after first kicking out the Cheyenne.

        Oh, and since we are now on the subject of how the Indians were maltreated by the mighty Europeans, also since the dawn of time, let’s look at the facts and not that myth we were taught in grade school.

        The myth is that the Indians got to the Americas first.

        Wrong.

        FACT: The first inhabitants of America Were EUROPEANS.

        You may have missed the big news that ran in 2012 that archaeologists finally determined that America’s so-called “native Americans” were NOT the first to settle the Americas.

        That’s because few U.S. newspapers or news sites carried this news back in 2012. It has been ignored ever since.

        I found the story only by stumbling across it in National Geographic and in a number of newspapers published in Great Britain.

        FACT: Europeans beat the Siberian-originating ancestors of the American Indians to the New World by, oh, 10,000 to 17,000 years.

        New archaeological evidence (and re-examination of existing artifacts) demonstrated pretty conclusively in 2012 that Stone Age peoples from Europe settled America first.

        Archaeologists who have analyzed the evidence say that these Stone Age Europeans migrated to North America at the height of the Ice Age by traveling over the ice surface and/or by boat along the edge of the frozen northern part of the Atlantic. European Stone Age tools found in America are from between 26,000 and 19,000 years ago — and are therefore contemporary with the virtually identical western European material.

        For example, chemical analysis carried out in 2011 on a European-style stone knife found in Virginia back in 1971 revealed that it was made of French-originating flint.

        So the terms “native Americans” and “First Nations” (in Canada) are absolute phonies. It’s well past time to dispense with these New Age terms.

        The Criminal Leftist Media and Criminal Leftist Educators who have been pushing the garbage “history” about the “poor Indians who lived in tune with the environment” and “were wiped out by the nasty white man” have been selling fake news.

        FACT: Europeans settled the Americas at least 100 centuries before Asians invaded America from the west.

        What happened to those European settlers of the Americas? Well, some tribes interbred with some Europeans. But the usual aboriginal practice was to outright kill or torture to death all of the men and keep the women and children to be converted or raised as Indians.

        FACT: Like most Stone Age peoples, most Indian tribes engaged in constant warfare. This is not news. Tribal death rates, AS A PERCENTAGE, typically were far, far, far higher than any of the white man’s wars that followed centuries later. This is also not news. Many tribes vanished from the historical record because other tribes wiped them out.

        FACT: Of all of the Indians tribes descended from those Asian invaders, it would be the Comanches who would become the apex tribe in North America in terms of pure aggression. The Comanches rose to such power thanks to Europeans’ introduction of the horse. In fact, the Comanches became perhaps the best and most feared horsemen of all time. (Actually, the Comanches weren’t organized in tribes, but in loose bands.)

        The Comanches became so dominant that they hunted the terrifying Apaches for sport. Indeed, it was the Comanche — not the Mexicans or Americans — who chased all of the Apache tribes off the plains.

        FACT: The horse brought to America from Europe completely reshaped the Plains Indians culture. Prior to the horse, the chief method for these nomadic tribes to move their goods from one place to another was by using a simple woodframe structure called the “travois.” Since they didn’t yet have the horse, the travois would be hitched to dogs.

        Slaves and women were their other beasts of burden.

        I highly recommend “Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History” by S.C. Gwynne if you want to understand Stone Age pathologies.

        Here are a few of the articles from eight years ago on the archaeology:

        “NEW BOOK REVEALS ICE AGE MARINERS FROM EUROPE WERE AMERICA’S FIRST INHABITANTS”
        https://insider.si.edu/2012/03/ice-age-mariners-from-europe-were-the-first-people-to-reach-north-america/

        “NEW EVIDENCE SUGGESTS STONE AGE HUNTERS FROM EUROPE DISCOVERED AMERICA”
        https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/new-evidence-suggests-stone-age-hunters-from-europe-discovered-america-7447152.html

        “NATIVE AMERICANS ARRIVED TO FIND NATIVES ALREADY THERE, FOSSIL POO SHOWS”
        https://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/07/13/clovis_not_first_says_paisley_caves_excrement/

        “STONE AGE EUROPEANS ‘WERE THE FIRST TO SET FOOT ON NORTH AMERICA'”
        https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/9110838/Stone-age-Europeans-were-the-first-to-set-foot-on-North-America.html

        “EVIDENCE GROWS THAT N. AMERICA’S FIRST COLONIZERS WERE EUROPEAN”
        http://www.trussel.com/prehist/news168.htm

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        • MustangBlues says:

          Northwoods: Thank you; Very well stated summation of the populating of North America, and presenting the data and links regarding European settlement of North America prior to Asian bands arriving.

          One thing to add: If Asians were the first settlers, why do not the American indians tribes have Asian physical characteristics??? Look at any pictures existing of Native America individuals, no similarity to Asians phenotypes.

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          • northerncanuck says:

            However, there *is* some resemblance to the Canadian Northerners and those who live in SIberia. So, if there is any comparison, perhaps compare the Native Americans with those from Central America/Siberia?

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        • cjzak says:

          That’s a lot of information. Thanks. I still think the Pres. is more concerned right now with people who made a difference in making America the great country it is. That’s what the monument park will be.

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    • fionnagh says:

      The President didn’t skip over history. Rather, he reminded us of OUR particular history. You know, the one being wiped out right before our very eyes?

      If anyone has an issue with the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria, maybe they would settle for St. Brendan and his currach, who may have beaten Columbus here by close to a thousand years.

      The point is not “who got here first.”

      Rather, for me, the President meant “the discovery of America” as it pertains to our country’s Judeo-Christian heritage. It was the latter upon which this country was founded – as the President took care to point out. And it was solely because of the latter that America could become the great nation she is. To remain great, that culture must be preserved.

      Last night the President called upon us to speak up and protect it. I’m in.

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    • Bravofan says:

      According to the latest research, before Columbus there were more people living in the Americas than in Europe. The Aztec capital Tenochtitlan (present day Mexico City) was far greater in population than any city in Europe at the time.

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      • kimosaabe says:

        Yet the Aztecs were so brutal and blood thirsty they alienated other tribes/clans who joined the Spanish in overthrowing the Aztecs. Now Tenochtitlan lays beneath the pit of Mexico City.

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      • MustangBlues says:

        Bravo: Interesting: Do you have any census data, hard population facts to support your point??

        Aztecs practiced human sacrifice, ripping the beating heart from living hostage slaves to keep the sun in the sky, because their gods needed to be appeased by blood .

        If you want to see an accurate depiction of the Pre-Columbia America indian advanced high culture, try Mel Gibson’s film, Apocalypto. Here a link to the trailer:

        Be aware that the woke culture pans this film, because it does not depict the left’s beloved meme of sweet natured pre-columbian indians, as noble savages destroyed by the evil European culture.

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        • MustangBlues says:

          Bravo: Interesting: Do you have any census data, hard population facts to support your point??

          Aztecs practiced human sacrifice, ripping the beating heart from living hostage slaves to keep the sun in the sky, because their gods needed to be appeased by blood .

          If you want to see an accurate depiction of the Pre-Columbia America indian advanced high culture, try Mel Gibson’s film, Apocalypto. Here a link to the trailer:


          Be aware that the woke culture pans this film, because it does not depict the left’s beloved meme of sweet natured pre-columbian indians, as noble savages destroyed by the evil European culture.

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          • Kitty-Kat says:

            What. I find interesting is that in antiquity, the peoples of the earth were universally doing similar things, worshipping the same kinds of gods, partaking of the same kinds of rituals, and some even building the same types of architecture, even though they had no geographic contact with each other.

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        • MustangBlues says:

          This video is NOT the link posted in reply to Bravo. No idea how this appeared as the video link. Was not done by this poster.

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    • Amy2 says:

      Well, the cave drawings aren’t tell us much Steve.

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  4. tominellay says:

    I’m REALLY impressed.

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  5. Jenevive says:

    Ha.. tear them down we will put up MORE. A whole park full of them.
    Life size..

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    • convert says:

      I hope it’s placed out in the middle of the country somewhere and everyone in America, esp tons of schoolchildren, comes to see it. Smooth move, Mr. President. Republican senators, you better be lining up in front of the cameras to support this if they want to keep your jobs. Just an FYI, you backstabbing, 2-faced, lying pieces of ****

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      • yucki says:

        You’re right, though the schoolchildren on coasts need it most right now.
        They had to WORK to get it so terribly WRONG here in Boston. Even as we celebrate Patriots’ Day and the Freedom Trail is center city. Longfellow Park, Lexington and Concord, marvelous Mount Auburn Cemetery.

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        • yucki says:

          A Video Tour of the Mount Auburn Cemetery

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          • yucki says:

            Start at 7:44 in the above video.
            A Sphinx-like memorial for the Civil War:
            American Union preserved, African slavery destroyed.
            By the uprising of great people, by the blood of fallen heroes.

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          • grumpyqs says:

            Please, please don’t locate it in an already huge, congested, expensive, stinky and unfriendly city. Something like a Mt Rushmore would be perfect. A visit should be very easy and very friendly.

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          • Linda K. says:

            My husband grew up in New Jersey, but his brother now lives in Connecticut. He was riding his bike through a cemetery and saw graves with their family name. He did research and turned out they were part of the family tree who had fought in the Revolutionary War. It was interesting he had inknowingly moved to the area where they had once lived.

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        • I loved walking the “Freedom trail”, so interesting even if you go by yourself to learn. My first trip to Boston on a lark with a girlfriend just to get away from our jobs, we learned so much on that trip, I wish more historic cities would have that!

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          • cjzak says:

            Went to Boston 2 years ago with family and walked the Freedom Trail and ate at great restaurants and took in Fenway Park and a Red Sox game. We have been there several on several visits and loved our time spent learning the make up or the city and what it offers. It is so interesting and uplifting. Boston is one of my favorite cities as far as it’s size, setting, layout and it’s history. Too bad it’s political leadership has soured me on going back again any time soon.

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        • sat0422 says:

          When I feel safe again or if I ever feel it safe again, Boston will be my first visit with my grandson.
          then,
          On to Washington D.C. after Trump wins the election. I would never go if a Democrat is in office.

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      • You do not have to be – shy- tell it as you feel -convert-nany of those senatprs are- lying pieces of- schift…..

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      • Rhoda R says:

        What about one for every state. With rotating units of the National Guard on duty 24/7/365.

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  6. David Mitchell says:

    Brilliant.

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  7. shirley49 says:

    I just love this man. Best President ever.

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    • Blue Wildflower says:

      His statue should be at the entrance because he is the reason we still have America. I do think he will save this country without a bloodbath, like the first Civil War.

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  8. Frank says:

    Outstanding move, Mr. President. I look forward to seeing this garden.

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  9. Nan says:

    This is wonderful. And I love how there are a mix of people in the order too, because of course the country has heroes in many different forms.

    (This shouldn’t include Amelia Erhart though. She was a bought and paid for feminist prop; didn’t actually fly the trans-Atlantic flight she was famous for, and erased actual female aviators of the age in the process)

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  10. mary ellen jantzi says:

    Every demographic which has helped make America GREAT should be represented. A National Guard should stand watch at all times and defilers prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Focus on unity in the cause of freedom.

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  11. amwick says:

    I love this idea.. But, aside from the obvious historical people, I would like to see a statue of a person to represent important professions/ concepts that have contributed. An immigrant becoming a citizen, a beloved teacher, a farmer, etc.. real people, important contributions, even a person casting a vote, vital, but just not famous. As I was thinking about this, a song came to mind.. slowly.. because I couldn’t remember it.. but , after a struggle, I found it..

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    • I Hear You Now says:

      Amwick … beautiful ideas and the song suits perfectly 💪☺️🇺🇸

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      • amwick says:

        I know he wants historical figures,, I get it.. but the true backbone of this country is the everyday people.. the modest patriots…

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      • amwick says:

        I just thought of a couple of things. but there are so many examples.. truck drivers, mariners, coal miners,,, maybe that could be a special section of the park, the unsung heroes… American Workers…

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        • convert says:

          An excellent idea! perhaps a wonderful opportunity for some reaching out and bipartisanship would be to include some old school Union Democrats on this committee that’s planning this park. The kind of Democrats that used to be very common all over America and had nothing in common with these lunatic Democrats of today! they were Democrats primarily because of the unions, because they had come to the conclusion that the oligarchy, for lack of a better word, had amassed so much power and was so abusive in many ways that the union was the only way to counter that. a lot of those type of Democrats have already switched over in our big Trump supporters. I know several of them. And there’s more to be recruited.

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        • bessie2003 says:

          Also the loggers of the Pacific Northwest! – which brings up the idea that in each region of the Country could be a national garden to showcase these regional heroes, whether famous or unsung, that a traveling exhibit from the National Garden this brilliant Executive Order creates to the regional gardens would continue to keep new people interested in visiting their local gardens time and again.

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          • goddessoftheclassroom says:

            Here’s the poem for those who prefer not to click links:

            I Hear America Singing
            BY WALT WHITMAN
            I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
            Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
            The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
            The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,
            The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck,
            The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,
            The wood-cutter’s song, the ploughboy’s on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown,
            The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing,
            Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
            The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
            Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs

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        • lokiscout says:

          Who better to represent mining than bushy eyed John L Lewis, President of the UMWA back in the day. Had his run-ins with both FDR and Truman but his miners loved him. I know because I am the product of two of them both my Dad and Grand Dad were Cole Miners.

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  12. Phil McCoxwell says:

    Greatest President Ever. By a wide margin.

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  13. rmramerica says:

    Charge admission to Liberals – double it for the press – and take their temperatures all visit long.

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  14. Bigbadmike says:

    Since the National Garden has to be in proximity to a major population center, may I suggest Chicago. The site would replace the planned site of the Obama Presidential Library, which would be relocated to Tehran.

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  15. nckhawk says:

    What a great event!! We’re witnessing true strength and leadership as we gaze at this face of chiseled flint! He’s rallying our country!! Bet the new statues of our American heroes will be topple-proof as well!

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  16. trumpsbamagirl says:

    Just when I thought I couldn’t live my President more than I do… He does this!

    P.S. I nominate President Donald Trump for memorializing in this garden!

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  17. Ausonius says:

    Concerning heroes: this perhaps needs its own separate topic: early on July 4, 2020, a drunk in Toledo shot and killed a young policeman named Anthony Dia. The drunk later committed suicide.

    “Chief George Kral in an early morning news conference said Officer (Anthony) Dia, 26, was responding to a call about 12:11 a.m. about an intoxicated man walking around the parking lot of the store.

    “Officer Dia was the first crew to arrive that morning on a check the safety [call],” the chief said. “He was checking to make sure that this man was OK.”

    Witnesses on scene told police the 57-year-old male suspect was walking away when he turned and fired one round from a handgun. Officer Dia was struck in the chest, Chief Kral said. The suspect’s identification has not been released.

    See:

    https://www.toledoblade.com/local/2020/07/04/toledo-police-officer-killed-in-shooting-july-fourth/stories/20200704075

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  18. Lion2016 says:

    The Best President ever Donald John Trump! 🇺🇸 I love our Lion!

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  19. Mike in a Truck says:

    Also, the Son Tay Raiders

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  20. trapper says:

    The federal government owns land all over the country. District Court buildings, other federal buildings, and so on, generally have plazas and open spaces in front. How about establishing 1,000 smaller National Gardens scattered all over the country, with statues and monuments, in addition to a main National Garden?

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    • slowcobra says:

      Within the outline of the new Order, it describes a rotation of statues to be located around the country (a temporary garden ).

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  21. flatlandgoober says:

    Punch back twice as hard. That’s why Donald John Trump is the most awesome POTUS of our time.

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  22. Rev.Bro. Generik Broderick says:

    Only two things I’d add to the greatness of this idea. Firstly, make the pedestals with spray paint resistant paint. This might be easily peeled away to remove vandalism. Might require upkeep. Secondly, have some ironwork to celebrate the Blacks that truly built our Civilization. Blacksmiths.

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  23. Nonniemae says:

    In reading the comments, I’m reminded of my parents and grandmother OFTEN saying to me as I grew up, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”

    The commenters who disagree with this or that person or group included in the executive order completely miss the point. Everyone past, present and future could be excluded for some real or imagined reason according to one or more people.

    Please let the vast majority of us enjoy the glorious people of our past without throwing their human failings in our face. Stop with the sanctimony. We are all adults. We know that none of our heroes are or were perfect.

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  24. Sunshine says:

    This action is a necessary fight in the culture wars. I agree. I am still awaiting PROMISED substantive action on other issues, such as executive orders to end birthright citizenship and naming a certain group a terrorist organization. I am also waiting for the administration to come to the public defense of POTUS supporters and those peacefully praying who are regularly attacked by domestic terrorists. Do they get phone calls from POTUS, too?

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  25. Broc says:

    In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you. Prov. 25:22

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  26. tax2much says:

    I can’t wait to deface the Kaepernick monument.

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  27. sunnyflower5 says:

    I love how this man thinks. It’s truly inspiring.

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  28. Deborah Fehr says:

    God I love your President!! Leftist heads will be exploding over this. And they dare not say a word, lest they look like even bigger buffoons than they already are. I keep seeing the part in the Austin Powers movie where all the dolls start overheating and exploding..its awesome.

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  29. Gandalf1938 says:

    Perhaps, with agreement of the current overseers, make existing statues and monuments annexes of the National Garden with full protections applied.

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  30. crasey says:

    Imagine the power of walking among these heroes if they are at ground level in representative poses as the Korean War Memorial soldiers on patrol are. Whether all together or sprinkled around the Mall, the Smithsonian, Capitol Hill, etc. making them more approachable by walking among them would be more powerful than lifting up on pedestals IMHO.

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    • cjzak says:

      Great idea! My favorite DC monument because you are at ground level with those figures who are posed in action forms.

      It would be terrific to walk among the heroes of America like that.

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  31. This is a great idea, but Graham and Scalia are not good choices IMO. Whole lotta politics going on behind the scenes on this, I would imagine.

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    • lokiscout says:

      Anton Scalia, defender/protector of the 2nd Amendment and Billy Graham, one of the best known, active respected Evangelists of the 20th century? Sound like pretty good candidates to me.
      Of course I am ignoring red hearing propaganda arguments about “separation of powers” and “separation of church and state”.
      Just my opinion, Brother. You are entitled to yours as I am of mine.

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      • My point about Scalia is that there are other Supreme Court justices that were much more renowned. To align with a conservative preference, Rehnquist would have been my pick.

        Billy Graham was a bit too judgmental and hard line in his views for my tastes. I’m a bit more of a big-tent Christian. But to your point, everyone has their differing opinions, and that’s ok.

        But as long as its not Earl Warren and Tammy Faye Baker, I think I can live with Scalia and Graham.

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        • Gigi the Old says:

          If you can only have one Evangelist, I would much prefer Jonathan Edwards of the famed sermon ”Sinners in the hands of an angry God” than Billy Graham who, toward the end of his life, had become ecumenical in his evangelistic sermons,,,

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        • lokiscout says:

          I think we can call a truce. I doubt either of our picks would inflame the other to protest.

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          • Oh for sure…I was always somewhat nitpicking those two choices. If the statues were of, say, Noam Chomsky or Bill Ayers, this would have been a far different discussion. =)

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  32. Stillwater says:

    Excerpt:
    – “(c) To the extent appropriate and consistent with applicable law, these agencies shall prioritize projects that will result in the installation of a statue as described in subsection (b) of this section in a community where a statue depicting a historically significant American was removed or destroyed in conjunction with the events described in section 1 of this order. ”

    Remember when President Trump created a rule that for every new regulation made, they had to remove two regulations?

    He should make another rule that for every statue removed, at least two new statues of”historically significant Americans” should be added.

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    • jay says:

      Bring the destroyed statutes to the park and turn it into a museum with photographs of the BEFORE AND AFTER destruction, the villains, the arrests, AND never forget.

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  33. thrawlbrauna says:

    So let it be written.. so let it be done! (and with 10-20 ft poles cemented in place this time..)

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  34. Stillwater says:

    Excerpts:
    – “Sec. 5. Educational Programming. The Chairperson of the NEH shall prioritize the allocation of funding to programs and projects that educate Americans about the founding documents and founding ideals of the United States, as appropriate and to the extent consistent with applicable law…”
    – “The founding documents include the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Federalist Papers.”
    – “The founding ideals include equality under the law, respect for inalienable individual rights, and representative self-government.”

    – “(v) The National Garden should be located on 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.”
    – “(vi) As part of its civic education mission, the National Garden should also separately maintain a collection of statues for temporary display at appropriate sites around the United States that are accessible to the general public. ”

    Thoughts…
    – I just had an idea that after the National Garden is completed, they should create a high resolution 3D virtual tour of the National Garden and the beautiful location with all the monuments so that viewers can move among the monuments as if they were there. (3D goggles perhaps.)
    – At each monument viewers should be able to access biographical info about the historical individual (history, documents, significant video clips, contributions, etc…) so the viewer has even more access to the historical individuals life and their achievements (and perhaps flaws) if desired.
    – The above virtual tour could be made freely available to people at the National Garden in an information center(or maybe phone app) as well as anyone who has 3D goggles. There could also be a version for the PCs so everyone can access it from their home computer, Ipad or phone.
    – I say if Big Tech wants to keep people trapped in their digital world then why not bring our American history to them in whatever digital format they have and break the matrix programming so to speak.

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    • MaineCoon says:

      Great ideas Stillwater, particularly since many won’t be able to travel to the site. Also would be a great teaching tool. Do they still teach American History?

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      • Stillwater says:

        I’m not sure what American history is taught in schools today. I suppose it might be a good idea to create a list of history books that are relatively accurate and not just revisionist history(though I guess history is constantly being revised, and not always in a bad direction). Maybe reprints or scans of older history books could be found.

        A link or drop down menu for the book list could be included on the monument in the virtual tour. Many of the older history books may have been scanned and available to purchase or view on sites such as Archive.org.

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      • COlibertybelle says:

        Judging by what’s happening now, I’d say NO.

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  35. thedoc00 says:

    Allot of great names and figures to consider, who contributed to building or preserving the Republic. That is for debating another time.

    Skip any big city all together for location. Pick a national park out west. Plenty of visitors, room to add a few names in the future and better background setting.

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  36. gunrunner03 says:

    Please consider adding Jim Thorpe.

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  37. MaineCoon says:

    “consider the availability of authority to encourage and accept the donation or loan of statues by States, localities, civic organizations, businesses, religious organizations, and individuals, for display at the National Garden.”

    All those mayors can give/loan the statues they tore down.

    “The site should be proximate to at least one major population center, and the site should not cause significant disruption to the local community.”

    I’d vote for its location to NOT be on the east or west coasts. Lincoln, NE would be a fitting place.

    Where do you think?

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  38. fionnagh says:

    Based upon all the outstanding suggestions in the comments, we’re gonna need a bigger garden than the one planned.

    Maybe the six square blocks in Seattle recently vacated…

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  39. CharterOakie says:

    Outstanding! Love it.

    John Adams deserves more veneration that he has gotten, and his wife, Abigail, deserves to be memorialized at his side. Not a sop to “the women’s movement,” as I have no truck with that. But she, given all that she endured and the way she supported him, deserves a HUGE amount of credit for what her husband accomplished. He, their progeny, and their contemporaries would agree. A cursory review of McCullough’s “John Adams,” for example, would bear me out.

    Of course, there are many others that justifiably could be added to the initial list in the EO.

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    • CC says:

      John and Abigail were truly soulmates. I don’t have the books’ name but I have read, way long ago, that they could communicate telepathically. And if I recall, she was his ‘sounding board’ and strength. Yet all we seem to hear is how she hung laundry in the White House…cute thing to remember but there was far more ‘to her’ than just laundry.

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  40. Charlotte Powell Brooks says:

    Love the photo, SD.
    No profile carving, though.
    Full frontal,….. with that look.
    Yea. That will complete Mt. Rushmore.

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  41. Right to reply says:

    Thank God for POTUS!

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  42. mugdiller says:

    The future of the past is looking better.

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  43. 123 456 says:

    This reply has nothing to do about this post. You guys have everything to loose if you don’t stand up against this attack now, not later (sack the GOP infiltrators). This will be the last days of capitalism that you will ever experience. The threat is real. If America falls, the rest of the world will follow. I don’t make your country great but I respect your Constitution. It is very clear that you “house” your enemies in Washington DC and can’t get rid of them because of cunning laws that was added along the way. Trust in God. Maybe people should demand, by protesting, the investigation of criminal behavior of the past regime because there is ample evidence.

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  44. Will says:

    The first statue in the new Garden of American Heroes park is complete:

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  45. Publius2016 says:

    We need a National Garden!

    I credit Melania for such a BEAUTIFUL IDEA!

    45: “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. These monuments express our noblest ideals: respect for our ancestors, love of freedom, and striving for a more perfect union. They are works of beauty, created as enduring tributes.”

    No one is perfect people.

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  46. TradeBait says:

    VSGPOTUS/patriots do it again. Stick it, evil doers.

    Makes you scratch your head and wonder why this has not already existed in the God-given treasure to the world named America.

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  47. I vote for south dakota – somewhere in the vicinity of mount rushmore.

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  48. tuskyou says:

    My husband was cracking up about this garden. He starts listing all the people who won’t be there: Drew Brees, Bubba Wallace, Paul Ryan, Gov Cuomo, Chicago mayor……….He was having a good old time with this, lol

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    • Rhoda R says:

      Sounds like a lovely Quarantine Game.

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      • tuskyou says:

        That’s funny but in all honesty I’m try to strike that word starting with q from my vocabulary. Remember when we just used to live? We were talking about this too: you went to work, cut your grass, did whatever without a care in the world.

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