During the Government Shut-Down, many in Congress took the opportunity to go to the World War II Memorial, open the gates for Vets in Wheelchairs (visiting their Heritage) and being sure to have their photo-ops. These were Tea Party favorites–and also RNC Chairman, Reince Priebus–showing their “Patriotism”. Obviously, they must have called the Media ahead of time, so all wouldn’t go for naught.
The linked article, from The Huffington Post, points out that those faux protests were merely charades: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-cesca/tea-partiers-exploited-th_b_4117465.html. You might recall that, during the 2012 GOP Presidential Debates, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), when asked which Federal Departments he would close, could only say: “Commerce, Education and UM, what’s the third one…?” But, when he was interviewed by a radio station, he did remember to include Interior. Now, that’s the Department that manages such Parks as: the Lincoln Memorial; Arlington National Cemetery; the Grand Canyon; etc. Non-essential, hmmm? How about Tourism Revenues that were lost.
During those same Republican Debates, Ron Paul and Herman Cain also said they would close Interior. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) more recently voted to slash Interior, as did the two photo-op stars, Cong. Steve Stockman (R-TX) who joined Michelle Backmann (R-MN) at the WWII Memorial. Of course, Sarah Palin and other out-of-power Republicans stopped-by to blame the GOP’s efforts on President Barack Obama.
Hey, I have previously written that, in time, the Washington Mall could become a virtual parking lot of monument-after-monuments. We’ve got the 1990 Operation Desert Storm in Iraq and the two more-recent ones to remember, as well. And, let’s not forget World War I, the Spanish-American War and, who knows how many more there will be in the future. Aren’t there better purposes for all those funds then to build more and more monuments to Wars that, for the most part, should never have Been.
Use those funds, rather, to finance Education that can hopefully enhance a better understanding of other Peoples. Perhaps, we could accelerate Medical Research and Care for our Veterans of those Wars–as well as the Citizens who were maimed. How about re-building those countries–like we did for Europe after World War II?
Let’s build one more Humongous Monument–so ostentatious that we would not ever want to build another–and dedicate it as a Monument to Peace and Understanding. Why not celebrate a Movement toward a Solution, rather than to a Problem?