After weeks of intensifying anger towards statues and monuments across the nation, President Donald Trump finally dropped the hammer on the outrageous tearing down of our history, authorizing the federal government to prosecute anyone destroying statues or monuments with up to ten years in prison. Though initially only Confederate generals and leaders fell victim to the mobs protesting the murder of George Floyd, their rage quickly extended to symbols of Western civilization like Christopher Columbus and even into our nation’s founding fathers. But the true absurdity of their backward objectives revealed itself once statues of Ulysses S. Grant, the Union general who led the fight against slavery, Francis Scott Key, the writer of the national anthem, and then literal saints, specifically St. Junipero Serra, a missionary who came to the New World in 1749 and was canonized in 2015 by Pope Francis, all succumbed to the mob.Â
TrumpÂ’s long due action came after attempts at a statue of Andrew Jackon, the seventh President of the United States, in Washington D.C.Â’s Lafayette Square near the White House and the nearby St. JohnÂ’s Church. Earlier vandalisms of the Lincoln Memorial, honoring the President who freed the slaves, and the World War II Memorial also contributed to the decision.
Early Tuesday morning, Trump tweeted, Â“I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the U.S. with up to 10 years in prison, per the VeteranÂ’s Memorial Preservation Act, or such other laws that may be pertinent. This action is taken effective immediately, but may also be used retroactively for destruction or vandalism already caused. There will be no exceptions!Â”
House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) also weighed in, tweeting,Â“The second attack on St. JohnÂ’s Church is a chilling message that faith and freedom are enemies in the eyes of the anarchists on the street. Perpetrators must be prosecuted. These senseless attacks must be stopped.Â”
This decision follows TrumpÂ’s announcement of his intent for an executive order to protect citiesÂ’s public statues and monuments, telling Eternal Word Television Networkâ€™s Raymond Arroyo Â“We are going to do an executive order and make the cities guard their monuments,â€ť and that the incessant destruction Â“is a disgrace.â€ťÂ
The VeteranÂ’s Memorial Preservation Act permits up to a ten year sentence and fines for anyone who damages or attempts to damage â€śany structure, plaque, statue, or other monument on public property commemorating the service of any person or persons in the armed forces of the United States.â€ť
If solely in protest of the murder of Floyd and systemic oppression, then vandalizing the 54th Massachusetts Monument, an abolition aligned monument to the African-American troops on the northern side of the civil war, or defacing a statue of abolitionist Matthias Baldwin would cut directly against that respectable intent. Instead, these protests have entered into the revolutionary and the violently anti-American, as evidenced by tearing down statues of George Washington in Portland, Oregon, or the numerous other U.S. Presidents surrendering to the mob. As this incendiary cultural revolution takes aim at erasing all of American history, the law must come down upon the vandals to prevent any further escalation of the Orwellian agenda behind the tearing down of historical monuments and statues.
â€śEvery book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street and building has been renamed, every date has been alteredâ€¦History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.â€ť â€” 1984, George OrwellÂ
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