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Conservative Leaders: History Matters, Protect America’s Monuments

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Over 100 leaders of the conservative movement have joined together to issue a “memo to the movement” applauding President Trump’s “Executive Order on Protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues and Combating Recent Criminal Violence” and decrying the vandalism and assaults on revered American monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial, statues of former Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Andrew Jackson, and even military veterans and Christian leaders who worked to abolish slavery.

The full text of the memo to the movement and list of signers may be found below:

July 2, 2020

Washington, DC

Conservatives applaud President Donald Trump for issuing his June 26 “Executive Order on Protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues and Combating Recent Criminal Violence.” The President’s unequivocal statement denounces recent nationwide assaults on revered American monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial, statues of former Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Andrew Jackson, and even military veterans and Christian leaders who worked to abolish slavery.

As stated in the Executive Order, “Many of the rioters, arsonists, and left-wing extremists who have carried out and supported these acts have explicitly identified themselves with ideologies – such as Marxism – that call for the destruction of the United States system of government.”

The document adds, “Individuals and organizations have the right to peacefully advocate for either the removal or the construction of any monument. But no individual or group has the right to damage, deface, or remove any monument by use of force.”

Citing several statutes, the Executive Order resolves to prosecute to the fullest extent permitted under federal law “any person or entity that destroys, damages, vandalizes, or desecrates a monument, memorial, or statue within the United States.” It also notes that some state and local governments “appear to have surrendered to mob rule, imperiling community safety, allowing for the wholesale violation of our laws, and privileging the violent impulses of the mob over the rights of law-abiding citizens.”

The Order directs the Attorney General to provide assistance to “State and local law enforcement authorities in connection with their investigations or prosecutions for the desecration of monuments, memorials, and statues, regardless of whether such structures are situated on Federal property.”

Accordingly, A.G. Barr has ordered the formation of a task force to take on the “antigovernment extremists” that have disrupted peaceful protests and sowed chaos and destruction.

Author Jarrett Stepman has quoted Abraham Lincoln, speaking as a young man in 1838, about the dangers of “mob law.” If rightful authorities allow a general state of lawlessness and “mobocractic spirit” to continue unrestrained, said Lincoln, the strongest bulwark of any Government . . . may effectually be broken down and destroyed.”

Presaging the present day, the future President Lincoln added, [W]henever the vicious portion of the population shall be permitted to gather in bands of hundreds and thousands, and burn churches, ravage and rob provision-stores, throw printing presses into rivers, shoot editors, and hang and burn obnoxious persons at pleasure, and with impunity; depend on it, this Government cannot last.”

The truth about American history, even with all its flaws, inspires patriotism. The responsibility to teach our history with honesty and respect, unfortunately, has been taken over by false historians who portray America as an evil society that must be destroyed.

This issue is not about monuments alone; it is about history, culture, and values that this generation must teach to our children and future generations. In two words: America Matters. Conservatives support principled, legal actions to restore peace, security, and freedom under the law, and oppose violence that widens social division and destroys history on our watch.

(All organizations listed for IDENTIFICATION purposes only)

The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)

Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
President, Republic Book Publishers
Myron Ebell
Director, Center for Energy and Environment,
Competitive Enterprise Institute
The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell
The Leadership Institute
William L. Walton
Council for National Policy
The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio
Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq.
Chairman, CNP Action, Inc.
President and CEO, First Liberty Institute
L. Brent Bozell, III
Founder and President
Media Research Center
The Honorable Donald Paul Hodel
U.S. Secretary of Energy (1982-1985)
U.S. Secretary of Interior (1985-1989)
Ed Corrigan
Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project &
President, Conservative Partnership Institute
Rachel Bovard
Senior Director of Policy
Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)
The Honorable Tony Perkins
Family Research Council
The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Chief Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)
Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council
David N. Bossie
Citizens United
Elaine Donnelly
Center for Military Readiness
Father Frank Pavone
National Director
Priests for Life
Ambassador Henry F. Cooper
President Reagan's Chief Defense sand Space Negotiator
Former SDI Director
J. Christian Adams
Public Interest Legal Foundation
Ron Robinson
Young America's Foundation
Floyd Brown
The Western Journal
Dr. John C. Eastman
Senior Fellow
The Claremont Institute
James C. Dobson, Ph.D.
Founder & President
Dr. James Dobson Family Institute
Ralph Benko
The Capitalist League
Rod D. Martin
Founder & CEO
The Martin Organization, Inc.
Haley E. Martin
The Martin Foundation
Guillermo J. Aragon
Chief Financial Officer
Martin Imaging, Inc.
Judson Phillips
Tea Party Nation
Ron Pearson
Executive Director
Conservative Victory Fund
Charlie Gerow
Vice Chairman
American Conservative Union
Susan A. Carleson
Carleson Center for Welfare Reform
Khadine Ritter
Eagle Forum of Ohio
Penna Dexter
Point of View Radio
The Honorable Penny Pullen
Former Member, National Council on Education Research & Improvement
Allen Hebert
American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston
Richard Norman
Founder and President
The Richard Norman Company
The Honorable George K. Rasley Jr.
Managing Editor
Joseph A. Morris
Partner, Morris & De La Rosa
Assistant U.S. Attorney General (Reagan Meese)
Donna Rice Hughes
DRH Enterprises
Karen England
Executive Director,
Nevada Family Alliance & Capitol Resource Institute
Kay R. Daly
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Richard Manning
Americans for Limited Government
Doug Gamble
Sheryl Kaufman
Board of Directors
Americans for Limited Government
William W. Pascoe, III
Board Member
Tea Party Patriots Action
William Shaker
Washington Marketing Group
Lewis K. Uhler
Founder and President
National Tax Limitation Committee
Willes K. Lee
President, National Federation of Republican Assemblies
Dr. Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO
Rob Chambers
Vice President
AFA Action
Richard D. Hayes
Hayes Berry White & Vanzant LLP
Kielle C. Horton
The Lindsey Foundation
James L. Martin
60 Plus Association
Karen Hartman
Heartbeat International
Jay Mount
MDS Communications Corporation
Andresen Blom
Hawaiian Values
Rebekah Gantner
Executive Director, Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund
Richard Rounsavelle
Media Research Center
Dr. Frank Wright
President & CEO
D. James Kennedy Ministries
E. Ray Moore
Exodus Mandate
Roxanne Phillips
Member, Executive Committee
Council for National Policy

The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
White House Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)
Mary Vought
Executive Director
Senate Conservatives Fund
Jenny Beth Martin
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund
Thomas Fitton
Judicial Watch, Inc.
The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Constitutional Congress, Inc.
The Honorable Jim DeMint
Conservative Partnership Institute
Member, US Senate (SC 2005-2013)
Wesley Denton
Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)

Lisa B. Nelson
Chief Executive Officer
American Legislative Exchange Council
Cleta Mitchell, Esq.
Foley & Lardner LLP
Bridgett Wagner
Vice President, Policy Promotion
The Heritage Foundation
The Honorable Colin A. Hanna
Let Freedom Ring, Inc.
The Honorable James C. Miller III
Budget Director for President Reagan (1985-1988)
The Honorable Charles J. Cooper
Assistant Attorney General, President Ronald Reagan & Cooper & Kirk, PLLC
The Honorable Tom DeLay
Former Majority Leader
US House of Representatives
Michelle Easton
Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women
Charlie Copeland
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Mike Davis
Founder and President
The Article III Project (A3P)
The Honorable Gary L. Bauer
American Values
Trent England
Executive Director
Save Our States
Craig Shirley
Reagan Biographer
Presidential Historian
Eunie Smith
President Emeritus
Eagle Forum
Sherri R. Martin
Executive Vice President
The Martin Organization, Inc.
Christina Murphy Lusk
Campaign for the American Future
Shawn A. Mitchell
Former National Chaplain,
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
Kevin Freeman
Founder and Chairman
NSIC Institute
Robert D. Thompson
Former Administrator
The Weyrich Lunch (1999-2016)
Melissa Kaye Ortiz
Motivational Speaker & Blogger
Peggy Dau
Kelly Monroe Kullberg
Spokesperson, American Association of Evangelicals (AAE)
C. Preston Noell III
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
Gerard Kassar
State Chairman
NYS Conservative Party
Tom DeWeese
American Policy Center
Debbie Georgatos
Host, America, Can We Talk?
CWT Publications, LLC
Anne Schlafly Cori
Eagle Forum
Gary Marx
The Concord Fund

Paavo Ensio
Universal Minerals Group
Tim Macy
Gun Owners of America
Chad Connelly
Faith Wins
Joan Holt Lindsey
Lindsey Communications
Jack Park
Conservative Activist and Donor
Law Offices of Jack Park
Richard H. Wright
Sal Russo
Co-Founder and Chief Strategist
Tea Party Express
Matthew Tyrmand
Matthew Tyrmand LLC
Sean Noble
American Encore
Dr. Virginia Armstrong
National Court Watch Chairman
Eagle Forum
The Honorable Mike Hill
Florida State House
Robert K. Fischer
Meeting Coordinator
Conservatives of Faith
Mario Navarro da Costa
Director, Washington Bureau
Tradition, Family, Property
Bob Carlstrom
AMAC Action
Saulius “Saul” Anuzis
60 Plus Association
Lori Roman
President, American Constitutional Rights Union Action
Vivian N. DuBose
Noble Properties, Inc.
Ed Martin
Phyllis Schlafly Eagles
Dr. Seymour Fein
Managing Partner
CNF Pharma, LLC
Lee Beaman
Beaman Automotive Group
Melvin Adams
Noah Webster Educational Foundation
E.C. Sykes
General Partner
Aslan Ventures

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